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Co-Director - Centre For Health Policy

Neil Quinn, Centre for Health Policy Co-Director

Neil is Reader in the School of Social Work and Social Policy and has 20 years’ experience in social work, community development and public health, leading a major health equity programme in North-East Glasgow.  He has a specific interest in global public health and social welfare policy and has worked on programmes at a community, national and international level with groups experiencing significant inequalities (e.g. people with mental health problems, asylum seekers and refugees and looked after children).  His work connects policy, practice and research and he is committed to working in partnership with service users and communities.  Neil is leading research on health and human rights in partnership with NHS Health Scotland and the Health & Social Care Alliance, and on supporting asylum seeking women with maternity care in collaboration with the British Red Cross.    

Neil is joint Principal Investigator for the European Union H2020 funded knowledge exchange programme ‘Citizenship, Recovery and Inclusive Society Partnership’.

Lee Knifton, Co-Director, Centre For Health Policy

Lee Knifton, Centre for Health Policy Co-Director

Lee is Reader in the School of Social Work and Social Policy and combines this role with being Head of The Mental Health Foundation for Scotland where he leads the teams covering policy, research, interventions and external relations.  Lee’s research and policy interests focus on stigma, discrimination, rights and citizenship, including the advancement of community based participatory research.  More broadly Lee has been involved in leading local and international public health equity projects and is currently collaborating with the World Health Organisation, New York University and Yale University.  Lee is joint Principal Investigator for the European Union H2020 funded knowledge exchange programme ‘Citizenship, Recovery and Inclusive Society Partnership’.

Professor Sir Harry Burns

Professor Sir Harry Burns, Chair

Sir Harry Burns is Professor of Global Public Health and Chair of the Centre for Health Policy.  As the former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland (2005 – 2014), Harry is known for his work in tackling health inequalities.  Harry brings a wealth of expertise in shaping public health and health policy to the inter-disciplinary research context at Strathclyde, and advises Scottish Government, public agencies and charity funders in Scotland, UK and internationally (e.g. Australia, Greece, New Zealand, USA).  

Professor Alec Morton

Professor Alec Morton, CHP Founding Fellow

Alec is Professor in the School of Management Science.  Alec has broad interests in health policy and management and health economics, having worked on topics including healthcare prioritisation, health technology assessment, and health system performance measurement over several years.  Most of his experience is in the UK, particularly England and Scotland, but he is also interested in the Chinese and Bangladeshi healthcare systems.  He has been involved with the Centre since its inauguration, and is a member of the core team of the Centre.  

Dr Anna Macintyre

Dr Anna Macintyre, CHP Core Team, Research Associate 

Anna is a core team member of the Centre for Health Policy.  Anna previously worked as a Clinical Psychologist before deciding to pursue a career in Public Health.  Anna has broad interests in the social determinants of health and wellbeing, particularly in relation to children and young people, and topics such as obesity and the food environment.  She is part of a research consortium led by the Mental Health Foundation, completing a systematic review on health, happiness and wellbeing in the transition from adolescence to adulthood, funded by the Royal Society Edinburgh.  She is also co-ordinator for the European Union Horizon 2020 funded knowledge exchange programme ‘Citizenship, Recovery and Inclusive Society Partnership’.  She is passionate about the development of health research with public policy impact. 

Dr Kim Kavanagh

Dr Kim Kavanagh, CHP Fellow

Kim is Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.  She works on a wide range of research problems in public health statistics and epidemiology, primarily focused on communicable diseases.  Her work involves collaboration with Health Protection Scotland on topics including pandemic influenza and HPV vaccinations to prevent cervical cancer.  Her work also extends to pharmacoepidemiology where she collaborates with Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science and the NHS Information Services Division (ISD).  Kim brings her methodological expertise to the work of the Centre for Health Policy, and has recently collaborated on a project on digital health funding by the Alan Turing Institute. 

Dr Simon Hunter

Dr Simon Hunter, CHP Fellow

Simon is Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology.  Simon’s research focuses on children’s situational appraisals, coping strategies, emotional reactions, and psycho-social adjustment in peer-victimisation contexts.  Simon also works on children and young people’s use of screens (e.g. smartphones, laptops, consoles).  As a Centre for Health Policy Fellow, Simon is collaborating on research bids on technology and loneliness, and is supporting opportunities for PhD students to integrate a healthy policy focus within their Psychology PhD.  Simon is also coordinating a Global Engagement fund knowledge exchange with the University of Western Australia on social media and youth wellbeing.   

Dr Emma Miller

Dr Emma Miller, CHP Fellow 

Emma is a Senior Research Associate in the School of Social Work and Social Policy.  Emma has a background in social work practice, and interagency working, and her research and policy interests focused on personal outcomes in mental health service use.  Based on knowledge exchange and action research, this has focused on embedding an outcomes approach to practice, and has involved partnership between a wide range of national bodies and local organisations to re-orient culture, systems and practice accordingly. Emma’s work with the Centre for Health Policy focuses on collaboration with New York University on recovery-orientated systems and person-centred care.  She is Co-investigator on the Horizon 2020 funded ‘Citizenship, Recovery and Inclusive Society Partnership’ knowledge exchange programme. 

