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Jo completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of York (1994) and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (2002). Her PhD focused on perceptual disturbances in women with eating disorders, particularly the perception of own and others’ body size using novel computer-graphic techniques. Jo worked in education research for nine years until December 2014, investigating the selection of students into undergraduate medicine, the social, demographic, emotional and cognitive predictors of school achievement, and reforms to A-levels. Jo is experienced in statistics and the use of large datasets and has taught research design and statistics at a number of universities. Jo joined the Primary Care Unit as a Research Associate in January 2015 and is a member of the Behavioural Science Group.
Jo works with Prof. Stephen Sutton on smoking cessation studies, particularly on smoking cessation during pregnancy. She is currently working on projects in collaboration with the University of Nottingham and the University of East Anglia on tailored text-messaging cessation support for pregnant smokers (“MiQuit”), uptake of cessation support among pregnant and general smokers (and means of increasing uptake), predictors of quit attempts and abstinence during pregnancy, and patterns of nicotine dependence throughout pregnancy.