I am a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University and hold professional qualifications as a registered nurse and as a psychologist. I have held a number of posts from Research Fellow, Practice Education Facilitator, Equality Officer to lecturer. I have work in several Universities, the NHS and Non-Governmental Organisations.
My primary research interest lies in the field of intellectual disability especially inequalities in cancer care, bereavement and women’s issues. I am passionate to reduce inequalities in health and social care for those considered to be from a vulnerable community. I also have interests in mental health, welfare reform, citizenship, bereavement (more widely), health and social care workforce and creativity in the curriculum.
I am an external examiner for Sheffield Hallam University and am Chair for Family Advice and Information Resource (FAIR) and am a board member on The Society of Cancer and Cancer Screening for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
I sit on a number of groups including the Learning Disability East Managed Care Network, Excellence in Care Academic Advisory Group and Future Nurse steering group (NHS Borders).