Dr Mark McCann

  • Research Fellow (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)

Biography

Mark studied Psychology as his first degree, and then completed a Masters in Social Research Methods and a PhD in Social Epidemiology at Queen’s University Belfast. Mark completed a PGCert in Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Glasgow, and is also an alumnus of the European Educational Programme in Epidemiology Summer School and the Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School.

Mark's Masters and PhD projects linked administrative datasets – the 2001 Census, health records, death records and health care inspectorate records – to study mortality rates, and determinants of admission to care homes for older people, and my PGCert training involved a placement working in an Addaction community rehabilitation unit for those in recovery from drug and alcohol dependence.

After his PhD, Mark worked as the Statistician for the Institute of Child Care Research in Queen’s University Belfast. Here he worked on the Belfast Youth Development Study, on projects funded by Alcohol Research UK looking at how parental-adolescent relationships affect alcohol use, community gardening services for people with alcohol problems in Northern Ireland, and studies funded by the ESRC using administrative data to study mental health after bereavement, and developing a smartphone app to collect social network information. He also provided statistical support for evaluations of a range of health and social care interventions.

While at the MRC/CSO SPHSU, Mark's projects have focussed on how social networks influence alcohol, drug use, and offending/antisocial behaviour in adolescence; using social network analysis and an N of 1 study design to explore the determinants of alcohol and other drug use, before and after minimum unit pricing for alcohol was introduced in Scotland; and using network analysis to study change processes in the STASH intervention. Mark is part of the Complexity programme.

Alongside social networks, Mark’s other main area of interest is in networks of causes: using graphs and visualisation to understand risk factors for health behaviours, represent the ‘theory of change’ of health interventions, and developing experiments to study the effectiveness of interventions.


Research interests

Mark is interested in supervising PhD and Masters Students who would want to do work in one, or a combination of the following topics or areas. Mark would encourage those from disciplines not traditionally associated with public health (e.g. computing science, engineering, ecology) to get in contact to find out about interdisciplinary projects.

Substantive topics

Alcohol and other drug use, dependence and recovery.

Mental health, suicide, self-harm.

Family, friend, social and cultural influences on health and health behaviours.

Social isolation, social support and health.

Causal inference, systems methods to study health, and visualising complex causal processes.

Methodological areas

Social Network Analysis: Studying the formation of social networks, and how networks influence health outcomes and health behaviours. For example:

‘Peer pressure’ versus ‘choosing similar friends’ as explanations for friendship group structure and drinking & drug use among school pupils.

Social support and social isolation, and the influence they have on health behaviours and outcomes.

Methodology for collecting data on social networks.

Complex systems science: Understanding the interaction of individuals with each other, their environment, or with organisations leads to complex structures and patterns at the

system level, and methods for understanding systems. Systems mapping and group model building.

Statistical methods: The application of advanced and novel statistical methods to the topics outlined above. For example:

Multilevel modelling, Latent Class, Latent Profile, and Latent Transition Analysis, Directed acyclic graphs and causal inference methods, Simulation Investigation for Empirical Network Analysis (SIENA).


Publications

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Number of items: 25.

2019

Sinclair, J., Dutey-Magni, P., Anderson, A., Baird, J., Barker, M., Cutress, R., Kaner, E., McCann, M. , Priest, C. and Copson, E. (2019) Abreast of health: development of a context-specific digital alcohol brief intervention (ABI) in symptomatic breast clinics. JMIR Research Protocols, (Accepted for Publication)

McCann, M. , Jordan, J.-A., Higgins, K. and Moore, L. (2019) Longitudinal social network analysis of peer, family and school contextual influences on adolescent drinking frequency. Journal of Adolescent Health, 65(3), pp. 350-358. (doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.03.004) (PMID:31196786) (PMCID:PMC6710020)

Higgins, K., O’Neill, N., O’Hara, L., Jordan, J.-A., McCann, M. , O’Neill, T., Clarke, M., O’Neill, T. and Campbell, A. (2019) Evidence for public health on novel psychoactive substance use: a mixed-methods study. Public Health Research, 7(14), pp. 1-150. (doi:10.3310/phr07140)

