I have been teaching at the University of Glasgow since 2009 across a range of undergradute and postgraduate programmes within the School of Education. I currently teach on courses for MSc in Educational Studies, MEduc programmes and BA Community Development.
I worked for STRADA (Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol) until its closure in 2016, lecturing on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Drug and Alcohol Studies. I developed and delivered courses for Initial Teacher Educators on Children Affected by Parental Substance Use. I have also worked as a trainer, specialising in interagency workshops the impacts of parental substance use, and designed and delivered training on intersecting issues such as pregnancy and substance use, domestic abuse and sexual abuse.
I have significant experience of practice as a counsellor and outreach worker supporting drug users and their families. I have worked in a range of projects developing and delivering services for drug users and their families. My last post before joining the University was a new project offering supportive assertive outreach to pregnant drug users and their children.
I am currently completing my PhD study which is exploring the role of school as a 'safe haven' or 'nightmare' for children and young people and their drug using mothers / caregivers.