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 practicesSociology and anthropology of health & illness: the body; embodiment and experience
Arensman E, Coffey C, Griffin E, Audenhove Cv, Sheerder G, Gusmao R, Costa S, Larkin C, Koburger N, Maxwell M, Harris FM, Postuvan V & Hegerl U (2016) International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 62 (7), pp. 651-660.
Arensman E, Koburger N, Larkin C, Karwig G, Coffey C, Maxwell M, Harris F, Rummel-Kluge C, van Audenhove C, Sisask M, Alexandrova-Karamanova A, Perez V, Purebl G, Cebria A & Palao D (2015) JMIR Research Protocols, 4 (3), Art. No.: e99. https://doi.org/10.2196/resprot.4358.
McLean J, Maxwell M, Platt S, Harris FM & Jepson R (2008) Risk and protective factors for suicide and suicidal behaviour: a literature review. Health and Community Care, Scottish Government Social Research. Scottish Government.
Jepson R, Avan G, Bowes A, Harris FM, Robertson R & Sheikh A (2008) Physical Activity and Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Groups: A Qualitative Study of South Asian People living in Scotland. NHS Health Scotland, Edinburgh. NHS Health Scotland.
Kiger A, Tucker J, Bryers H, Caldow J, Farmer J, Hundley V, van Teijlingen E, Harris FM & Ireland J (2003) Sustainable Maternity Service Provision in Remote and Rural Areas of Scotland: The scoping of core multidisciplinary skills and exploration of best practice in the development and maintenance of skills - Executive Summary. NHS Education for Scotland. University of Aberdeen / NHS Scotland.