Ferguson, K. D., McCann, M. , Katikireddi, S. V. , Thomson, H. , Green, M. J. , Smith, D. J. and Lewsey, J. D. (2019) Evidence synthesis for constructing directed acyclic graphs (ESC-DAGs): a novel and systematic method for building directed acyclic graphs. International Journal of Epidemiology, (doi:10.1093/ije/dyz150) (PMID:31325312) (Early Online Publication)

Sinclair, J., McCann, M. , Sheldon, E., Gordon, I., Brierley-Jones, L. and Copson, E. (2019) The acceptability of addressing alcohol consumption as a modifiable risk factor for breast cancer: a mixed method study within breast screening services and symptomatic breast clinics. BMJ Open, 9, e027371. (doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027371) (PMID:31209091)

Jordan, J.-A., McCann, M. , Katikireddi, S. V. and Higgins, K. (2019) Harmonising alcohol consumption, sales and related outcomes data across the UK and Ireland: an insurmountable barrier to policy evaluation? Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 26(5), pp. 385-393. (doi:10.1080/09687637.2018.1488948)

2018

Forsyth, R. et al. (2018) Peer-led intervention to prevent and reduce STI transmission and improve sexual health in secondary schools (STASH): protocol for a feasibility study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4, 180. (doi:10.1186/s40814-018-0354-9) (PMID:30519482) (PMCID:PMC6264037)

Mccann, M. , Broccatelli, C. , Moore, L. and Mitchell, K. (2018) Distribution of Sexual Health Knowledge and Attitudes in Adolescent Social Networks: Social Network Analysis of Data from the STIs and Sexual Health Feasibility Study. Lancet Public Health Science 2018, Belfast, UK, 23 Nov 2018. S60. (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32047-6)

Higgins, K., McLaughlin, A., Perra, O., McCartan, C., McCann, M. , Percy, A. and Jordan, J. A. (2018) The Belfast Youth Development Study (BYDS): A prospective cohort study of the initiation, persistence and desistance of substance use from adolescence to adulthood in Northern Ireland. PLoS ONE, 13(5), e0195192. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0195192) (PMID:29791433) (PMCID:PMC5965826)

Tay Wee Teck, J. and Mccann, M. (2018) Tracking internet interest in anabolic-androgenic steroids using Google Trends. International Journal of Drug Policy, 51, pp. 52-55. (doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.11.001) (PMID:29197722) (PMCID:PMC5788329)

Yerima, S. Y. et al. (2018) MobiQ: a modular Android application for collecting social interaction, repeated survey, GPS and photographic data. Software X, 7, pp. 143-149. (doi:10.1016/j.softx.2018.04.006)

2017

Maguire, A., Moriaty, J., O'Reilly, D. and McCann, M. (2017) Education as a predictor of antidepressant and anxiolytic medication use after bereavement: a population-based record linkage study. Quality of Life Research, 26(5), pp. 1251-1262. (doi:10.1007/s11136-016-1440-1) (PMID:27770330) (PMCID:PMC5376389)

2016

Vanderbloemen, L., Minton, J. , Green, M., Mccann, M. and Shaw, R. (2016) Visualising Age-Period-Cohort Patterns in Health Data Using Lexis Surfaces. 60th Anniversary of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine, York, UK, 14-16 Sep 2016. (Unpublished)

Maguire, L. K., Niens, U., Mccann, M. and Connolly, P. (2016) Emotional development among early school-age children: gender differences in the role of problem behaviours. Educational Psychology, 36(8), pp. 1408-1428. (doi:10.1080/01443410.2015.1034090) (PMID:27570322) (PMCID:PMC4975098)

Mccann, M. , Perra, O., McLaughlin, A., McCartan, C. and Higgins, K. (2016) Assessing elements of a family approach to reduce adolescent drinking frequency: parent-adolescent relationship, knowledge management, and keeping secrets. Addiction, 111(5), pp. 843-853. (doi:10.1111/add.13258) (PMID:26638189) (PMCID:PMC4949705)

2015

Moriarty, J., Maguire, A., O’Reilly, D. and McCann, M. (2015) Bereavement following informal care-giving: assessing mental health burden using linked population data. American Journal of Public Health, 105(8), pp. 1630-1637. (doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302597) (PMID:26066918) (PMCID:PMC4504303)

