I was awarded my PhD in Public Health Medicine from the University of Hull in 2001. I then held posts at Hull, Lincoln, York and Durham universities. Before moving to my present job in Edinburgh, I was the Deputy Director of the Evaluation, Research and Development Unit in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University, where I led research projects for local NHS trusts. Before joining Durham, I was project manager on an NIHR funded project looking at primary care, based in The York Management School at the University of York. I joined Edinburgh Napier in December 2015 as a lecturer in Sociology in the Social Sciences subject group.
As a specialist in the Sociology of Health and Illness, my research interests focus on young people's health and wellbeing, particularly sexual health and mental health. I have 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. I have published my work in sociological and clinical journals, and continue to apply an interdisciplinary approach, aiming to bring sociological theories and health services research into play i
My research interests feed into my teaching, particularly in the sharing of real life research experiences with research methods and medical sociology students. I am 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.