Dr Anna Macintyre

Research Associate

Social Work and Social Policy

Personal statement

Anna is a Research Fellow with the Centre for Health Policy, School of Social Work and Social Policy. 

Anna’s intention is to contribute to evidence which supports policy decisions for a more equitable, just and healthy society.  Anna holds an MA (Hons) in Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and a Masters in Public Health.  Her background is in Clinical Psychology, and her experience of clinical practice in the NHS led her to consider the ‘upstream’ determinants of health and to move into public health.  Her research interests focus on the social and economic determinants of health, and health inequalities, particularly in relation to mental health and obesity.  Anna has experience of qualitative, quantitative and evidence synthesis methods. 

In 2016 she was part of a team who completed a systematic review of interventions intended to improve health, happiness and wellbeing for young people in the transition from adolescence to adulthood, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  In 2018/19 she was Principal Investigator for two mapping overviews of universal and selective interventions for the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people funded by Barnardo’s. 

Anna also has experience of delivering knowledge exchange activities and of supporting international collaborations.  Between 2016 and 2019 she was Project Coordinator for the EU Horizon 2020 funded 'Citizenship, Recovery and Inclusive Society Partnership', which shared learning on social inclusion and mental health between Europe and the United States. www.crisppartnership.eu

Anna is a Member of the Royal Society for Public Health, and the Society for Social Medicine.  Between 2016 and 2018 she undertook secondments to Silver School of Social Work, New York University, and to the Finnish Association for Mental Health, Helsinki. 

Publications

Untapped potential? Action by non-governmental organisations on the social determinants of mental health in high income countries : an integrative review
Cresswell-Smith Johanna, Macintyre Anna K, Wahlbeck Kristian
Voluntary Sector Review, pp. 1-21 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1332/204080520X15874661935482
Socioeconomic inequalities and the equity impact of population-level interventions for adolescent health : an overview of systematic reviews
Macintyre AK, Torrens C, Campbell P, Maxwell M, Pollock A, Biggs H, Woodhouse A, Williams JM, McLean J
Public Health Vol 180, pp. 154-162 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2019.11.008
Bystander intervention among Secondary school pupils : testing the Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Prototype Willingness Model
Pagani Stefania, Hunter Simon C, Elliott Mark A, Macintyre Anna
British Psychological Society Cognitive Psychology Section and Developmental Psychology Section Joint Conference 2019 (2019)
Mapping Selective Prevention and Promotion Interventions for the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People from Vulnerable Groups : A Rapid Overview
Macintyre Anna, Karadzhov Dimitar
(2019)
Mapping Universal Prevention and Promotion Interventions for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing : a Rapid Overview
Macintyre Anna K, Karadzhov Dimitar
(2019)
Exposure to liquid sweetness in early childhood : artificially-sweetened and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption at 4-5 years and risk of overweight and obesity at 7-8 years
Macintyre A K, Marryat L, Chambers S
Pediatric Obesity Vol 13, pp. 755-765 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1111/ijpo.12284

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Research interests

My intention is to contribute to research evidence which supports policy decisions for a more equitable, just and healthy society.  My background is in Clinical Psychology, and my experience of clinical practice in the NHS led me to consider ‘upstream’ causes and to move into public health.  My research interests focus on the social and economic determinants of health, and health inequalities, in relation to mental health and obesity.  I have particular interest in pursuing substantive topics focused on the health, mental health and wellbeing of children, families and young people, as well as the impact of the food environment.  Methodologically, I have experience of both qualitative and quantitative approaches, including analysis of the Growing Up in Scotland longitudinal cohort study.  

 

Professional activities

International Journal of Wellbeing (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2/2019
BIEN: Basic Income Earth Network Conference
Participant
24/8/2018
Towards inclusive political participation in mental health
Speaker
21/8/2018
Finnish Association for Mental Health
Visiting researcher
13/8/2018
Participation of people with lived experience in the formulation of social policies
Organiser
11/12/2017
Health, happiness and wellbeing in the transition from adolescence to adulthood: Applying an "equity lens" to an overview of systematic reviews of population level interventions
Speaker
7/9/2017

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Projects

Children and young people's mental health and wellbeing: Mapping universal and selective prevention/promotion interventions
Macintyre, Anna (Principal Investigator)
19-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2019
Systematic literature review of interventions to improve Health, Happiness and Well-Being in the transition from Adolescence to Adulthood (Population)
Macintyre, Anna (Principal Investigator)
18-Jan-2016 - 22-Jan-2016

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