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I am a social care researcher and economist investigating different ways of supporting older adults needing care in relation to dementia and mental health.  My work focuses on two research interests: 

 (1) measurement design and psychometric testing using Rasch methods, especially in relation to patient-reported outcomes and experiences relating to older people’s social care;

 (2) the organisation and delivery of long-term community support, including features of integrated care; interdisciplinary teamworking; the role of social workers; and practitioner stress.

My experiences in health and social care begain as an economist to the Dept of Health before then joining academia. I use a spread of quantitative methods with a particular interest in modern psychometric techniques. I have experience in the design and management of randomised controlled trials, observational studies and quasi-experimental research; in addition to qualitative studies as part of mixed-method approaches, and a range of literature review methods.

I have held personal awards from the National Institute for Health Research (Doctoral Fellowship) and School for Social Care Research (Capacity Development Award).  I am a member of the editorial board for the British Journal of Social Work, and am an associate editor for BMC Geriatrics and BMC Psychiatry.  


  • PhD Social Work.  University of Manchester.

  • MSc Economics and Social Policy Analysis.  University of York.

  • BA Economics and Politics. University of York.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Editorial positions

  • Editorial Board member, British Journal of Social Work
  • Associate Editor, BMC Geriatrics
  • Associate Editor, BMC Psychiatry


  • Data Monitoring and Ethics Committee (DMEC): NIHR HS&DR,15/144/51 (2017-2020)


  • Member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).
  • Member of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).
  • Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research.
  • Member of NIHR Faculty.


My collaborations

  • Prof Linda Davies, University of Manchester

  • Prof Mike Kelly, University of Cambridge

  • Psychometric Laboratory for Health Sciences, University of Leeds

  • Prof David Edvardsson, La Trobe University

  • Dr Hilde Verbeek, Maastricht University

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • person-centred care; Rasch analysis; gerontology; social work; social care


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