Dunne, L., Mccann, M. , Millen, S., Wilson, J. and Macdonald, G. (2015) Overconfidence, sexual health awareness and sexual health risk among young female users of sexual health clinics. International Journal of Educational Research, 71, pp. 26-31. (doi:10.1016/j.ijer.2015.02.007)

Hintsa, T., Kouvonen, A., McCann, M. , Jokela, M., Elovainio, M. and Demakakos, P. (2015) Higher effort-reward imbalance and lower job control predict exit from the labour market at the age of 61 years or younger: evidence from the English longitudinal study of ageing. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 69(6), pp. 543-549. (doi:10.1136/jech-2014-205148) (PMID:25631860) (PMCID:PMC4453492)

2014

McCann, M. , Grundy, E. and O’Reilly, D. (2014) Urban and rural differences in risk of admission to a care home: a census-based follow-up study. Health and Place, 30, pp. 171-176. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.09.009) (PMID:25299173)

Mccann, M. , Higgins, K., Perra, O., McCartan, C. and McLaughlin, A. (2014) Adolescent ecstasy use and depression: cause and effect, or two outcomes of home environment? European Journal of Public Health, 24(5), pp. 845-850. (doi:10.1093/eurpub/cku062)

2012

McCann, M. , Donnelly, M. and O'Reilly, D. (2012) Gender differences in care home admission risk: partner's age explains the higher risk for women. Age and Ageing, 41(3), pp. 416-419. (doi:10.1093/ageing/afs022)

McCann, M. , Grundy, E. and O'Reilly, D. (2012) Why is housing tenure associated with a lower risk of admission to a nursing or residential home? Wealth, health and the incentive to keep 'my home'. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 66(2), pp. 166-169. (doi:10.1136/jech-2011-200315)

2011

McCann, M. and Wheeler, S. (2011) Gender diversity in the FTSE 100: the business case claim explored. Journal of Law and Society, 38(4), pp. 542-574. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-6478.2011.00558.x)

McCann, M. , Donnelly, M. and O'Reilly, D. (2011) Living arrangements, relationship to people in the household and admission to care homes for older people. Age and Ageing, 40(3), pp. 358-363. (doi:10.1093/ageing/afr031)

2009

McCann, M. , O'Reilly, D. and Cardwell, C. (2009) A Census-based longitudinal study of variations in survival amongst residents of nursing and residential homes in Northern Ireland. Age and Ageing, 38(6), pp. 711-717. (doi:10.1093/ageing/afp173)

This list was generated on Sun Nov 17 04:17:40 2019 GMT.
Number of items: 25.

Articles

Sinclair, J., Dutey-Magni, P., Anderson, A., Baird, J., Barker, M., Cutress, R., Kaner, E., McCann, M. , Priest, C. and Copson, E. (2019) Abreast of health: development of a context-specific digital alcohol brief intervention (ABI) in symptomatic breast clinics. JMIR Research Protocols, (Accepted for Publication)

McCann, M. , Jordan, J.-A., Higgins, K. and Moore, L. (2019) Longitudinal social network analysis of peer, family and school contextual influences on adolescent drinking frequency. Journal of Adolescent Health, 65(3), pp. 350-358. (doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.03.004) (PMID:31196786) (PMCID:PMC6710020)

Higgins, K., O’Neill, N., O’Hara, L., Jordan, J.-A., McCann, M. , O’Neill, T., Clarke, M., O’Neill, T. and Campbell, A. (2019) Evidence for public health on novel psychoactive substance use: a mixed-methods study. Public Health Research, 7(14), pp. 1-150. (doi:10.3310/phr07140)

Ferguson, K. D., McCann, M. , Katikireddi, S. V. , Thomson, H. , Green, M. J. , Smith, D. J. and Lewsey, J. D. (2019) Evidence synthesis for constructing directed acyclic graphs (ESC-DAGs): a novel and systematic method for building directed acyclic graphs. International Journal of Epidemiology, (doi:10.1093/ije/dyz150) (PMID:31325312) (Early Online Publication)

