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Professor Adrian Taylor
Honorary Professor


Prof Adrian Taylor was appointed as Professor of Health Service Research, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry, Plymouth in December 2013.

Professor Adrian Taylor completed his PhD at the University of Toronto in 1989, and spent 10 and 3 years, respectively, at the University of Brighton and De Montfort University in teaching and research posts. At Exeter, he leads the research and curriculum developments in psychology within Sport and Health Sciences (SHS), as a Professor of Exercise and Health Psychology, and is the SHS Director of Research. He sits on the University’s Science Strategy theme board for Translational Medicine.

His main research focus is on the effects of exercise on psychological well being, and understanding how best to promote physical activity to enhance such outcomes, but also more generally (eg, through counselling or GP Exercise Referral Schemes). He has published studies involving randomised controlled trials, laboratory studies, and qualitative research. Current research focuses on improving dimensions of mental health, include nicotine addiction, severe mental illness, depression, and stress reactivity, in response to chronic and acute exercise. Laboratory research, involving fMRI brain scanning and eye tracker/dot probe tasks to assess attentional bias, is focusing on the role of walking on nicotine, alcohol and chocolate cravings, withdrawal symptoms, affect, and psycho-physiological responses to cue-elicited cravings and stress during abstinence.

His research has been published in prestigious international journals such as the British Medical Journal, J of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry, Health Psychology, Addiction, Psychopharmacology, Annual Reviews of Public Health, Epidemiology and Community Health, Biological Psychology, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Appetite, British J of General Practice, Cochrane Systematic Reviews, HTA Reports, J of Affective Disorders, BMC Trials, BMC Health Service Research, J of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Psychology of Sport & Exercise, J of Sport Science, Ageing and Physical Activity, Mental Health & Physical Activity. In 2005 he co-edited a book entitled Exercise, Health & Mental Health: Emerging Perspectives.

He has been involved in significant research projects funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Cancer Research, National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI- 9 partners including the MRC & ESRC), Health Technology Assessment (HTA), Canadian Tobacco Control and International Primary Care Respiratory Group. He has been (or is) Principal Investigator for 4 randomised controlled trials, and co-lead intervention development for one of the largest trials (TREAD) in the world on treating depression with exercise.

As former Chair of the Exercise Science Special Committee of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science, Adrian co-authored the NHS National Quality Assurance Framework for GP exercise referral schemes (www.doh.gov.uk). As a Fellow of BASES he has worked in applied settings with occupational drivers (funded by Dept of Transport and ARRIVA), musicians at the Royal College of Music, and various health professionals such as Health Trainers, Stop Smoking Advisors, and Physiotherapists.

He was Co-Editor in Chief of Psychology of Sport and Exercise (2003-7), and is founding Co-Editor of Mental Health and Physical Activity (2008) (http://ees.elsevier.com/menpa/ ).

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