Sally Joined Edinburgh Napier in December 2015 as a lecturer in Sociology in the Social Sciences subject group. Prior to this, she was Deputy Director of the Evaluation, Research and Development Unit in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University, where she led research projects for local NHS trusts. Before joining Durham, she was project manager on an NIHR funded project looking at primary care, based in The York Management School at the University of York.
As a specialist in the Sociology of Health and Illness, Sally's research interests focus on young people's health and wellbeing, particularly sexual health and mental health. She has been awarded grants by the British Academy, the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness and the Scottish Government's Chief Scientist Office, amongst others, to pursue research projects in these areas. She has published her work in sociological and clinical journals, and continues to apply an interdisciplinary approach, aiming to bring sociological theories and health services research into play in her work.
Sally's research interests feed into her teaching, particularly in the sharing of real life research experiences with her research methods and medical sociology students. She is interested in supervising Masters and PhD students in the broad field of medical sociology as well as those with specific interests in young people's health and sexual health.