Professor Hayden McRobbie is a health behaviour change expert with a special interest in tobacco and obesity.
Hayden graduated with his degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Otago in 1996. After working in general medicine and surgery for three years he moved to the UK to take up a post in the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit (now the Health and Lifestyle Unit) at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine. Whilst working in the unit he completed his PhD (Medical Psychology), which focussed on tobacco withdrawal symptomatology.
Hayden is an experienced researcher with skills in undertaking large randomised controlled trials, cohort studies and surveys. His main areas of research are in: (1) the treatment of tobacco dependence with a current focus on electronic cigarettes and digital strategies; and (2) behavioural interventions for weight management.
He is a Professor at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Consultant in Lifestyle Medicine at Lakes District Health Board, New Zealand. He is also Fellow of The Australasian Society for Lifestyle Medicine, and serves on the editorial boards of Addiction and Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
In the last decade Hayden has played a key role in Tobacco Control in New Zealand and over the past 3 years has acted as the Clinical Champion in Child Obesity for the New Zealand Ministry of Health.