Lecturer in Public Health, University of Stirling



Dissertation Supervisor

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


While at Edinburgh I supervised (or co-supervised) four Master of Public Health dissertations to completion, with two papers published and two papers under review from these projects. One student is currently doing their PhD at Oxford and another is working as a Research Assistant at Stanford.

  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)


I am currently supervising one MSc Early Years Practice (Health Visiting) dissertation looking at domestic abuse disclosure procedures in Health Visiting in Scotland. (Gillian Gregory)


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

  1. Treatment options for Achilles tendinopathy (John Veto)
  2. Health of Looked-After Children in Scotland (Wendy Mitchell)
  3. Epidemiology, demographics and clinical treatment of patients who call 999 for non-traumatic back pain (Chris Aitchison)
  4. Registered nurses understanding of ‘do not resuscitate’ (DNACPR) forms and their use in practice (JP Nolan)


Last, but by no means least, I am third supervisor on an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre PhD project on social and locality variations in dog bites and strikes in Scotland with student Jade Hooper. Prof. Paul Lambert and Prof. Hannah Buchanan-Smith are the other supervisors on this project.



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.