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  • Coordinator of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in health promotion.

  • Coordinator of Year 4 MBChB public health teaching

  • Convener of the University of Edinburgh Tobacco Control Research Group

  • Convener of the Medical and Dental Exclusion Review Committee

    Teaching Responsibilities


  • Health Promotion teaching in Years 1 and 4 of the medical curriculum.


  • Health Promotion teaching in the MPH.

  • PhD students researching different aspects of tobacco control and smoking issues eg smoking in the mid-teens; children's experiences of smoking in the home; young smokers' sources of cigarettes; smoking cessation and social networks; influence of the tobacco industry at the European level.

    Research Interests

    My main area of research is smoking and tobacco control. This focuses on a broad range of smoking issues at the individual, community and societal level, including:

  • young people - smoking uptake, dependence and cessation in the mid-to-late teens; transitions and smoking; smoking and gender; sources of cigarettes; e-cigarettes.

  • adults - smoking and disadvantage; smoking cessation; e-cigarettes; smoking and gender; smoking and ethnicity.

  • evaluation of tobacco control policies and initiatives - interventions to reduce children's exposure to secondhand smoke in the home; effectiveness of youth prevention policies including schools and sources of tobacco; equity impacts; networking and capacity building on women and tobacco in Europe.

    Current Research Involvement

  • DISPLAY- Determining the Impact of Smoking Point of Sale Legislation Among Youth Study (with Stirling and St Andrew's Universities).

  • SILNE-R Enhancing the effectiveness of programs and strategies to prevent smoking by adolescents: a realist evaluation comparing seven European countries  (Led by University of Amsterdam involving 8 countries)

  • Inequalities in smoking among 16-24 year olds: Scottish Health Survey secondary analysis and qualitative follow-up project. (with Scotcen)

  • Young adults’ understandings and experiences of e-cigarettes

  • First Steps to Smoke-free: Using air-quality feedback to facilitate smoke-free homes through the NHS Lanarkshire First Steps Programme. (with University of Aberdeen and NHS Lanarkshire)

  • A process evaluation of the implementation of ASSIST Scotland (with Universities of Stirling, Glasgow, Bristol and Cardiff).

    Other Responsibilities/Activities

  • Associate Editor for Prevention of the journal Tobacco Control

  • Member of the European Board of the International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT)

  • Member of the Scottish Ministerial Working Group on Tobacco Control and sub-groups on Prevention, and Research and Evaluation

  • Member of the Board of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease

  • Consultant to NHs Lothian on smoking prevention

    Further Information

    Work History

    Previous Appointments


Scientific Officer; MRC Clinical and Population Cytogenetics Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh


Senior Scientific Officer, Department of Community Medicine and Health Education, Hampstead Health Authority, London

Appointed to University of Edinburgh


Lecturer in Health Promotion, Public Health Sciences


Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion, Public Health Sciences


Reader in Health Promotion, Public Health Sciences


Professor of Health Promotion, Public Health Sciences



BA (Hons) in Natural Science (Genetics) 2.1, University of Cambridge


PhD in Genetics, University of Cambridge


MSc in Community Medicine, University of Edinburgh



 2013 WHO World No Tobacco Day Medal

 2015 Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health



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