Dr Daniela Sime

Dr Daniela Sime, CHP Fellow

Daniela is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work & Social Policy.  With a background in education, Dr Sime’s research over the last decade has focussed on children as active participants in the research process and experts in their lives and issues of inclusion and social justice. Her projects have aimed to inform policy and practice development to improve children’s lives and contribute to research, policy and practice in areas such as education, social inclusion and equality, multiculturalism and disadvantaged ethnic minorities; child poverty and social exclusion; parental involvement in education; access to public services; minority languages.  With the Centre for Health Policy Daniela is establishing the Centre for Doctoral Training, and is completing research on ‘Getting By: young people’s experience of poverty and stigma’.  

Dr Gillian MacIntyre, CHP Fellow

Gillian is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work & Social Policy.  Gillian’s research interests are in citizenship, parenthood and transitions for people with learning disabilities.  Her work is also focused on the way in which people with mental health problems, and people with learning disabilities can be supported to maintain their independence.  Gillian’s work with the Centre for Health Policy focuses on citizenship in collaboration with Yale University as part of the Citizenship, Recovery and Inclusive Society Partnership.  She is also co-investigator on the Citizenship Measurement Project.    


Dr Sally Paul, CHP Fellow

Sally is lecturer in the School of Social Work and Social Policy.  Sally’s background is in Social Work, and she previous worked in palliative care services supporting families with bereavement.  Sally is involved in a variety of research and practice developments that seek to advance education and support around death, dying and bereavement.  This includes working in partnership with school communities and end-of-life care service providers.  As a Centre for Health Policy Fellow Sally has collaborated to develop a pilot project at HMP Polmont Young Offenders Institution that aims to better support young people who have experienced loss, bereavement and trauma.  Sally intends to expand this work further, working in partnership with service providers and community groups to develop responses to end-of-life and bereavement care.  

Andrew Eccles

Andrew Eccles, CHP Fellow

Andrew is a Lecturer in the School of Social Work and Social Policy.  Andrew’s research interests span the fields of political science and social policy, particularly in relation to policy discourse, power and ethics in the implementation of social policy.  More specifically, Andrew’s research interests focus on the use of technology in social care.  Andrew is developing inter-disciplinary research on the use technology-enabled care, and is collaborating on a project on personalisation in relation to health and social care integration

Dr Edward Sosu

Edward Sosu, CHP Fellow

Edward is a lecturer in the School of Education.  Edward’s background is in Education and also in Psychology.  He has a strong interest in quantitative methods and in addressing educational issues from a psychological perspective. His current research is predominantly focused on exploring how socioeconomic disadvantage influences educational and psychological trajectories from childhood.  As a CHP fellow Edward currently supervises one of the CHP Centre for Doctoral Training studentships and is working with other CHP fellows on areas of common interest.  

Professor Dora Scholarios

Professor Dora Scholarios, CHP Fellow

Dora is Professor of Human Resource Management.  Her research interests span several areas of work psychology, organisational behaviour and Human Resource Management.  She has been involved in a variety of research projects funded by UK and international institutions; e.g. the Economic and Social Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, the Association of Police Constables of England and Wales, the European Commission, and the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.  Dora’s recent research activity has focused on job quality, graduate underemployment and career transitions, recruitment and selection practices, particularly the impact on the social mobility of graduates, and the use of social media by employers to carry out recruitment, screening and performance monitoring of employees.  Dora is working with Centre for Health Policy fellows to develop research focused on employee wellbeing and the impact of employment on health and mental health.   

Dr Susan Rasmussen

Dr Susan Rasmussen, CHP Fellow

Susan Rasmussen is Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology.  Susan’s research focuses primarily on suicide and self, particularly in the application of theoretical models to enhance our understanding of the aetiology of suicidal behaviours and psychological well-being across the lifespan.  She is currently involved in a number of projects relating to suicidal behaviour including examining the link between bullying and suicide in young people, the link between sleep and suicidal behaviours in young people, suicidal behaviours in young sexual and gender minority groups, and social norms relating to suicidal behaviours.  Working with the Centre for Health Policy, Susan was involved in the collaborative development of a cross-Faculty interdisciplinary research proposal focus on public mental health in adolescence.  

Dr Elaine Webster

Dr Elaine Webster, CHP Fellow

Elaine Webster (LLB Hons, MA, MA, PhD) is a Lecturer in the School Law and Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law. Elaine’s research interests lie in the field of European and international human rights law, judicial interpretation of human rights and interpretation of human rights by civil society organisations in Scotland. The concept of human dignity in human rights law is a central theme. Elaine is interested in the right not to be subjected to degrading treatment, including its application to individuals suffering from serious illness and in the socio-economic sphere, and in human rights education for student nurses.

Elaine has brought her human rights expertise to the Centre for Health Policy and is supporting the health and human rights programme. She is also taking forward a human rights seminar series within the International Public Policy Institute, which will feature presentations from high-profile human rights experts.