I trained as a Mental Health Nurse in Glasgow (UK) in 1977 and qualified in 1980. I moved into public health research in the 1990s, became a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee (UK) in 1997 and then Reader in 2003. I became a Professor when I joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2005. My current post at Glasgow Caledonian University began in 2016.

I have a substantial track record in applied Public Health research and published numerous high quality papers including a report with colleagues for the World Health Organisation on health inequalities. My expertise centres on the evaluation of public health interventions in drugs, alcohol sexual health. My current research focuses on alcohol, young people and families. I am Editor in Chief of the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. I am a member of the Council for Addaction Scotland, which is one of the leading UK addiction charities. I’ve advised government on addiction, sexual health and community nursing policy. I have obtained over £5 million of research funding in collaboration with my colleagues and contributed to the strategic development of nursing research throughout my career.