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Margaret Maxwell is Professor of Health Services and Mental Health Research and Director of the Chief Scientist Office funded Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP RU) at the University of Stirling.

She has been in health services research for almost 30 years, focusing on quality and delivery of primary care services and the management of common mental health problems. From 2003-2013 she was Head of the Scottish Primary Care Mental Health Research and Development Programme, as part of a national programme to improve mental health and wellbeing in Scotland. She has led or been involved in many large scale evaluations of national mental health programmes such as Doing Well by People with Depression and Choose Life (Scotland’s national suicide prevention programme).

Over the last 12 years, she has been involved in several European research collaborations tackling suicide and depression (www.eaad.net; www.ifightdepression.com ). She is also an Executive member of the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre which brings together researchers, NHS and social care staff, policymakers, educators, and the third sector from across Scotland and internationally to strengthen the evidence base for improvement science in the healthcare environment; and an Executive member of the Scottish School of Primary Care which supports growth in academic primary care in Scotland, and international promotion of its work.

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