Penny Buykx PhD, CertAddictionStud, GradDipAppPsych, BBSc


University of Sheffield
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Tel:  +44(0)114 222 5202
Fax: +44(0)114 222 0749



I am a Senior Research Fellow with the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG). My research focuses on alcohol use, harms, public health policy options and treatment. I have been an investigator on over £2 million of grant funds and have more than 45 peer-reviewed publications.

I am the Senior Academic Coordinator of the University of Sheffield’s new Wellcome Trust PhD Scholarships in Public Health Economics and Decision Science. I am also Admissions Officer for the ScHARR Graduate Research Program.

Previous workplaces include Monash University School of Rural Health (Bendigo, Australia), Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre (Melbourne, Australia) and the National Drug Research Institute (Perth, Australia).

Research Interests

My research interests are:-

  • Alcohol and drug use and related harms
  • Mental health
  • Models of health service provision to improve access
  • Public health interventions

Teaching Interests

  • Research methods
  • Alcohol and drug use

PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising two PhD students on the following topics:

  • Women’s alcohol consumption and life transitions
  • Access to dementia care and support services in rural areas

Professional Activities

I regularly review for national and international health journals.  I also examine Masters and PhD theses.

Current and Recent Projects

  • The effectiveness of promotional campaigns associated with revised UK drinking guidelines: A prospective evaluation. Funded by NIHR
  • Public knowledge of the link between alcohol and cancer and public attitudes towards alcohol policy. Funded by CRUK
  • Evaluating the Diversion of Alcohol-Related Attendances (EDARA). Funded by National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme 
  • An Evidence-Based Model for Estimating Requirements for Specialist Alcohol Treatment Capacity in England. Funded by Department of Health
  • Preventing alcohol-related harm: Testing and generating evidence for local practitioners and policy makers. NIHR School for Public Health Research 
  • IDEA: Identifying and describing alcohol framing. In collaboration with University of Stirling. Funded by CRUK
  • Developing and testing the feasibility and acceptability of a novel mobile phone app to increase habit strength for physical activity. Funded by CRUK
  • Alcohol Guidance Review. Funded by Public Health England
  • Evaluation of Chill Out and Safe Transport Space. Funded by City of Greater Bendigo
  • The Use and Promotion of Alcohol in Australia Secondary Schools. Funded by Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education
  • The Use and Promotion of Alcohol in Victorian Secondary Schools. Funded by VicHealth
  • Access to alcohol and drug treatment services in rural and remote areas. Funded by Department of Health and Ageing via the University of New South Wales
  • A study of patient pathways in alcohol and other drug treatment. Funded by Commonwealth of Australia 

Key Publications

Please see list of publications