I have a background in medicine (MBChB, University of Auckland), specialising in Endocrinology, and am a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) as well as the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Since my PhD studies at The University of Sydney, I have had an active research and teaching interest in the role of the insulin-like growth factor binding proteins in growth and metabolism, in health and disease. Postdoctoral work was supported by a career development award from the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (International) and an RD Wright Research Fellowship from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.
I worked in clinical practice as a Consultant Physician, and Head of Diagnostic Endocrinology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and then moved to Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, first as a Visiting Professor (Wennergren Foundation) and then as a Senior Researcher and docent (Associate Professor) in Endocrinology. During that time my interests in the scholarship of learning and teaching, research-teaching linkages and interprofessional learning emerged. These interests deepened within the context of a Masters in Medical Education (University of Dundee) and prompted me to move to an environment in which I could develop and champion an integrated approach to academic practice.
In 2009 I joined the University of the West of Scotland as a Senior Lecturer Supporting Innovation in Learning and Teaching, and was awarded a Personal Professorship 2010. I am an active researcher with an interdisciplinary approach. A lifelong learner, I recently completed a Master of Arts in Philosophy (Open University) and am now enrolled in the doctoral programme in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews.
I am a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.