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I am a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Applied Sciences. I graduated with a PhD in psychology at the University of East London. My PhD explored the theory of nicotine titration, compensatory behaviours and e-cigarettes use. I currently teach Research Methods for psychological research, courses on Addictive Behaviours, Psychopharmacology and Mental Health.

The focus of my work centre around tobacco smoking cessation, the use of e-cigarettes, smoking patterns and behaviours, and exploring better ways to communicate public health messages around nicotine and EC relative harm and risk.

I am currently reviewing for the following journals:

 Addiction Journal

 Nicotine & Tobacco Research Oxford University Press

 Scientific Reports

 Psychopharmacology

 Society for the Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Research (SRNT) Annual meeting

 Inhalation Toxicology Journal

 Addictive Behaviors Journal

 Addictive Behaviors Reports Journal

 Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology journal

 Elsevier publisher

 The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM)

Courses taught

Psychology - BSc (Hons)

Addiction Psychology and Counselling - MSc/PgDip

PhD in Psychology

University of East London, Stratford campus, Water lane, London, E15 4LZ

2014
2019
Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Psychology with International Tourism Management

University of East London, Stratford campus, Water lane, London, E15 4LZ

2011
2014
Hourly Paid Lecturer
University of East London, Stratford campus, Water lane, London, E15 4LZ

 Teaching and lecturing duties:

 Lecturing on the BPS accredited psychology degree undergraduates and postgraduate programs on the following modules PY4101 Research Methods, PY6311 Drugs and Addictive Behaviours, PY4202 and PY5202 Applications of psychobiology, individual differences and social psychology and PY7154 Research Methods for the MSc in Psychology conversion course including Thematic analysis seminar session.

 Teaching duties also include marking of examinations, systemic record keeping of students registers

 Academic tutoring to level 4 and 5 psychology undergraduate levels and providing academic support to these students

 Supervision:

 Trained, managed and overseen the work of paid and volunteer research assistants

 Supported the supervision of 5 level 6 BSc students on their final year project.

 Research and Scholarly activities:

 Enhancing the school’s profile and research impact i) through peer-reviewed publications, ii) by keeping up to date with the most recent developments in my research area, iii) joining different relevant professional societies to keep up-to-date with current debates and possible funding opportunities.

 Being proactive in seeking external research funding to travel to conferences and similar events in order to showcase the institution’s research output and disseminate my research findings.

 Developing and nurturing fruitful research collaborations with academics from various institutions at national and international levels.

2014
2018
Education
Research Fellow
London South Bank University

Principal Investigator on a CRUK funded project 'Testing Nicotine Pod Vaping Devices: Are EU-TPD (Tobacco Product Directive) compliant pod-devices sufficiently satisfying to UK smokers?. The project explores nicotine absorption and associated subjective effects of e-cigarette pod-based systems in smokers. Responsibility for the delivery and day-to-day running of the project, data curation, management and analyses, reports write-up and dissemination.

Named Research fellow on an MRC funded project – Day-to-day running of the project, liaising with external and internal departments and bodies with regards to all financial and administrative tasks, data curation, data recruitment management, data analyses, report write-up and findings dissemination.

2018
2021
Education
Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA)
2017
2021
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT)
2017
2020
British Psychological Society (BPS)
2021
Prizes, awards, and accolades

‘Women scientists of the future in the field of addiction’ Nominee (Nov 2018)

Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA)


Evidence to public body

May 2021

I have co-authored a written response to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Vaping into an inquiry relating to the opportunities for legislative and policy reform in the UK after its exit from the EU “UK Tobacco Harm Reduction Opportunities Post-Brexit – Achieving a Smoker-Free 2030”


Feb 2021

I have co-authored a written response to Public Health Canada “Consultation – Proposed Concentration of Nicotine in Vaping Products Regulations”


Jan 2021

I have co-authored a written response to the APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) for the vaping Inquiry into the FCTC’s (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) nineth Conference of the Parties (COP9) which featured prominently in the APPG final report.


