Emma is an Associate professor based in the NMAHP Research Unit. She joined the unit in 2012 as a lecturer. Emma leads and collaborates on research grants in the fields of families and long-term health conditions and methodological research in the area of qualitative evidence synthesis, specifically meta-ethnography.

She specialises in qualitative research methods but also has expertise in quantitative and mixed methods approaches. Between April 2007-March 2012, Emma was employed as a research fellow on several research grants at the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh including: the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation programme funded ‘Information for choice: what people need, prefer and use'; the Scottish School of Primary Care funded ‘MALT' (Scottish Multiple And Long Term Conditions) study; and a qualitative study of men's and women's experiences of stroke. Prior to her academic role, Emma worked as a researcher and project manager in the commercial and voluntary sectors including for a mental health service provider, a design consultancy, and a telecommunications company.

Emma has an MA (honours) in psychology and French and a PhD in psychology from the University of Glasgow.