Dr Barbara Nicholl, University of Glasgow
I am a lecturer in General Practice & Primary Care at the University of Glasgow, Institute of Health & Wellbeing; I have been in my current position for almost five years. My research focuses on chronic pain and mental health epidemiology and management in primary care, a healthcare area of major individual and societal cost. I am currently involved with five funded projects, of which I am lead investigator on two, and Glasgow lead on a large EU Horizon 2020 grant. These projects focus on exploring multimorbidity and treatment burden using the UK Biobank cohort, development of a digital support tool for the self-management of low back pain, and on evaluating innovative musculoskeletal physiotherapy services in Scotland. I also lead and teach on the MSc in Primary Care, an online degree for professionals working in primary care. I have a supervisor load that includes PhD, MSc and BSc students across a range of primary care related topics. I am involved with wider Institute activities, including leading a working sub-group for our Athena Swan Charter. Before coming to Glasgow I held a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position at Keele University Primary Care & Health Sciences Research Institute, conducting an NIHR funded cluster randomised control trial investigating case-finding for depression and anxiety in patients with osteoarthritis. My PhD at the University of Manchester in the then named Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit, involved the development of a multifactorial causal model for chronic widespread pain, which I completed alongside my Research Assistant post.