Dr Atherton is a Reader in Nursing with expertise in population health. He is also Deputy Director of the ESRC funded Administrative Data Research Centre-Scotland, a position he has held since January 2017.
After working in clinical practice in a range of specialities, he went on to study demography at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before completing a PhD at the University of St Andrews. He is interested in the interaction between health care practitioners in their day-to-day work and large-scale population trends. These interests are reflected in his research and teaching.