Anne joined NMAHP-RU in January 2018 and leads a programme of research on substance use. Her clinical background includes senior nursing and managerial posts in mental health, addictions and blood-borne viruses services within the NHS and Local Authority Social Work. Before joining the Unit, Anne worked for six years as an Advanced Practitioner (Clinical Research) and Reader in Substance Misuse at Edinburgh Napier University, seconded from NHS Lothian’s Substance Misuse Services. Anne is currently Academic lead for the Families Research Theme in the Drugs Research Network for Scotland (DRNS). She also teaches ‘Research Ethics and Governance’ on the MRes in Health Research programme, supervises PhD students, and serves on a number of committees including the Council for Addaction (Scotland) and the Corra Foundation Partnership Drugs Initiative.
Anne is an experienced qualitative and mixed methods researcher. Her research focuses on policy and practice in relation to the treatment and care of individuals and families affected by substance use. Because substance use is a cross-cutting issue, Anne works closely with a wide range of academics, practitioners, policymakers and service users, both nationally and internationally. She has designed and led a number of interdisciplinary studies on the care of children and families affected by parental substance use, parents’ experiences of treatment, and feasibility studies on parenting and family-focused interventions.