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Biography Dr Nadine Dougall is Professor of Mental Health & Data Science, Head of Health & Social Care Sciences and Lead for Early Career Researchers within the School of Health & Social Care.

Nadine is Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Policing & Public Health (SCLEPH). SCLEPH is an international academic and practice collaboration with external stakeholders of Police Scotland, Mental Health Foundation Scotland, the Global Law Enforcement & Public Health Association (GLEPHA), and the Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health (CLEPH, Melbourne, Australia), amongst others. SCLEPH has its academic base within the School of Health & Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University and strong links with the Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR).

Nadine sits on the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of The Scottish Government’s Health Improvement, Protection & Services (HIPS) Research Committee funding panel. She is highly experienced in complex interventions in health sciences having lead, designed and collaborated in numerous CSO, NIHR and Irish HRB-funded health research studies.

Nadine’s research interests are focussed around suicide, vulnerability and agency response to suicidal behaviour and mental health distress, and she has presented her findings to UK Government’s All Party Parliamentary Group. She sits on the Academic Advisory Boards to the Scottish Government’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) and UK’s National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH). Nadine’s research exploits population-linked data in advancing knowledge in public mental health, vulnerability and suicide through the investigation of outcomes for people, services and care pathways. She has led or collaborated in several funded studies of suicide, mental health, anti-depressant prescribing, policing vulnerability, mental health distress and pre-hospital psychiatric emergencies. Her current CSO-funded research has summarised health records along the life span of people who later died by suicide, with a particular focus on childhood adversity and its relationship with mental health and suicidal behaviour.

Nadine was on the Organising and Programme committees for the 5th Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Conference and Conference chair of the National Summit on Mental Health, Distress and Emergency Departments, both hosted by Edinburgh Napier University and supported by the Health & Justice Collaboration Board of The Scottish Government and GLEPHA ( She is on the programme committee of the ‘4 Nations UK Public Health Approaches to Policing and Violence' Conference February 2021 and the subsequent webinar series.

Chartered Statistician (CStat) & Fellow of Royal Statistical Society
Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Fellow of Royal Society for Public Health UK (FRSPH)
Member of Global Law Enforcement & Public Health Association (GLEPHA)
Member of IHDLN – International Health Data Linkage Network.
Member of IIMHL – International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership.
Member of Centre for Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE)
Research Interests Suicide; self-harm; childhood adversity; mental health; health sciences; vulnerability; public health approaches to policing.