I am a Lecturer in Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences & Sport, University of Stirling. My main research area is around trying to better the mechanisms linking our socioeconomic circumstances (e.g. education, employment, housing) and our health across the lifecourse to help reduce health inequalities. This includes investigating the biological pathways between socioeconomic circumstances and health; investigating the prevalence, incidence and predictive power of (novel and traditional) chronic disease risk markers; working with community organisations and grassroots activist groups trying to improve population health and reduce health inequalities; and a growing interest in social prescribing for mental health.
Before working at Stirling I worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the MRC/CSO Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP), University of Edinburgh (2013-2015) and the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow (2010-2013). I studied Behavioural Ecology at degree (2000-04) and PhD (2005-2009) level before changing my focus to humans and public health.