Health Behaviours (UCL)

Outline of research planned by University College London to understand how behaviour has been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic.


UCL Health Behaviours & COVID-19

The UCL Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group at the Department of Behavioural Science and Health in collaboration with the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change is launching a new survey about health behaviours in relation to COVID-19. They are looking to recruit UK adults to answer an online 20-minute survey now, and then a shorter 10-minute survey after 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months.


To understand better how this pandemic affects common health behaviours. The focus of this survey is on tobacco use, nicotine use (vaping), exercise and alcohol use.  The team hope that this study will aid them in developing support that may help people make health-protective changes to their behaviours.

Further information on the study from UCL 


To collect responses to an online survey now (which can take up to 20 minutes to complete) and then a shorter survey (up to 10-15min) after 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months.

Access the online survey

Further details

Which SPECTRUM members are involved?

  • Lion Shahab, University College London
  • Jamie Brown, University College London

Who is carrying out the research?

The study is conducted by members of the Departments of Behavioural Science and Health and Tobacco and Alcohol Research at University College London (UCL).

UCL Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group

The UCL Tobacco and Research Group (UTARG) aims to advance and integrate population and individual approaches to quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption by providing insights into population-wide influences on smoking and alcohol consumption and advancing the scientific foundation, and further the development of interventions aimed at promoting smoking cessation and helping people reduce their alcohol consumption.

Behavioural Science and Health

The Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health is dedicated to research on how human behaviour impacts health and health outcomes. It carries out cutting-edge research and provides high quality teaching into the impact of behavioural and emotional processes on disease aetiology and health outcomes, and to implement this knowledge to reduce disease risk and improve the health of the population.