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Paul Toner
Visiting Research Fellow



Dr Paul Toner is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is currently a Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) Griffith Edwards Academic Fellow (2015-19) developing alcohol screening and assessment measures for young people and has worked in the addictions field for several years.

Paul was a Research Fellow (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Health Sciences until August 2018. Previously he was a co-investigator on an NIHR HTA funded project - Adaptation and feasibility study of a family and social network intervention for young people who misuse alcohol and drugs - with colleagues from the University of Birmingham and on an Alcohol Research UK funded study - A national study of acute care alcohol health workers.

Other examples of addiction-related projects he has worked on include: a mixed methods evaluation of the national Alcohol Improvement Programme commissioned by the Department of Health through the NIHR Policy Research Programme; ESRC funded research on developing a new social support measure for the family members of problem substance users; a review of the Bristol Maternity Drug Service; and an evaluation of the pilot Family Alcohol Service, London.


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, First Class – Queen’s University Belfast
  • MSc Social Research – University of Bath
  • PhD Psychology – University of Bath
  • CPsychol – British Psychological Society
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice - University of York



Paul's research interests are in addiction and mental health research; mixed methodology; psychometrics and psychological approaches to assessment and intervention.


  • Development of an alcohol screening and assessment measure for young people

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Dr Paul Toner
Visiting Research Fellow


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Invited talks and conferences

  • The development of an item bank to assess alcohol use and alcohol problems in young people. 49th International Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Amsterdam, June 2018
  • The development of new alcohol screening and assessment measures for young people. Society for the Study of Addiction Annual Conference, Newcastle, November 2017.
  • Capturing risky and problem drinking in young people. 41st Annual International New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group Conference, Weston-super-Mare, May 2017.
  • A systematic review of alcohol screening and assessment measures for young people. 13th Annual Conference of INEBRIA, Lausanne, Switzerland, September 2016.