Senior Research Fellow
-University of Dundee
Telephone - 01382 388735
Alison is Director of the Mother and Infant Research Unit and a senior research fellow in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Dundee. Alison qualified as a midwife in 1981 and worked in clinical midwifery in England and Malawi. She qualified as a midwife teacher in 1989, awarded the Robert Peer’s Prize for Adult Education by the University of Nottingham, and spent 17 years lecturing in midwifery and women’s health at the University of Teesside. She was awarded a Masters in Applied Educational Studies by the University of York in 1993. In 2005 she joined the Mother and Infant Research Unit at the University of York and gained a NIHR Researcher Development Award to undertake a PhD which was completed in 2010 at the University of York. She joined the University of Dundee as a research fellow in January 2013. In January 2017, Alison was appointed Director of the Mother and Infant Research Unit (MIRU) leading a programme of research focused on infant feeding, the organisation and quality of maternity and neonatal care, and access and quality of care for vulnerable and marginalised women, babies and families.
Alison's research interests encompass maternal and infant health and nutrition, reducing health inequalities, ethnicity and diversity, migration including culturally appropriate health care and services, women’s views and experiences of maternity services, engaging vulnerable’ and marginalised groups in research. Her methodological expertise is in qualitative and mixed methods research including evidence synthesis. She is a co-author of the influential Lancet Series on Midwifery published in 2014. Her current research projects include a suite of systematic reviews of support for breastfeeding, a multi-method study on community engagement and trust between Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people and mainstream health services, and an evaluation of the new employer-led model of supervision for midwives in Scotland.