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I am Professor of Mental Health & Data Science within the School of Health & Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University and Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Policing & Public Health (SCLEPH). SCLEPH is an international academic and practice collaboration with external stakeholders of Police Scotland, Public Health Scotland, Mental Health Foundation Scotland, Edinburgh Futures Institute, and the Global Law Enforcement & Public Health Association. SCLEPH’s academic base is within Edinburgh Napier University, and it has strong links with the Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR). Together with SCLEPH Co-Director Dr Inga Heyman, Associate Professor of Policing & Public Health and Clair Thomson, Police Scotland’s Head of Strategic Public Health Collaboration Unit, and in recognition of the policing and public health collaborative work through SCLEPH, I was a finalist in the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2023 for 'Making a Difference to Society'.
My research focuses on investigating outcomes for people, services, and care pathways in the areas of policing and public health, suicide, vulnerability, and multi-agency response to suicidal behaviour, mental health distress and substance use. As an applied researcher for 25+ years my methodological approaches are broad, although as a Chartered Statistician I have particular expertise in quantitative study designs, and frequently involve population-linked data in advancing knowledge in these areas.