Edward is Professor of Applied Health Research and Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport. His current research, which has attracted international recognition, focuses on mental health, pre-hospital emergency care, allied health & related global health. Methodologically Edward is particularly interested in evidence synthesis, intervention development and evaluation, consensus methods, and realist evaluation. Edward is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow with the Scottish Ambulance Service and a co-director of the Scottish Ambulance Service & Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit Research Collaboration.
In 2006 Edward was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit. This followed his award of the first Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Training scheme's post-doctoral research fellowship (2004-2006), which he undertook at The University of Stirling. Edward's clinical background is in occupational therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy, which he practiced in a range of mental health settings (1995-2004). He received his PhD in Health Science (2004) while still working in clinical practice. Edward was a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland.