About Me

My main areas of interest are the epidemiology and prevention of common mental disorders, suicide and self harm. I chair the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on Suicide an Self harm prevention. I co- lead the Medicine, Health and Society strand of the Graduate Entry Medicine course at Swansea.

My background is public health and primary care. I am an honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine with Public Health Wales.

Areas of Expertise

  • Epidemiology
  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Common mental disorders
  • Public Health Research
  • Population health
  • Public Mental Health

Publications

  1. & Effectiveness of Web-Delivered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Relation to Mental Health and Well-Being: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Med Internet Res 18(8), e21
  2. Non-accidental non-fatal poisonings attended by emergency ambulance crews: an observational study of data sources and epidemiology. BMJ Open 6(8), e011049
  3. Gamification and Adherence to Web-Based Mental Health Interventions: A Systematic Review. JMIR Mental Health 3(3), e39
  4. & Case-finding for common mental disorders of anxiety and depression in primary care: an external validation of routinely collected data. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 16(1)
  5. Newspaper Reporting on a Cluster of Suicides in the UK. Crisis, 1-9.

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Teaching

  • PM-239F Doctor as Scholar and Scientist 1

    This module provides medical students with the foundation of scientific knowledge, which is required for the practice of medicine. Focusing on the principle of the Doctor as Scientist and Scholar (Tomorrow's Doctors, GMC 2009), this module enables students to develop their scientific knowledge within a clinical context.

  • PM-349D Doctor as Scholar and Scientist 2

    This module further develops the student's scientific knowledge, building on the foundations laid in Year 1. Focusing on the principle of the Doctor as Scientist and Scholar (Tomorrow's Doctors, GMC 2009), this module enables students to enhance their scientific knowledge and understanding of its importance to clinical practice within a clinical context.

  • PM-358I Doctor as Scholar and Scientist 3

    This module enables medical students to integrate their scientific knowledge and clinical skills in order to apply it within the context of clinical practice, thus enhancing their ability to practice medicine. This module builds on the knowledge learned in the previous years, focusing on the notion of the Doctor as a Scientist and Scholar (Tomorrow's Doctors, GMC 2009).

  • PM-367C Doctor as Scholar and Scientist 4

    This module enables medical students to consolidate their scientific knowledge within the context of clinical practice, and prepares them for the Foundation Year training programme. This module builds on the knowledge learned in the previous years, focusing on the notion of the Doctor as Scientist and Scholar (Tomorrow's Doctors, GMC 2009).

  • PM-M01 Evidence-based health and social care

    This module provides a broad overview of evidence based practice. This includes formulating answerable questions, searching for evidence and critical appraisal. The knowledge and competencies acquired in this module are core to studying at master's level by are also transferable into health and social care professionals clinical practice where they are required to keep up to date and to adopt a proces of life-long, self directed learning.

Supervision

  • The effect of self harm on the quality of life of adults (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ann John
    Other supervisor: Professor Keith Lloyd
  • 'The SMS (Short-Messaging for Self-harm) study to develop a complex intervention to reduce repeat self-harm among young people presenting to emergency departments.' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Keith Lloyd
    Other supervisor: Dr Ann John
  • Paramedics' perceptions and experiences of caring for people who self harm using Evolved Grounded Theory. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Helen Snooks
    Other supervisor: Dr Ann John
  • Self-Harm wEB Portal Cymru (SHeP-Cymru) (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ann John
    Other supervisor: Professor Keith Lloyd
  • Embedding Children;s Rights in Public Health (working title) (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Simon Hoffman
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees
    Other supervisor: Dr Ann John
  • The development and evaluation of an online emotional wellbeing module in the Champions for Health programme to complement and enhance lifestyle improvements. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ann John
    Other supervisor: Dr Parisa Eslambolchilar

External Responsibilities

Key Grants and Projects

  • A MINI perspective 2006 - 2008

    , Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care

  • MINISAIL 2008 - 2011

    , WORD/MRC

  • Suicide Information Database-Wales (SID-Cymru) 2012

    , NISCHR

  • Understanding suicide Clusters tHrough ExploRIng Self Harm behaviours (CHERISH) 2013 - 2015

    Funded by NISCHR

  • Centre for the Improvement of Population Health through E-health Research (CIPHER) 2012 - 2017

    , £4,373,292

  • Proposal to provide core data for a comprehensive survey of digestive health in Europe 2013 - 2014

    , £200,000