Dissertation Supervisor

I act as a supervisor on various Masters, Clinical Doctorate and PhD projects

PhD Supervision

  1. Ken Murray - Psychosocial factors and diabetes risk. Josie Evans is co-supervising.

  2. Jade Hooper - Social and locality variations in dog bites and strikes in Scotland. Paul Lambert and Hannah Buchanan-Smith are co-supervising.

  3. Martin Malcolm - Loneliness and social isolation and health-related lifestyle risks in older adults. Federico Andreis is co-supervising.

  4. Ilaria Alabiso - Adherence to breast cancer screening recommendations in Scotland: developing a framework for a more insightful longitudinal approach to analysing system functioning and modelling individual behaviours. Federico Andreis and Sue Cruikshank are co-supervising.

  5. Frances Gunn - An exploration of the efficacy of East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s approach to improving outcomes for children and young people by identifying, quantifying and addressing childhood neglect. Duncan Helm is co-supervising.

Clinical Doctorate Supervision

I am currently co-supervising four Clinical Doctorate students doing their dissertations at Stirling:,  

  1. John Veto - Treatment options for Achilles tendinopathy (co-supervisor: Jayne Donaldson)

  2. Wendy Mitchell - A critical and thematic analysis of recommendations from Significant Case Reviews (SCRs) undertaken in Scotland relating to learning for health services and health professionals (co-supervisor: Joyce Wilkinson)

  3. Chris Aitchison - Epidemiology, demographics and clinical treatment of patients who call 999 for non-traumatic back pain (co-supervisor: David Fitzpatrick)

  4. JP Nolan - Registered nurses understanding of ‘do not resuscitate’ (DNACPR) forms and their use in practice (co-supervisor: Jayne Donaldson)

Masters Supervision

I have supervised (or co-supervised) five Masters-level dissertations to completion, with three papers published and one paper under review from these projects.

  1. Using evaluability assessment to assess local community development health programmes (Melissa Belford)

  2. Age, sex and place effects in allostatic load inequalities (Ellie Watts)

  3. Allostatic load as a predictor of mortality (Gayle Beveridge)

  4. Socoieconomic pattering of food advertisements at bus stops (Kyle Lambe)

  5. Domestic abuse disclosure procedures in Health Visiting in Scotland (Gillian Gregory)


I am keen to supervise students for any research projects that include linking social and economic data (work, housing, education etc.) with health data, with the aim of helping us better understand and reduce health inequalities in society. My expertise is predominantly in quantitative methods and using biomarkers to assess physiological health, so this might include primary data collection and/or secondary data analysis of existing datasets. We already have a vast array of cohort and survey data available to analyse throughout the UK such as Understanding Society and the Scottish and English Health Surveys. However, depending on the research question I would also be happy to discuss alternative methods such as qualitative or mixed methods approaches. For example, some of my research and advocacy work looks at engagement and empowerment of community and activist groups in trying to improve health and reduce health inequalities and has utilised qualitative methods. As a PhD student, you would be based in the Faculty of Health Sciences & Sport PhD programme.

Contact me if you'd like to discuss more.