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I was appointed as Professor to a non-clinical chair at the School of Health Sciences Jan 2015, when I moved up from a previous Professorship in HYMS (the Medical School at the University of York).

I am an expert in applied psychometrics and health research and a member of the NIHR Academy through my role as an investigator on applied health research grants (programmes, and panel memberships).

I have extensive experience in population health sciences-related research including in epidemiology (social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology), behavioural science research and cohort studies/longitudinal data.

I have a formal qualification in health services research and health technology assessment, as well as two decades of skills/experiences in applying advanced quantitative methodologies in social science.

I have a career niche in Psychometric Epidemiology and enjoy training researchers in how to think about using elements of modern software environments such as in Mplus, Stata and the ever-expanding libraries in R.


I trained (BSc Hons) as an experimental and applied psychologist (at the University of Nottingham) where I also completed my PhD and gained a Diploma in Applied Psychology (with Distinction).

Soon after my PhD I moved into the medical school at Nottingham by joining the Department of Psychiatry.

I remained in Nottingham obtaining collaborative grants in mental health services research and HTA.

A Training Fellowship allowed me to gain further research methods training in latent variable modelling & multivariate statistics and a Masters degree (part-time) from the University of Sheffield (HSR&HTA).

Career history (after leaving Nottingham)

When the opportunity to work in Cambridge presented itself, I moved to the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Cambridge Medical School at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, with Prof Peter Jones (HoD), where I stayed for 10 years.

During this time I won a Career Scientist Award from the Department of Health (duration 5 years) and grants from funders including ESRC, MRC, The Wellcome Trust & the NIHR.

I was Director of Graduate Admissions for the Department of Psychiatry (PhD Programme) and a member of the Degree Committee. I moved to York in 2012 to take up a Chair in Psychometric Epidemiology in the School of Health Sciences where my post was funded by the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).

I became Director of Advanced Quantitative Methods for the White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, and lead for the Health and Well-Being pathway.

I am a long-standing member of what used to be called the NIHR TCC awards panel for post-doctoral awards and have served every year. I also became Deputy Chair in 2015 (Chairing the Panel for its meeting in 2017).

Each year in its new form as the Advanced Fellowships (NIHR Academy) the panel makes awards to individuals, continuing the tradition of the former three NIHR competitions (Transitional Research Fellowships, Career Development Awards, and Senior Research Fellowships).

I am also a member of the ESRC Grant Peer Review College (PRC).

I have held Research Fellow, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer posts at Uni of Nottingham and Cambridge.

I have held Personal Chairs at the University of York (Hull York Medical School) and University of Dundee.

Professor (Applied Health Research and Health Technology Assessment), School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Dundee

2012 – 2014
Professor (Psychometric Epidemiology) Mental Health and Addiction Research Group, Department of Health Sciences, University of York

2000 – 2011
Senior Lecturer (Non-Clinical) Dept of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge.

1998 – 2000
Senior Lecturer (Non-Clinical) Dept of Psychiatry, University of Nottingham

2005 – 2010
Career Scientist (Award) UK Department of Health-Latent Variable Epidemiology and Public Mental Health, Dept of Psychiatry, Uni of Cambridge

1995 – 1998
Research Fellow then Lecturer, Dept of Psychiatry, University of Nottingham

Wider professional activities

Senate member, University of Dundee

Peer Review College member, Economic and Social Research Council

Associate Director for Inter-Disciplinary Studentships and Advanced Training for the Scottish Graduate School in Social Science (SGSSS - ESRC DTP)

Career Development, Senior Research and Transitional Research Panel Member (CDF/SRF/TRF) with the National Institute for Health Research – Trainees Co-ordinating Centre (NIHR-TCC)

Activity comprises:

NIHR Fellowships – Review Panel Member for Career Development Awards (NIHR CDFs)

NIHR Fellowships – Review Panel Member for Senior Research Fellowships (NIHR SRFs) and

NIHR Fellowships -  Review Panel Member for Transitional Research Fellowships (NIHR TRFs)


NIHR Fellowships – Career Development Awards, Deputy Chair (annually)

NIHR Fellowships – Senior Research Fellowships, Deputy Chair (annually)

NIHR Fellowships - Transitional Research Fellowships, Deputy Chair (annually)

In 2017 I was Chair of the three panels.

As research is funded by the NIHR and I work on NIHR TCC Award Panels as Deputy Chair:“I am NIHR”

I have advisory Editorial roles with the following journals: Psychological Medicine (past), Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (current), Life-course & Longitudinal Studies (suspended til’19).

I am a member of the ESRC Peer Review College.

I am a member of NHS England’s Five Year Forward  View (FYFV) Expert Advisory and Oversight group (Mental Health).

I am a member of Health Informatics Centre (HIC-University of Dundee) Oversight groups.

I assist on data management committees for RCTs and advisory groups for government/grant funded studies. I  sit on external Research Advisory Boards (CEM,Uni of Durham). In York I was adviser to YHEC.

I am a former external examiner of MScs at the University of Nottingham (in Mental Health Research).

I regularly view grant and personal award applications for the ESRC, MRC, NIHR , The Wellcome Trust and other organisations including charities and European funders, and final reports for NIHR and ESRC.

I won an award as Reviewer of the Year from the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (JCE) in 2013.