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I am a mental health epidemiologist at the University of Manchester. I currently hold a Senior Research Fellowship funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care. My expertise is in epidemiology of self-harm and suicide prevention. I specialise in utilising large-scale, population healthcare data to examine rates of suicidal behaviour, risk factors, treatment and outcomes for self-harm. 

I am currently researching the primary care and social care needs of people who have harmed themselves and clinical management of people with a diagnosis of personality disorder who have self-harmed.

I am currently an expert advisor, providing expertise on research and evidence, with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health. The review is focussing on prejudice and discrimination experienced by people with a 'personality disorder' label.

I have previously worked on NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research concerned with guiding health service priorities for preventing suicide in England. I have also worked on a European Research Council-funded project using Danish registry data to examine rates of self-harm in adolescents and risk factors for suicide and other causes of death in young people.

I currently supervise post-doctoral researchers and PhD and Masters students. I welcome enquiries regarding PhD supervision.


I am a dissertation supervisor for the University of Manchester's Master of Public Health programme.

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
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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