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Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Having gained Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health through completing accredited training and membership exams in 2009, I combine my teaching and research interests with working part-time with the public health consultant team at Sunderland City Council. Having worked at the Universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield, my principle areas of interest have been in policy interventions to tackle chronic disease risk factors such as obesity and alcohol misuse.

Teaching and supervision

I am currently the programme lead for MSc Public Health on which I contribute to and run two modules, Epidemiology for Public Health and Applied Public Health. I also teach on the BSc Public Health programme (Introduction to Epidemniology and Health Improvement). I supervise BSc, MSc, MPharm and co-supervise several PhD students.

Research interests for potential research students

  • Local alcohol policies
  • Obesity prevention
  • Workplace interventions
  • Evaluation of public health programmes and policies


My current specialist area of reserach is in local alcohol policies aimed at alcohol harm prevention which has been the subject of two recent competititively awarded research grants, on which I have been principle investigator. Thanks in part to these projects and the related work of colleagues, we are building regional and national links as well as a growing reputation for high impact research in this area, feeding into national policy debates and Govermnent published guidance documents. I am also interested in local and national public health policies around obesity prevention and in effectiveness evaluations of both obesity prevention and alcohol harm reduction policies and programmes.


Number of items: 21.


Mooney, John and Carlin, Eric (2019) Minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland - The rest of the UK should follow Scotland’s lead. British Medical Journal, 366.

Hall, Nicola, Mooney, John, Sattar, Zeibeda and Ling, Jonathan (2019) Extending alcohol brief advice into non-clinical community settings: A qualitative study of experiences and perceptions of delivery staff. BMC Health Services Research, 19 (11). ISSN 1472-6963

Allan, Chris, Mooney, John and Ling, Jonathan (2018) Social deprivation as a marker for alcohol harms, and implications for local harm reduction policies in England: an ecological study. The Lancet, 292 (S15). s15. ISSN 0140-6736

Mooney, John, Imarhiagbe, Michael and Ling, Jonathan (2018) Should UK Pneumococcal Vaccine Eligibility Criteria Include Alcohol Dependency in Areas with High Alcohol-Related Mortality? Vaccines, 6 (2). pp. 25-29. ISSN 2076-393X

Crawford, Fiona, Mackison, Dionne, Mooney, John and Ellaway, Anne (2017) Observation and assessment of the nutritional quality of ‘out of school’ foods popular with secondary school pupils at lunchtime. BMC Public Health, 17 (887). ISSN 1471-2458

Mooney, John, Holmes, John, Gavens, Lucy, de Vocht, Frank, Hickman, Matt, Lock, Karen and Brennan, Alan (2017) Investigating local policy drivers for alcohol harm prevention: a comparative case study of two local authorities in England. BMC Public Health, 17 (825). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1471-2458

Gavens, Lucy, Holmes, John, Buykx, Penny, de Vocht, Frank, Egan, Matt, Grace, Daniel, Lock, Karen, Mooney, John and Brennan, Alan (2017) Processes of local alcohol policy-making in England: Does the theory of policy transfer provide useful insights into public health decision-making? Health and Place. ISSN 1353-8292

Mooney, John, Sattar, Zeibeda, de Vocht, Frank, Smolar, Maria, Nicholls, James and Jonathan, Ling (2016) Assessing the feasibility of using health information in alcohol licensing decisions: a case study of seven English local authorities. The Lancet, 388 (S79). ISSN 0140-6736

de Vocht, Frank, Heron, Jon, Campbell, Rhona, Egan, Matthew, Mooney, John, Angus, Colin, Brenan, Alan and Hickman, Mathew (2016) Testing the impact of local alcohol licencing policies on reported crime rates in England. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 71 (2). pp. 137-145. ISSN 0143-005X

de Vocht, Frank, Heron, Jon, Angus, Colin, Brennan, Alan, Mooney, John, Lock, Karen, Campbell, Rona and Hickman, Mathew (2016) Measurable effects of local alcohol licensing policies on population health in England. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 70. pp. 231-237. ISSN 0143-005X

