After graduating from St Andrews University with a degree in Psychology, I began work in the form of short-term research contracts within the University of Stirling. This was followed by several years of working within the Social Work Research Centre, most often evaluating Social Work interventions in Criminal Justice. After that was a period of ten years of freelance working, where my twin interests of mental health and criminal justice research were accommodated by my involvement within the Law School at Strathclyde University and the Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health.
Recent projects have involved young people and transitions out of crime, evaluating pilot studies such as the use of Electronic Monitoring as a condition of Bail and Fast Track Childrens’ Hearings. However, most recently I have worked on a study looking at breach and compliance with community disposals.
Now I am very much looking forward to learning new skills and ways of working within the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice where there is such an ethos of knowledge exchange and practice involvement.