Sinclair, J., McCann, M. , Sheldon, E., Gordon, I., Brierley-Jones, L. and Copson, E. (2019) The acceptability of addressing alcohol consumption as a modifiable risk factor for breast cancer: a mixed method study within breast screening services and symptomatic breast clinics. BMJ Open, 9, e027371. (doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027371) (PMID:31209091)

Jordan, J.-A., McCann, M. , Katikireddi, S. V. and Higgins, K. (2019) Harmonising alcohol consumption, sales and related outcomes data across the UK and Ireland: an insurmountable barrier to policy evaluation? Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 26(5), pp. 385-393. (doi:10.1080/09687637.2018.1488948)

Forsyth, R. et al. (2018) Peer-led intervention to prevent and reduce STI transmission and improve sexual health in secondary schools (STASH): protocol for a feasibility study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4, 180. (doi:10.1186/s40814-018-0354-9) (PMID:30519482) (PMCID:PMC6264037)

Higgins, K., McLaughlin, A., Perra, O., McCartan, C., McCann, M. , Percy, A. and Jordan, J. A. (2018) The Belfast Youth Development Study (BYDS): A prospective cohort study of the initiation, persistence and desistance of substance use from adolescence to adulthood in Northern Ireland. PLoS ONE, 13(5), e0195192. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0195192) (PMID:29791433) (PMCID:PMC5965826)

Tay Wee Teck, J. and Mccann, M. (2018) Tracking internet interest in anabolic-androgenic steroids using Google Trends. International Journal of Drug Policy, 51, pp. 52-55. (doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.11.001) (PMID:29197722) (PMCID:PMC5788329)

Yerima, S. Y. et al. (2018) MobiQ: a modular Android application for collecting social interaction, repeated survey, GPS and photographic data. Software X, 7, pp. 143-149. (doi:10.1016/j.softx.2018.04.006)

Maguire, A., Moriaty, J., O'Reilly, D. and McCann, M. (2017) Education as a predictor of antidepressant and anxiolytic medication use after bereavement: a population-based record linkage study. Quality of Life Research, 26(5), pp. 1251-1262. (doi:10.1007/s11136-016-1440-1) (PMID:27770330) (PMCID:PMC5376389)

Maguire, L. K., Niens, U., Mccann, M. and Connolly, P. (2016) Emotional development among early school-age children: gender differences in the role of problem behaviours. Educational Psychology, 36(8), pp. 1408-1428. (doi:10.1080/01443410.2015.1034090) (PMID:27570322) (PMCID:PMC4975098)

Mccann, M. , Perra, O., McLaughlin, A., McCartan, C. and Higgins, K. (2016) Assessing elements of a family approach to reduce adolescent drinking frequency: parent-adolescent relationship, knowledge management, and keeping secrets. Addiction, 111(5), pp. 843-853. (doi:10.1111/add.13258) (PMID:26638189) (PMCID:PMC4949705)

Moriarty, J., Maguire, A., O’Reilly, D. and McCann, M. (2015) Bereavement following informal care-giving: assessing mental health burden using linked population data. American Journal of Public Health, 105(8), pp. 1630-1637. (doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302597) (PMID:26066918) (PMCID:PMC4504303)

Dunne, L., Mccann, M. , Millen, S., Wilson, J. and Macdonald, G. (2015) Overconfidence, sexual health awareness and sexual health risk among young female users of sexual health clinics. International Journal of Educational Research, 71, pp. 26-31. (doi:10.1016/j.ijer.2015.02.007)

Hintsa, T., Kouvonen, A., McCann, M. , Jokela, M., Elovainio, M. and Demakakos, P. (2015) Higher effort-reward imbalance and lower job control predict exit from the labour market at the age of 61 years or younger: evidence from the English longitudinal study of ageing. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 69(6), pp. 543-549. (doi:10.1136/jech-2014-205148) (PMID:25631860) (PMCID:PMC4453492)

McCann, M. , Grundy, E. and O’Reilly, D. (2014) Urban and rural differences in risk of admission to a care home: a census-based follow-up study. Health and Place, 30, pp. 171-176. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.09.009) (PMID:25299173)

