Annie is an established social researcher with over 18 years of experience in applied qualitative research. She is currently engaged in two projects: Enhancing the quality of psychological interventions delivered by telephone (EQUITy), based in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science; and Mental Health in Small Businesses, based in the York Management School.
EQUITy is a five-year programme of research funded by NIHR, which aims to improve the way that psychological interventions are delivered over the telephone. The method of Conversation Analysis is being used to explore the interaction between patients and practitioners in telephone-mediated therapy sessions.
Mental Health in Small Businesses is backed by the internal University Priming Fund and is exploring the first-hand experiences of small business owner-managers who have supported a member of staff through a period of mental ill health. This ground-breaking project is the first UK study to look in depth at the impact of employee mental health problems in small businesses.
Prior to her current posts, Annie spent 12 years as a Research Fellow in the University of York’s Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU), where she contributed to over 20 commissioned research projects for funders including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department of Health, the Department for Education, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and organisations within the private and voluntary sectors. Her research over this time focused on ill health, disability and employment in the context of UK social security policy.
Annie has a particular interest in mental health as it relates to employment, job retention and return to work. In 2015 she was awarded a PhD by Publication, drawing on her research on the complexities of managing common mental health problems in the workplace.
2019-present - Research Associate, The York Management School, University of York
2018-present - Research Associate, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York
2005-2017 - Research Fellow, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York
2002-2005 - Research Officer, National Foundation for Educational Research
2001-2002 - Research Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York
2015 - PhD in Social Policy and Social Work, University of York: 'Managing Mental Health and Employment: Context, Concepts and Complexity'
2008 - MSc (with Distinction) in Social Research Methods, Open University
2001 - BA Hons (First Class) in Linguistics and Educational Studies, University of York
ESRC Peer Review College