Oct 2019

I have co-authored a written response to the UK Government Consultation: Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s ‘Supporting Smokers to Quit’ Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research, London South Bank University https://www.qeios.com/read/article/394


Aug 2018

My work was cited in the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Seventh report on ‘E-cigarettes’. Accessed: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/e-cigarettes-17-19/publications/


Apr 2017

I was speaker at a round table discussion on the role and impact of e-cigarettes in the UK and as part of a harm reduction strategy to a delegation sent by the Philippines' authorities.


Dec 2017

I co-authored Report on ‘Nicotine Concentrations in Electronic Cigarettes’ addressed to Trading Standards upon request – report presenting up to date empirical evidence on the psycho-bio and behavioural effects of nicotine concentrations in humans, nicotine e-liquid toxicity, risks of ingestion and recommendations for trading standard.

In the same month, I also submitted to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee select committee ‘Written Evidence on the Effects of the EU TPD Limit on Nicotine Concentration in E-Liquid’ Accessed: http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/science-and-technology-committee/ecigarettes/written/74622.pdf


Jul 2017

I was invited speaker at a round table discussion on the role and impact of e-cigarettes in the UK and as part of a harm reduction strategy to a delegation sent by the Brazilian authorities. This was organised by the Knowledge Exchange Action group (KAP) and Nicotine Science and Policy group at the Guildhall, city of London Guildhall, Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7HH.


Changes in puffing topography and subjective effects over a 2-week period in e-cigarette naïve smokers: effects of device type and nicotine concentrations
Kimber, C., Soar, K. and Dawkins, L. (2021). Changes in puffing topography and subjective effects over a 2-week period in e-cigarette naïve smokers: effects of device type and nicotine concentrations. Addictive Behaviors. 118, p. 106909. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.106909

The time course of compensatory puffing with an electronic cigarette: Secondary analysis of real-world puffing data with high and low nicotine concentration under fixed and adjustable power settings
Cox, S., Goniewicz, M., Kosmider, Leon, McRobbie, H., Kimber, C. and Dawkins, Lynne (2021). The time course of compensatory puffing with an electronic cigarette: Secondary analysis of real-world puffing data with high and low nicotine concentration under fixed and adjustable power settings. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntab013

Study protocol for Testing Nicotine Pod Vaping Devices: Are EU-TPD (Tobacco Product Directive) compliant pod-devices sufficiently satisfying to UK smokers?
Kimber, C., Cox, S., Notley, C., Hunter, S., Zaidell, L. and Dawkins, L. (2021). Study protocol for Testing Nicotine Pod Vaping Devices: Are EU-TPD (Tobacco Product Directive) compliant pod-devices sufficiently satisfying to UK smokers? In-principle acceptance in Nicotine and Tobacco Research. https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/D5N2V

Tailored interventions to assist smokers to stop smoking using e-cigarettes (TASSE): Study protocol
Kimber, C., Cox, S., Frings, D. and Sideropoulos, V. (2020). Tailored interventions to assist smokers to stop smoking using e-cigarettes (TASSE): Study protocol. Qeios. https://doi.org/10.32388/9rdlja

Study protocol for comparing the subjective effects and nicotine delivery associated with the use of the EU and the US JUUL pod vaping device in UK smokers
Kimber, C., Cox, S., Caitlin, N., Hunter, S., Zaidell, L. and Dawkins, L. (2020). Study protocol for comparing the subjective effects and nicotine delivery associated with the use of the EU and the US JUUL pod vaping device in UK smokers. Nicotine and Tobacco Research (OUP). https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/5J3EW

Communicating the Relative Health Risks of E-Cigarettes: An online experimental study exploring the Effects of a Comparative Health Message versus the EU Nicotine Addiction Warnings on Smokers’ and Non-Smokers’ Risk Perceptions and Behavioural Intentions.
Kimber, C., Frings, D., Cox, S., Albery, I. and Dawkins, L. (2020). Communicating the Relative Health Risks of E-Cigarettes: An online experimental study exploring the Effects of a Comparative Health Message versus the EU Nicotine Addiction Warnings on Smokers’ and Non-Smokers’ Risk Perceptions and Behavioural Intentions. Addictive Behaviors. 101, p. 106177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106177

