Thesis title: A realist synthesis and evaluation of public health policy implementation
Kathleen holds an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Dundee and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Edinburgh. Since 2017, Kathleen has worked with the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health and Research, based within the University of Edinburgh. During this time she has gained experience in public health intervention development and evaluation. In January 2019 Kathleen began a doctoral degree and is currently investigating the implementation of large-scale public health policies using realist methods.
Master of Public Health (MPH), University of Edinburgh
Neuroscience BSc(Hons), University of Dundee
I am interested in exploring knowledge gaps between research, policy and practice in public health by understanding the influence and translation of evidence into policy-making and in turn the implementation of policies into practice. I also have a keen interest in public health intervention development and evaluation.
Current research interestsI am currently using realist methods to understand 'what works, for whom, under what circumstances' in the implementation of large-scale public health policies. I am also a member of the research team commissioned by the Scottish Government to evaluate the impact of the Universal Health Visiting Pathway introduced in 2015.
Affiliated research centres
- Realist synthesis and evaluation of large-scale public health policy implementation
- Realist evaluation of the Universal Health Visiting Pathway
- Our Outdoors
- Stand Up for Health
- Evaluation of the Junction