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Professor in Public Health Interventions, Queen Mary University of London

Professor McRobbie graduated with his degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Otago (New Zealand) in 1996. After working in general medicine and surgery for three years he moved to the UK to take up a post in the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit (now the Health and Lifestyle Unit) at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London. Whilst working in the unit he completed his PhD, which focused on tobacco withdrawal symptomatology.

Hayden’s main areas of research are in (1) the treatment of tobacco dependence with a current focus on electronic cigarettes and digital strategies for preventing relapse and (2) in behavioural interventions for weight management. He has also worked as a clinician in the Stop Smoking Services and the unit’s Weight Action Programme.

Hayden is frequently involved in teaching, training and development of healthcare professionals in smoking cessation and weight management. He is also a clinical advisor to the New Zealand Ministry of Health Tobacco Control Programme and is the Clinical Practice Champion for the Ministry’s Raising Healthy Kids Health Target to help tackle childhood obesity.

Professor McRobbie contributes to numerous expert bodies, committees, working groups and conferences and is an Assistant Editor of Addiction, Associate Editor of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Deputy Editor of the Journal of Smoking Cessation, and a member of the Society for Research of Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT).


  • 2008–2019
    Professor, Queen Mary University of London