Mr Lee Knifton

Co-Director - Centre For Health Policy

Management Science

Personal statement

Reader and Co-Director, Centre for Health Policy

I Joined Strathclyde in 2011 and I Co-Direct the Centre for Health Policy, which connects academics across the university to develop world class research and knowledge exchange initiatives. As part of this I helped to established the Centre for Doctoral Training, with NHS and international partners.

My expertise is in the field of public mental health.

I have led funded projects in Scotland plus transatlantic collaborations with New York University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Yale Medical School.

I am joint Editor-in-Chief of the 'Journal of Public Mental Health'. I  am also an Editorial Board member of 'Mental Health and Prevention' and I co-Edited the book 'Public Mental Health: Global Perspectives'.

My academic role is part-time (one day per week) and my primary role is as Director of The Mental Health Foundation for Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Foundation are the UK's leading charity for research, policy and social interventions and we collaborate extensively with governments and national and international universities.


Are images of seized knives an effective crime deterrent? Views of young people within the Scottish context
Cogan N, Chin-Van Chau Y, Russell K, Linden W, Eckler P, Swinson N, Knifton L, Williams D, Coleman C, Hunter S C
Is knife seizure imagery an effective crime deterrent? A multi-method study
Cogan N, Chin-Van Chau Y, Russell K, Linden W, Swinson N, Eckler P, Knifton L, Jordan V, Williams D, Carney S, Sharp M, Hunter S C
22nd Annual Conference of European Society of Criminology (2021)
A social-ecological approach to understanding adolescent sexting behavior
Hunter Simon C, Russell Kirsten, Pagani Stefania, Munro Lindsey, Pimenta Sofia M, Marín-López Inmaculada, Hong Jun Sung, Knifton Lee
Archives of Sexual Behavior Vol 50, pp. 2347-2357 (2021)
A scoping review of international policy responses to mental health recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic
McCartan Claire, Adell Tomas, Cameron Julie, Davidson Gavin, Knifton Lee, McDaid Shari, Mulholland Ciaran
Health Research Policy and Systems Vol 19 (2021)
Mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic : the affective, behavioural and cognitive responses across the Scottish population
Cameron Julie, Hall Talulah, Hughes Kate, Knifton Lee, Lenhart Otto, Millar Robyn, Nixon Ioanna, Quinn Neil, Solomon Susan, Tse Dwight
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Vol 45 (2021)
Mental Health Literacy and Adolescent Help-Seeking : The Mediating and Moderating Effects of Personal and Perceived Stigmas
Goodfellow Claire, Sosu Edward, Macintyre Anna, Knifton Lee

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Professional activities

Northern Ireland 10 year mental health strategy group (External organisation)
Scotland's Mental Health Partnership (External organisation)
Scottish Government Mental Health Research Group (External organisation)
Journal of Public Mental Health (Journal)
Guest editor
Mental Health and Prevention (Journal)
Editorial board member
Journal of Public Mental Health (Journal)
Guest editor

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Strathclyde COVID-19 Research Portfolio: Novel testing, digital health support and third sector collaboration for impact on social care
Bedford, Tim (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Egan, Kieren (Co-investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator) Flowers, Paul (Co-investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Hunter, Iain (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator) Kirk, Alison (Co-investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) Lenhart, Otto (Co-investigator) Maguire, Roma (Co-investigator) Morton, Alec (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator) Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator) Williams, Lynn (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 16-Jan-2021
Citizenship, Recovery and Inclusive Society Partnership (CRISP) (H2020 MSCA RISE)
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) Miller, Emma (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2019
Citizenship Measure Project
Stewart, Ailsa (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) MacIntyre, Gillian (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2017
Health and Human Rights: Participatory Action Research
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2016
Exploring access to mental health care services for linguistically and culturally diverse patients
Perez, Isabelle (Principal Investigator) Angelelli, Claudia (Principal Investigator) Wilson, Christine (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Eckler, Petya (Co-investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) Mowatt, Louise (Co-investigator) Hattie, Mary (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 30-Jan-2015
GE Gillian MacIntyre Yale University
MacIntyre, Gillian (Academic) Stewart, Ailsa (Academic) Quinn, Neil (Academic) Knifton, Lee (Academic)
11-Jan-2014 - 11-Jan-2015

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