Professor Anne Whittaker

Professor of Nursing

NMAHP NMAHP Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4NF, UK.

Professor Anne Whittaker

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About me

I am Professor of Nursing and a clinical academic in applied substance use and mental health research, based in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) Research Unit, which is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport. The NMAHP Research Unit is one of six research units in Scotland funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO), in the Scottish Government Health Directorate.

I lead a programme of applied health and social care research related to the treatment and care of individuals and families affected by substance use and I am academic lead for the ‘Families’ Research Theme in the Drugs Research Network for Scotland (DRNS).

My clinical background includes senior nursing and managerial posts in addictions, blood borne viruses, mental health and learning disabilities services within the National Health Service (NHS) and Local Authority Social Services. I was born and brought up in Australia, before moving to London and then Edinburgh to live and work 35 years ago. I am an NMC registered nurse in Mental Health (RMN) and Learning Disabilities (RNLD) and I have further education and training in psychology and psychotherapy.

My primary research interests include interdisciplinary mixed methods research that aims to advance policy, service delivery and professional practice related to the care of parents and pregnant women who use substances and affected children and family members, with a focus on improving outcomes, reducing inequalities and promoting health and social justice.

I serve on numerous committees, including the CORRA Foundation Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI), the Drugs Research Network for Scotland (DRNS) and the NICR ethics panel for the University of Stirling. I am a member of several research networks, including the Addiction in the Family International Network (AFINet). I regularly peer review journal paper submissions and research grant applications for research funders such as NIHR, MRC and the ESRC and I am a member of the HIPS grant review committee for the Chief Scientist Office (Scotland).

I teach on the MRes in Health Research programme at the University of Stirling and I supervise PhD, Clinical Doctorate and MRes dissertation students.

Other Academic Activities

Drugs Research Network for Scotland (DRNS)
Scottish Government
Steering Committee member and Academic Lead for the 'Families' research theme.