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Population and Behavioural Science Research Division

Research at the University of St Andrews School of Medicine


Welcome to the Population and Behavioural Science Division at the University of St Andrews.

We undertake research in the School of Medicine, 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. We also work closely with the Sir James Mackenzie Institute for Early Diagnosis.

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Head of Division: Prof Colin McCowan
Deputy Head of Division:  
Division Support: Dianna Murray

Principal Investigators


Prof Colin McCowan

Professor in Health Data Science

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


Prof Alexander Baldacchino



Ms Dorothy Currie

Senior Statistician


Prof Francis Sullivan

Professor of Primary Care Medicine

General Practice; Primary Care; Clinical Trials; Health Data Science; Systematic Reviews


Dr Joanne Cecil



Dr Amaya Azcoaga-Lorenzo


Prof Peter Donnelly

Chair in Public Health


Dr Margaret McCartney


Dr Sarah Mills

Lecturer in Academic General Practice