Areas of Interest: Availability,Licensing,conflicts of interest,Brief Intervention,Pharmacological intervention,Drink driving,Drinking guidelines,Gender

Personal Website: http://rms.stir.ac.uk/converis-stirling/person/25206

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Description: I specialise in alcohol policy research and have broad interests within that field. In alcohol brief interventions, I am interested in intervention design, quality and training for practitioners. I have studied and previously advised authorities in Denmark, Wales, Scotland and Ireland on these issues. Current policy research includes a qualitative analysis of public health engagement in alcohol licensing in Scotland, a gender-equity review of population level alcohol interventions and the development of blood screening tests for alcohol use in pregnancy. I am leading the IDEA project which is developing a systematic typology of the frames (claims or arguments) found in the alcohol policy literature. This study, funded by CRUK, will facilitate systematic framing analysis of future bodies of data such as consultation responses etc. I am interested in how financial conflicts of interest affect science and practice in public health, and have current work focused on nalmefene (a drug for alcohol dependence); and on understanding how researchers view conflicts of interest and how they should managed. I am open to collaboration with others interested in taking forward research in these fields, or to prospective research students interested in any of these issues.