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Breaking Free expands research team

Breaking Free Group has expanded its behavioural science and research team with the appointment of Emma Brown as Research Manager.

Since 2013 the Group’s Research Director, Dr Sarah Elison, has overseen a systematic programme of research into the effectiveness and implementation of the Breaking Free Online digital health intervention for substance misuse. This research is guided by the Medical Research Council’s framework for developing and evaluating complex healthcare interventions, and to date has yielded 25 peer-reviewed studies published or in press. 

The appointment of Emma Brown is to facilitate the large-scale randomised and controlled studies that Breaking Free Group is now undertaking in collaboration with its partner agencies and academics in leading universities. Following her MSc in health psychology, she recently submitted a doctoral (PhD) thesis that focused on specific aspects of the behavioural science of smoking cessation.

Dr Elison commented: “We are delighted that Emma has joined us from the University of Manchester to help us take our clinical research to the next level. She brings additional health psychology and behavioural science expertise to the team, along with extensive experience of conducting real-world research within prisons, which is a challenging but exciting area of focus for us going forward.”


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