I am a Professor of Mental Health and Capacity Law situated within our School of Health and Social Care. My areas of research and expertise are international, European and national human rights and mental health and mental capacity law and related law, policy and practice review and reform. I work with a number of public and voluntary sector organisations and bodies and regulatory bodies in the field of mental health, mental capacity and/or human rights. I regularly publish and present at conferences and seminars and am the founder and Director of our Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law which is a unit of the university's interdisciplinary Centre for Mental Health Practice, Policy and Law Research which I also lead.
My recent work has included the impact of COVID-19 and related restrictions on law, policy and practice relating to persons with mental disabilities.
The rights of, and law relating to, persons with mental health and mental capacity do not exist within disciplinary silos and requires a strong inter-disciplinary approach. This is why I am based in the School of Health and Social Care but at the same time have strong links with the Law Subject Group in the Business School and am the Law REF Lead and a council member of the Scottish Universities Law Institute.
I am currently a member of the Scottish Mental Health Law Review (Scott Review) Executive Team and lead the Review's Capacity and Support for Decision-Making workstream. I was previously an expert advisor to the Scottish Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act and a member of the Deprivation of Liberty and Supported Decision-Making Working Groups in the Scottish Government review of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act.
I very much welcome enquiries and applications from potential Ph.D candidates relating to my research interests.