Her current remit is to lead on teaching and public engagement on alcohol issues for UKCTAS. Niamh has been working in the field of brief interventions on alcohol and other lifestyle issues since 2004 through posts with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Robert Gordon University and for over 9 years leading Create Consultancy Ltd.
Niamh conducts research into the implementation, design and testing of alcohol brief interventions in various settings and is currently involved in ABI research in pharmacies, youth services and A&E.
Niamh played a lead role in supporting the rollout of alcohol brief interventions (ABIs) in Scotland including authoring the national ABI training programme for primary care, A&E and antenatal staff.
Nationally, Niamh supported the development of ABI practitioner and patient materials, online and audiovisual training resources, and local implementation. Create were also commissioned to roll out programme of mainstreaming alcohol brief interventions ‘on an industrial scale’ across the public sector in Wigan.
Other current research is on action to address overprovision of licensed premises in Scotland and a scoping review of gender equity in the effectiveness of population-level alcohol policy interventions.
Niamh has also conducted research on services for children affected by parental substance misuse and evaluated a holistic approach to supporting recovery from alcohol and drug problems known as ‘Circle of Care’ which was piloted nationally.
Niamh is a Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University and has been on the committee of the International Network for Brief Interventions on Alcohol and other drugs since 2010. Although originally qualified and registered as a pharmacist, Niamh’s PhD at Robert Gordon University (2003) was on school-based drug education.
Niamh welcomes enquiries from prospective research students in of the above areas.