Dr Anna Macintyre

Research Associate

Social Work and Social Policy

Personal statement

Anna is a Research Associate in Policy Studies, School of Social Work and Social Policy. 

Anna is an interdisciplinary social scientist concerned with public health policy and health inequalities. Her intention is to contribute to research evidence which supports policy decisions for a more equitable, just and healthy society. Her core research interests focus on the social and economic determinants of health, mental health and associated inequalities. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between evidence and public health policy, and the role of policy actors, academia and senior leaders in shaping policy processes. Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde in 2015 she trained and worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS (2006-2014). Her experience of clinical practice in the NHS led her to consider ‘upstream’ determinants of health and to move into public health research. Anna holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Leeds, and an MA (Hons) in Psychology and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Glasgow.  She has experience of quantitative analysis of secondary data, qualitative methods, and evidence synthesis.

Currently Anna is working on the UK Prevention Research Partnership funded SIPHER project (www.sipher.ac.uk) where she works with Prof. Kat Smith and Dr Clemmie Hill O’Connor on Work Stream 1, focused on understanding policy processes, evidence needs and policy partner perspectives on societal valuations.   Anna is also working on an international study funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) led by Prof. Patrick Fafard at the Global Strategy Lab, University of Ottawa which is examining the role of the Chief Medical Officer in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In 2018/19 she was Principal Investigator on a project funded by Barnado’s which produced two mapping overviews of universal and selective interventions for the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.  In 2016 she was Co-Investigator on a project funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh to complete a systematic overview of interventions intended to improve health, happiness and wellbeing for young people in the transition from adolescence to adulthood. 

Anna also has experience of delivering knowledge exchange activities and of supporting international collaborations.  Between 2016 and 2019 she was Project Coordinator for the European Commission 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 New York University, and to the Finnish Association for Mental Health, Helsinki. 


Public understandings of potential policy responses to health inequalities : evidence from a UK national survey and citizens' juries in three UK cities
Smith KE, Macintyre AK, Weakley S, Hill SE, Escobar O, Fergie G
Social Science and Medicine Vol 291 (2021)
Under the spotlight : understanding the role of the Chief Medical Officer in a pandemic
MacAulay Margaret, Macintyre Anna K, Yashadhana Aryati, Cassola Adèle, Harris Patrick, Woodward Caroline, Smith Katherine, de Leeuw Evelyne, Palkovits Michèle, Hoffman Steven J, Fafard Patrick
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (2021)
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 Vol 12, pp. 189-209 (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
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)
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)

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Research interests

My core (overlapping) research interests are:

  • the social and economic determinants of health, mental health and health inequalities 
  • public mental health and prevention
  • the role of policy actors, academia and senior leaders in shaping 'upstream' healthy public policy 

I have experience of the following methods:

  • Quantitative analysis of secondary data (including analysis of the Growing Up in Scotland longitudinal cohort)
  • Qualitative methods (including thematic analysis and discourse analysis)
  • Evidence synthesis (including systematic overviews) 

Professional activities

Palgrave Communications (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Evidence and Policy (Journal)
Peer reviewer
SN Social Sciences (Journal)
Peer reviewer
International Journal of Wellbeing (Journal)
Peer reviewer
BIEN: Basic Income Earth Network Conference
Towards inclusive political participation in mental health

More professional activities


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)
Systematic literature review of interventions to improve Health, Happiness and Wellbeing in the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood - Population Interventions
18-Jan-2016 - 22-Jan-2016

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Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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