Emma Coles

Research Fellow

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Emma is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Implementation Science and is part of the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC).  Her responsibilities include research and evaluation across the SISCC Maternal and Child Health and Older People workstreams, and the Context and Behavioural Determinants themes. She joined the Unit in 2014 to work on a CNO-funded child health, wellbeing and inequalities study, involving the use of realist synthesis methodology to explore how and why early years interventions work or do not work in given contexts and with what outcomes and effects.

Prior to joining the NMAHP Research Unit, Emma spent 6 years working on the Scottish Government-funded Smile4Life oral health and homelessness project at the University of Dundee, during which time she completed her PhD on engagement with health promotion and health services within the context of homelessness. Emma has worked on qualitative research projects on a wide range of topics, including health inequalities, disability, social inclusion and community planning. Emma has an MA (Hons) in Politics and an MSc in Applied Computing, both from the University of Dundee.