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Research Expertise

  • The epidemiology of common mental disorders (depressive episodes, anxiety states, alcohol & substance misuse, dementia, learning disability and autistic spectrum disorders) within the remote & rural areas of Scotland.
  • The social and cultural associates and determinants of common mental health disorders as presented in the remote & rural communities of Scotland, with particular reference to issues of social inclusion/ exclusion and health inequalities.


External interests, member of associations, advisor etc

Member of:

  • Educational Institute of Scotland
  • Institute of Rural Health
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Reviewer for Journal of Primary Health Care


Research Projects

  • 2012-2013 Northern Periphery Project NHS Western Isles arm of Recruit & Retain: Developing Solutions, Products and Services to Address Recruitment and Retention Issues in Remote and Rural Areas of the Northern Periphery Programme Area. 
  • 2010 - 2012 Raising the Health and Wellbeing of Pupils at Tolsta Primary School: Testing the Efficacy of a Cost Effective Model Designed to improve Health and Wellbeing of School Aged Children.
  • Rachel Tearse (2005) Depressive Symptoms in Ischaemic Heart Disease in the Western Isles of Scotland. PhD thesis OUVS/UHI.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Depressive Symptoms in Ischaemic Heart Disease in the Western Isles of Scotland., OUVS/UHI

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Bachelor of Nursing, Nurses's Knowledge of Analgesic Side Effects, De Montfort University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995


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