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University of Exeter Medical School

 Tobit Emmens

Tobit Emmens

Honorary Research Fellow, Mental Health, Health Services Research

 +44 (0) 1392 674114

 RILD Building - Wonford


University of Exeter Medical School, RILD Building, RD&E Hospital Wonford, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW, UK


Tobit is Head of Research and Innovation for Devon Partnership NHS Trust and a University Fellow at the Exeter Medical School. He received his MSc (a meta-narrative review on suicide and media) from the University of Exeter (Peninsula Medical School) in 2010.

As a health services researcher and innovator, his work includes mixed-method research in both online and off-line settings, and include the investigation of patterns of ecstasy (MDMA) use in two English counties, the identification and management of suicide ‘hotspots’, the use of SMS Text Messages to support people who self-harm, the role of online communities for people who self-harm, services for people with autism and community wellbeing projects.


  • MSC Clinical Research

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Research interests

  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Autism
  • Community wellbeing
  • Social Media

Research projects



  • Teen Text. The use of text-messaging (SMS) to reduce repetition of self-harm among teenagers (Owens, Marlow, Emmens, Ford) NIHR CLAHRC for the South West Peninsula FSF Funding, £50K. 2011-2012
  • Collaborative learning on the web. The role of online communities in public and professional health education: an exploration based on self-harm (Owens, Jones, Hewis, Aitken, Emmens, Reid, Ford.) NIHR RISC Programme £99K. 2009-2010
  • The use of text-messaging (SMS) to reduce repetition of self-harm. (Owens, Farrand, Reid, Aitken, Emmens, Hewis, Morgan). NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme, £250K. 2007-2010
  • Managing and Identifying Suicide Hotspots. National Institute for Mental Health England (NIMHE) £9K. 2006
  • Patterns of Ecstasy Use in Devon and Cornwall. Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. £24K. 2002-2004

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