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Felix Naughton

Dr Felix Naughton – Research Associate

BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol

Felix’s research interests primarily lie in understanding how to change health behaviours, particularly smoking and smoking during pregnancy. He is specifically interested in the use of tailoring in behaviour change interventions and the use of new technologies in health care and health promotion, particularly mobile phones. During his PhD he developed an automated computer tailored smoking cessation self-help programme for pregnant smokers which delivered support primarily via SMS text messages (MiQuit www.miquit.co.uk). He is currently a co-investigator in an NIHR funded programme of studies looking at improving the effectiveness and reach of NHS support for smoking cessation in pregnancy. This includes further refinement and evaluation of MiQuit. Recent work also includes the iQuit in Practice trial which evaluated a tailored written and text message smoking cessation support system for smokers attending level 2 smoking cessation support at their GP surgery.

Felix is a Registered Health Psychologist, having completed the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) stage 2 qualification in Health Psychology, a chartered member of the BPS and is a full member of the Division of Health Psychology (DHP). As part of his clinical practice he worked as a smoking cessation counsellor specialising in supporting pregnant smokers. He is also a member of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) and is the convenor of Synergy, a subdivision of the EHPS set up to promote networking and collaboration among Health Psychologists across Europe http://www.ehps.net/synergy/. He currently serves on the Standing Conference Scientific Committee for the DHP (2012-2014) and the Scientific Committee for the EHPS (2015).

Felix is a module leader for a health promotion module for the University’s MPhil in Public Health and is a course and thesis supervisor. Within the University he supervises and teaches undergraduate students studying psychology. He co-supervises PhD student Silja-Riin Voolma. Felix is also an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Nottingham.

Recent publications:

Fahy SJ, Cooper S, Coleman T, Naughton F, Bauld L. Provision of smoking cessation support for pregnant women in England: results from an online survey of NHS Stop Smoking Services for Pregnant women. BMC Health Services Research (accepted).

Naughton F, McEwen A, Sutton S. Use and effectiveness of lapse prevention strategies among pregnant smokers. Journal of Health Psychology (accepted).

Sutton S, Smith S, Jamison J, Boase S, Mason D, Prevost AT, Brimicombe J, Sloan M, Gilbert H, Naughton F. Study protocol for iQuit in Practice: a randomised controlled trial to assess the feasibility, acceptability and effecitveness of tailored web- and text-based facilitation of smoking cessation in primary care. BMC Public Health, 2013, 13(1): 324

Naughton F, Jamison J, and Sutton S. Attitudes towards SMS text message smoking cessation support: a qualitative study of pregnant smokers. Health Education Research, 2013, 28(5):911-22

Naughton F, Eborall H, and Sutton S. Dissonance and disengagement in pregnant smokers: a qualitative study. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 2013, 8(1): 24-32

Naughton F, Alexandrou E, Dryden S, Bath J, and Giles M. Understanding treatment delay among problem drinkers: what inhibits and facilitates help seeking? Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 2013, 20(4): 297-303.

Jamison J, Naughton F, Sutton S, and Gilbert H. Delivering smoking cessation support by mobile phone text message: what information do smokers want? A focus group study.Journal of Biobehavioral Research, 2013, 18(1): 1-23

Naughton F, Prevost AT, Gilbert H, and Sutton S. Randomised controlled trial evaluation of a tailored leaflet and SMS text message self-help intervention for pregnant smokers (MiQuit). Nicotine and Tobacco Research 2012, 14, 569-577.

Naughton F. Tailoring behavioural support and tailoring health psychology careers. In Forshaw MJ & Sheffield D. (Eds) Health Psychology in Action. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2012.

Naughton F. Stage 2: The ‘PhD route’ experience. Health Psychology Update, 2011; 20 (3), 16-19.

Naughton F, and Sutton S. Going mobile: delivering behavioural support via SMS text messages. The European Health Psychologist 2011; 13: 27-29.

Llewellyn DJ, Lang IA, Langa KM, Naughton F, Matthews FE. Exposure to secondhand smoke and cognitive impairment in non-smokers: national cross sectional study with cotinine measurement. BMJ 2009; 338: b462.

Naughton F, Sutton S, and Prevost T. Self-help smoking cessation interventions in pregnancy – a systematic review and meta-analysis. Addiction 2008; 103(4): 566-579.

Naughton F, Ashworth P, and Skevington SM. Does sleep quality predict pain-related disability in chronic pain patients? The mediating role of depression and pain severity. Pain2007; 127(3): 243-252.


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