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Geoff Bates

Geoff Bates

PhD Student


areas of expertise

Geoff Bates is currently completing a PhD with the Public Health Institute (PHI) under the supervision of Dr Conan Leavey (PHI), Dr David Tod (School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, LJMU) and Lisa Jones (PHI).

The research entitled ‘Exploring decision making regarding the use of drugs used for muscular enhancement to inform engagement and behaviour change interventions’ will investigate determinants for decision making regarding the use of drugs for muscular enhancement and the processes through which these decisions are made. The research comprises four studies utilising systematic review methods, Q methodology and in depth interviews. Together they will generate a body of evidence regarding decision making relating to drugs used for muscular enhancement and opportunities for intervention informed by the context of theories of decision making and behaviour change. It is proposed that the evidence emerging from this research will inform the development of a behaviour change intervention following completion of this project.

Before starting his PhD research Geoff was employed as a researcher at the Public Health Institute in the Evidence Review team and was responsible for producing systematic reviews and other evidence reviews on a broad range of public health topics. Geoff worked on a range of research projects including a national survey of performance enhancing drug users and systematic reviews around the effectiveness of interventions relating to illicit drug use. Geoff’s main areas of interest are in harm reduction and prevention relating to substance misuse and in particular performance enhancing drug use. In addition he is interested in the application of evidence to the development of policy, and the development of effective public health guidance.