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Ben Young
Research Fellow



Ben joined the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group in 2018 following 8 years at the University of Nottingham. During that time he contributed to a number of behavioural studies, including as part of a lung cancer screening trial and other projects  in the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies. He has experience of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and of different approaches to evidence synthesis.


  • BSc (Hons), GradDip, MSc, PhD



Ben’s research interests focus upon the study of psychological and behavioural processes in health and healthcare. He most recently worked on a study that aimed to understand the factors that influence self-management of physical health long-term conditions in people with severe mental illness. This involved applying the Mechanisms of Action framework to primary and secondary data with the results mapped to Behaviour Change Techniques. These formed content for diabetes and COPD self-management interventions, developed using experience-based co-design and to be evaluated in a feasibility study and a randomised controlled trial. Past research topics include:

  • The impact of lung cancer screening on smoking behaviour and health service use
  • Factors that influence cancer screening uptake
  • Mass media campaigns to reduce tobacco and alcohol consumption
  • Behavioural 'nudge' interventions to improve efficiency and reduce waste in healthcare services
  • The prevention of unintentional injuries to children in the home


  • DIAMONDS (Diabetes and Mental Illness Improving Services and Outcomes)

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Dr Ben Young
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 32(1330)