Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Health

Research interests around child, adolescent and young adult health can be traced to my doctoral study, Negotiating Youth Work, that focussed on children’s and adolescents’ geographies.  More recently, I have been involved in research examining adolescents cancer awareness and the effectiveness of a school-based educational intervention delivered by Teenage Cancer Trust designed to raise adolescents’ cancer awareness.

Building on this research, I am currently conducting the ACE (Adolescent Cancer Education) study funded by Teenage Cancer Trust and the Scottish Government’s Health Directorate Detect Cancer Early programme.  ACE is a cluster randomised controlled trial involving over 2,000 young people in 20 secondary schools in Glasgow, Scotland to test the effectiveness of Teenage Cancer Trust education on adolescent and parent cancer awareness.

In addition, I am leading the EVEREST study funded by Teenage Cancer Trust.  EVEREST is an Evaluation of a Vocational and Educational suppoRt service for adolEScents and young adulTs with cancer in the South West of England, and will involve the development and initial testing of a tool to assess adolescents and young adults educational and vocational outcomes following cancer diagnosis.