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June bulletin

June bulletin



Goodbye Yvonne Laird

After 2.5 years as a Research Fellow at SCPHRP, we are sad to say goodbye to our lovely Yvonne Laird. Yvonne has accepted a new position at the University of Sydney as a Lecturer in Prevention and Health Promotion and will start her new role at the beginning of August.

Yvonne has very much enjoyed her time at SCPHRP and would like to thank all of the SCPHRP team and project collaborators for their support, guidance and involvement over the last 2.5 years. She looks forward to continuing to work with SCPHRP and collaborators in a new capacity and for what the future holds. We are going to really miss you Yvonne!

Welcome Dr. Jessica Hafetz

As we say farewell to Yvonne, we say a big warm welcome to Dr. Jessica Hafetz who will be joining SCPHRP in August as Lecturer in Applied Psychology/Public Health. Her primary interests are in the social determinants of health and well-being for vulnerable populations within a developmental context and in intervention development and evaluation in applied settings. Most of her research has focused on parenting and paediatric unintentional injury. More recently she has begun a program of research on sexual and gender identity disclosure events and the ways in which disclosure experiences can influence the health and well-being of sexual minority youth.

Prior to joining SCPHRP, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2016-2019, and a scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Research Institute and Division of Adolescent Medicine from 2008-2016.

When not working she can be found playing with her two children, Abe and Phoebe, and her dachshund Henry, reading, watching women’s football, hiking, and running. She has never met an animal she didn’t like!


20MPH Project

The University of East Anglia UEA have developed a short animation explaining the 20mph project. Thanks to Dr Karen Milton for co-ordinating the animation, and to Dr Ruth Hunter for providing the narration. It can be viewed on our YouTube channel here.




Dr Elizabeth Ablah

University of Kansas – Wichita Associate Professor, Dr Elizabeth Ablah, visited SCPHRP in June to discuss her WorkWell KS initiative. WorkWell KS is a state-wide initiative in Kansas, USA to increase worksite wellness through a multi-level initiative including individual, organisational and policy-level change. Dr Ablah was an excellent speaker and we greatly enjoyed learning about our overlapping research interests – specifically the similarities between Stand Up for Health and WorkWell KS.

We look forward to keeping in touch with Dr Ablah and thank her for making the journey to Edinburgh!


REPORT: Future Transitions In Palliative Care Across the Life Course for People with Life-Limiting Conditions

SCPRP’s Jan Pringle has recently finished working as a programme team member for a multidisciplinary project exploring the future of palliative care transitions for people with life limiting conditions. The programme, lead by Tara French, Sneha Raman and Divya Jindal-Snape from Glasgow School of Art and the University of Dundee aimed to build a contextual understanding of care needs and aspirations across the life course, and scope future care models that support the development of person-centred care, towards Scotland 2030. Read more.

A theory based evaluation of an intervention to promote positive health behaviours and reduce social isolation in people experiencing homelessnessStephen Malden, Ruth Jepson, Yvonne Laird, John McAteer

Daines, L., McLean, S., Buelo, A., Lewis, S., Sheikh, A. and Pinnock, H., 2019. Systematic review of clinical prediction models to support the diagnosis of asthma in primary care. NPJ primary care respiratory medicine, 29(1), p.19.

Epidemic of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Explaining the phenomenon in South Asians worldwide.



Outdoor Nurseries Social Enterprise Fund open for applications.

Thanks to a generous donation from a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous, we have established a new Fund to offer seed-corn investment to develop innovative approaches for the creation of a new generation of outdoor early learning and childcare (ELC) settings. Funding will be available for 12 to 18 months to support the establishment of new outdoor ELC settings.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 12 July 2019. We want to support those making an application and we invite those who are considering applying to register their interest with us by e-mail to – questions can also be submitted to Jo and we will circulate questions and answers to all those who have registered on 29 June and if further questions are submitted thereafter, we will circulate the answers to those on 5 July. Read more…

New research highlighting the complexity of the lives of people facing multiple disadvantage in Scotland has launched today.

Commissioned by Lankelly Chase and The Robertson Trust and authored by Heriot-Watt University, Hard Edges Scotland also details the challenges that charitable services and the public sector are facing. In particular, the report illustrates the mismatch between the multiple disadvantages people face and the fact that services are often set up to address ‘single issues’. Read the full report here

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