Mccann, M. , Higgins, K., Perra, O., McCartan, C. and McLaughlin, A. (2014) Adolescent ecstasy use and depression: cause and effect, or two outcomes of home environment? European Journal of Public Health, 24(5), pp. 845-850. (doi:10.1093/eurpub/cku062)

McCann, M. , Donnelly, M. and O'Reilly, D. (2012) Gender differences in care home admission risk: partner's age explains the higher risk for women. Age and Ageing, 41(3), pp. 416-419. (doi:10.1093/ageing/afs022)

McCann, M. , Grundy, E. and O'Reilly, D. (2012) Why is housing tenure associated with a lower risk of admission to a nursing or residential home? Wealth, health and the incentive to keep 'my home'. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 66(2), pp. 166-169. (doi:10.1136/jech-2011-200315)

McCann, M. and Wheeler, S. (2011) Gender diversity in the FTSE 100: the business case claim explored. Journal of Law and Society, 38(4), pp. 542-574. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-6478.2011.00558.x)

McCann, M. , Donnelly, M. and O'Reilly, D. (2011) Living arrangements, relationship to people in the household and admission to care homes for older people. Age and Ageing, 40(3), pp. 358-363. (doi:10.1093/ageing/afr031)

McCann, M. , O'Reilly, D. and Cardwell, C. (2009) A Census-based longitudinal study of variations in survival amongst residents of nursing and residential homes in Northern Ireland. Age and Ageing, 38(6), pp. 711-717. (doi:10.1093/ageing/afp173)

Conference or Workshop Item

Mccann, M. , Broccatelli, C. , Moore, L. and Mitchell, K. (2018) Distribution of Sexual Health Knowledge and Attitudes in Adolescent Social Networks: Social Network Analysis of Data from the STIs and Sexual Health Feasibility Study. Lancet Public Health Science 2018, Belfast, UK, 23 Nov 2018. S60. (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32047-6)

Vanderbloemen, L., Minton, J. , Green, M., Mccann, M. and Shaw, R. (2016) Visualising Age-Period-Cohort Patterns in Health Data Using Lexis Surfaces. 60th Anniversary of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine, York, UK, 14-16 Sep 2016. (Unpublished)

This list was generated on Sun Nov 17 04:17:40 2019 GMT.

Grants

Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.

  • PHASE: The Population HeAlth Simulation nEtwork
    Medical Research Council
    2019 - 2023
     
  • Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network
    Economic and Social Research Council
    2018 - 2022
     
  • An N of 1 study of the psychosocial determinants of `stopping, `switching and `seeking treatment behaviour following MUP implementation
    Alcohol Research UK
    2017 - 2018
     
  • Exploring the teachable moment for alcohol reduction in breast clinics: formative work to inform intervention design, development, and process evaluation 516776101 and MR/P016960/1
    Medical Research Council
    2017 - 2018
     
  • Harmonising alcohol-related outcomes data across the UK & Ireland
    Public Health Agency
    2015 - 2016
     
  • Variation and Determinants of Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) Use: Potential Implications for Policy and Practice
    National Institute for Health Research
    2015 - 2016
     
  • Know your own numbers (KYON): Adding primary prevention to the NHS Breast Screening Programme
    Cancer Research UK
    2014 - 2015
     
  • Scoping study for Deaf BSL User's cancer risks and prevention
    Cancer Research UK
    2014 - 2015
     
  • ESRC-IAA: Developing complex systems methods capacity in NHS Health Scotland
    Economic and Social Research Council
    2014 - 2019
     
  • MRC SPHSU/GU Transfer Fellowships
    Medical Research Council
    2013 - 2021
     

Supervision

    Sebastián Martinez Bustos - Causal Inferential Dynamic Network Analysis for Public Health

    Martin Anderson - Social networks and identity in Scotland's first 'recovery village' for Alcohol or other Drug (AOD) addiction.

    Joe Tay – From the Individual, to the Social, to the Political: Older People Who Use Drugs and Deliberative Democracy

  • Ferguson, Karl
    Methodological Developments in Constructing Casual Diagrams with Counterfactual Analysis of Adolescent Alcohol Harm.

Teaching

Mark teaches on quantitative research methods, and advanced quantitative methods including delivering a National Centre for Research Methods Course on Multilevel Modelling.