I am a social anthropologist by background, having trained in Anthropology and Sociology at Aberdeen University followed by a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in social anthropology. I have conducted health research for over 15 years, exploring the implications of living with long term conditions including mental health and cancer. As an anthropologist I am drawn to investigating complexity: whether this be complexities of self care in multimorbidities or in the complexity of care delivery. More recently I have investigated issues related to health and social care integration.
Responsibilities: Qualitative Research Lead for NMAHP Research Unit, spanning both the University of Stirling and Glasgow Caledonian University.
Programme Director, MRes Health Research. This is a research methods training programme approved for ESRC studentship funding. I also teach the module on Qualiative Research and Analysis (NURP003 & NURP004) and supervise MRes Dissertations.
My PhD/Clin Doc supervision includes the following topics:
mental health beliefs in Saudi Arabia
diabetes self care
QI education in the undergraduate curriculum
transition to palliative care in haemato-oncology
fathers' involvement in FBT for eating disorders
refugee women's health
young people and mental health
Other Activities: Member of the Evidence Review Committee, Health Technology Assessment Group, Health Improvement Scotland.
National Convenor of ESRC Health, Families, Relationships & Demographic Change Pathway for PhD studentship awards
Academic Editor: PLoS ONE (May 2013 - present)
Editorial board member: Sociological Research Online (October 2007-October 2010)
Manuscript Reader for NIAS Press (Nordic Institute for Asian Studies), Palgrave Macmillan and Sage.
Reviewer: Medical Anthropology Theory; BMJ; Journal of Advanced Nursing; Health; Space & Society; Palliative Medicine; Health and Social Care in the Community; Social Science & Medicine; Sociological Research Online; Sociology of Health & Illness; PLoS ONE; BMC Public Health; BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth; Midwifery.
Reviewer of grant applications: Wellbeing of Women; ESRC; NIHR; ZonMW
Using qualitative methods in the evaluation of complex interventions/RCTs
Qualitative research methods, with a particular interest in participatory research and arts-based forms of communication Mental health and cancer as a long-term condition Determinants of health; ethnicity and health; multimorbidity; health literacy
Health and social care integration
User involvement and inclusive research practices Sociology and anthropology of health & illness: the body; embodiment and experience