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Area of academic expertise - outline

Understanding and improving health and wellbeing for children, families and communities is my primary area of interest.  My background is in psychology and research, where I have worked with children and families in a variety of contexts over the past 15 years; working with adolescents in an intensive innovative education context to boost achievement and working in a social work environment with vulnerable families in crisis, undertaking assessment, coordinating multi-disciplinary support and interventions.  More recently, I worked on and have written bids for several large-scale European projects within the field of healthcare, including, social norms in alcohol and drugs and family health practice and education. 

I have expertise in research having worked for a private psychologist for approximately 10 years.  My research expertise is in self-harm and suicide behaviours, where I undertook a large-scale mixed methods study of children and adolescents across 6 local-authority regions within West Central Scotland investigating suicide behaviours, self-harm rates and psychosocial risk characteristics. 

I recently worked for Healthcare Improvement Scotland as a researcher for the Scottish Medicines Consortium, where I further developed expertise in medical statistics and methodologies in clinical trials.  I was part of a skilled multi-disciplinary team undertaking critical appraisal of new medicines, providing robust evidence-based recommendations to NHSScotland on the benefits and cost-effectiveness of medicines.

Current research activities

I am currently working on developing international health related research activities for the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery - establishing parternships and exploring opportunities for collaborations that will widen the international opportunities for the staff and students.  I am very interested in health outcomes, the patient voice and psychological mechanisms and outcomes that are associated with this.

Desired research direction

  • Mental Health including depression, suicide and self-harm
  • Perinatal Mental Health and well-being
  • Patient experience and the psychological mechanisms underpinning this
  • Understanding and improving outcomes for vulnerable groups
  • Children and Adolescent Health and Well-being

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Mixed methodological approaches

Quantitative statistical techniques e.g. logistic regression

Clinical statistics and emerging statistical techniques e.g. network meta-analyses, indirect comparisons

 

Target collaborative companies

International private/public healthcare companies for potential partnership/collaboration for training

 

Target collaborative organisations

NHS

European/International Higher Education Institutions

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

Health Services Researcher, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

18 Aug 201417 Apr 2017

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, University of the West of Scotland

16 Jan 201231 Oct 2013

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Bradford

1 Sep 201131 Dec 2011

Associate Lecturer, University of the West of Scotland

1 Sep 20061 Jun 2013

Social Care Worker, Glasgow City Council

1 Nov 20041 Oct 2006

Researcher, Dr Jack Boyle and Associates

1 Aug 20031 Oct 2013

Academy Mentor @ Jordanhill Campus, University of Strathclyde

1 Jun 200220 Aug 2004

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