About Me

I’m a health researcher working  at the University of Manchester. I currently work as part of the CLAHRC Greater Manchester. I work on various applied health research studies, exploring the implementation of research in practice, coproduction of research, and knowledge mobilisation.

I tweet @dr_know. A list of my papers can be viewed here. I also contribute to the Mental Elf website writing blogs to summarise recent mental health research – (archive of posts available here).

I previously worked in the Centre for Primary Care and held an NIHR School for Primary Care Research fellowship. I worked on various studies evaluating services for patients with anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. I completed my PhD in Psychology, which explored self harm in young offenders, at the University of Nottingham in 2008.

My main research interests are:

  • Mental health, particularly common mental health problems (such as depression and anxiety) and also suicide and self harm
  • eHealth and digital health technologies
  • Implementation and getting evidence into practice
  • Patient and public involvement in research (working with the PRIMER group).
  • Trial design and evaluation
  • Qualitative and quantitative data synthesis

On a more personal note, I really like cats, comics, robots, competitive cookery programmes and pub quizzes. I make too many mix CDs (if you’re feeling brave, you can peruse my taste in music here or follow me on spotify). The rumour that if you cut me I will bleed coffee has yet to be disproved.

Picture credit -Pac Man Light installation by Benedetto Bufalino and Benedict Deseille for the Festival of Trees and Lights in Geneva, Switzerland)