Mackison, D., Mooney, John, Macleod, M. and Anderson, A. S. (2016) Lessons learnt from a feasibility study on price incentivised healthy eating promotions in workplace catering establishments. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 29 (1). pp. 86-94. ISSN 0952-3871

de Vocht, F., Campbell, R., Brennan, A., Mooney, John, Angus, C. and Hickman, M. (2015) Propensity score matching for selection of local areas as controls for evaluation of effects of alcohol policies in case series and quasi case-control designs. Public Health, 132. 40 - 49. ISSN 0033-3506

Mooney, John, Jepson, Ruth, Frank, John and Geddes, Rosemary (2015) Obesity Prevention in Scotland: A Policy Analysis Using the ANGELO Framework. Obesity Facts, 8 (4). pp. 273-281. ISSN 1662-4025

Mooney, John, Holmes, John, Brennan, Alan, Meier, Petra S, Hickman, Matt and Lock, Karen (2014) Investigating local policy drivers for alcohol harm prevention: a comparative case study of two local authorities in England. The Lancet, 384 (S). S52. ISSN 0140-6736

Mooney, John, Anderson, Annie, Graham, Tracey and Frank, John (2014) Incentivising “healthier” workplace vending options using price discounting: A multi-site study in central Scotland. Obesity Facts, 7 (s1). p. 126.

Mooney, John, Frank, John and Anderson, A. S. (2013) Workplace dietary improvement initiatives ought not to be discouraged by modest returns from low-intensity interventions. European Journal of Public Health, 23 (2). pp. 193-194. ISSN 1101-1262


Walmsley, Emily and Mooney, John (2019) Priorities for Action on Alcohol in the 2018 Strategy. Discussion Paper. FPH, London.

Conference or Workshop Item

Gebresilasie, Wondu, Mooney, John and Ling, Jonathan (2019) Investigating inequality in childhood immunization coverage in Ethiopia using Lorenz curve derived Gini-coefficients. In: WSPID 2019, 5-8 November, Manila. (Unpublished)

Gordon, Isabel, Hall, Nicola, Mooney, John, Newbury-Birch, Dorothy and Ling, Jonathan (2019) Screening and referral of young people into an alcohol misuse programme in North East England: a qualitative evaluation. In: KBS Annual Conference 2019 hosted in Utrecht, 3-7 June 2019, Utrecht. (Submitted)

Ihedike, Christabel, Price, Monica and Mooney, John (2018) The Effect of Photochemical Smog on Respiratory Health Patients in Abuja Nigeria: 11th International Conference on Air Quality: Science & Application: Barcelona 12th-16th March 2018. In: 11th International Conference on Air Quality Science and Application, 12-16 Mar 2018, Barcelona. (Unpublished)

Hall, Nicola, Sattar, Zeibeda, Mooney, John and Ling, Jonathan (2017) The feasibility of providing alcohol brief advice across different community settings in the UK. In: KBS Annual Conference, 2017, Sheffield.

This list was generated on Sat Jun 6 12:13:22 2020 BST.
My main areas of expertise overlap substantially with my reserarch interests and include obesity prevention and public health interventions to reduce population level alcohol harms. I also have a pro-active interest in the wider communication of public health messages and to this end have written articles and blog posts, as well as performing 'public health stand-up comedy' including performances at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, as well as in my city of origin (Glasgow) and throughout the UK. Some examples of my wider public engagement work are:

1. A Prescription for tackling riskier drinking: FUSE Open Science Blog, Jan 2017.

2. Should Nanny be in charge of the tuck-shop (and off-licence)? FUSE Open Science Blog, Jan 2016.

3. A Munich alcohol gathering with a difference: FUSE Open Science Blog, June 2015.

Most recent public health stand-up gig (on alcohol policies in Newcastle).

Last updated 17 April 2020

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