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Population and Behavioural Science Research Division

Research at the University of St Andrews School of Medicine


Population and Behavioural Science research in the School of Medicine is transforming health promotion, prevention, early detection, management of illness and communication locally, nationally and globally. We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in health data science, epidemiology, trials and the design, delivery, and evaluation of theory-based psychological interventions.

We work in the primary care and community health domains, with specific interests in addiction medicine, child and adolescent health, long-term conditions and health behaviours. We are committed to public and patient involvement throughout our research and host the Fife Community Advisory Council who help guide our research. We employ patient co-design to improve both the delivery and understanding of our research.

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Head of Division: Prof Colin McCowan
Deputy Head of Division: Dr Gozde Ozakinci
Research Administrator: Karen Hunter

Principal Investigators


Prof Alexander Baldacchino

Chair in Medicine


Dr Joanne Cecil



Ms Dorothy Currie

Senior Statistician


Dr Fay Crawford


Prof Gerald Humphris



Prof Colin McCowan

Professor in Health Data Science

Heath Data Science, Health Informatics, Clinical epidemiology, Routinely collected health data


Dr Gozde Ozakinci

Senior Lecturer

Health psychology; Population and Behavioural Sciences; Cancer; Physical activity; Wellbeing; Sustainability; Health behaviours; Communication


Prof Francis Sullivan

Professor of Primary Care Medicine


Dr Andrew Williams

Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Epidemiology; Evaluation; Complexity; Salutogenesis; Obesity; Child and adolescent health; Community health