Daily exposure to formaldehyde and acetaldehyde and potential health risk associated with use of high and low nicotine e-liquid concentrations
Kosmider, L, Cox, S, Marzena, Z, Jolanta, K, Goniewicz, M, McRobbie, H, Kimber, C and Dawkins, L (2020). Daily exposure to formaldehyde and acetaldehyde and potential health risk associated with use of high and low nicotine e-liquid concentrations. Scientific Reports. 10 (6546). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-63292-1

Investigating within-person patterns and trajectories of dual e-cigarette and tobacco use: the TRAJECT mixed methods study protocol
Cox, S., Notley, C., Dawkins, L., Naughton, F., Beard, E., Kimber, C., Ward, E., Holland, R. and Kwasnicka, D. (2019). Investigating within-person patterns and trajectories of dual e-cigarette and tobacco use: the TRAJECT mixed methods study protocol. Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. Oslo 17 - 21 Sep 2019

The effects of the European E-cigarette health warning and comparative health messages on non-smokers' and smokers' risk perceptions and behavioural intentions: study protocol
Kimber, C, Frings, D, Cox, S, Albery, I and Dawkins, L (2018). The effects of the European E-cigarette health warning and comparative health messages on non-smokers' and smokers' risk perceptions and behavioural intentions: study protocol. BMC Public Health. 18 (1259). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6161-7

Data for 'Real-world’ compensatory behaviour with low nicotine concentration e-liquid: subjective effects and nicotine, acrolein and formaldehyde exposure
Dawkins, LE, Cox, S, Goniewicz, M, McRobbie, H, Kimber, CF, Doig, M and Kosmider, L (2019). Data for 'Real-world’ compensatory behaviour with low nicotine concentration e-liquid: subjective effects and nicotine, acrolein and formaldehyde exposure. John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Society for the Study of Addiction. https://doi.org/10.18744/LSBU.002952

First‐ versus second‐generation electronic cigarettes: predictors of choice and effects on urge to smoke and withdrawal symptoms
Dawkins, L., Kimber, C., Puwanesarasa, Y. and Soar, K. (2014). First‐ versus second‐generation electronic cigarettes: predictors of choice and effects on urge to smoke and withdrawal symptoms. Addiction. 110 (4), pp. 669-677. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.12807

Dataset: Co-development of mobile phone text messages to support smokers’ quitting by switching to an e-cigarette
Sideropoulos, V., Vangeli, E., Naughton, F, Cox, S., Frings, D., Notley, C., Brown, J., Kimber, C. and Dawkins, L. (2021). Dataset: Co-development of mobile phone text messages to support smokers’ quitting by switching to an e-cigarette. London South Bank University. https://doi.org/10.18744/lsbu.8y92z

Development and Testing of Relative Risk-based Health Messages for Electronic Cigarette Products
Kimber, C., Cox, S., Frings, D., Albery, I. and Dawkins, L. (2021). Development and Testing of Relative Risk-based Health Messages for Electronic Cigarette Products. Harm Reduction Journal. 18 (96). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-021-00540-1

Compensatory puffing with lower nicotine concentration e-liquids increases carbonyl exposure in e-cigarette aerosols
Dawkins, LE, Kosmider, L, Kimber, C., Kurek, J and Corcoran, O (2017). Compensatory puffing with lower nicotine concentration e-liquids increases carbonyl exposure in e-cigarette aerosols. Nicotine and Tobacco Research (OUP). 20 (8), p. 998=1003. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntx162

Self-titration by experienced e-cigarette users: blood nicotine delivery and subjective effects
Dawkins, LE, Kimber, C., Doig, M, Feyerabend, C and Corcoran, O (2016). Self-titration by experienced e-cigarette users: blood nicotine delivery and subjective effects. Psychopharmacology. 233 (15), pp. 2933-2941. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00213-016-4338-2