Short CV/Education and training

  • 1992 – 1996
    BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies

  • 1997 – 1998
    MPhil Social Science Research

  • 1999 – 2000
    Research Assistant, University of Glasgow

  • 2000 – 2004
    Research Assistant, Medical Research Council

  • 2004 – 2010
    Senior Investigator Scientist, Medical Research Council

  • 2010 – 2012
    Programme Leader Track Scientist, Medical Research Council

  • 2012 – 2015
    Programme Leader, Sexual Health, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

  • Since 2015
    Associate Director, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh

  • Since 2015
    Programme Leader, Social Relationships & Health Improvement, Unit lead, Public Engagement, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

Selected publications

  • Boydell N, Hilton S, McDaid LM. Understandings of participation in behavioural research: A qualitative study of gay and bisexual men in Scotland. PLoS One 2015:10(8): e0135001.

  • Wellings K, Brima N, Sadler K, Copas A, McDaid L, Mercer C, McManus S, Stephenson J, Glasier A. Stopping and switching contraceptive methods: findings from Contessa, a prospective longitudinal study of women of reproductive age in England. Contraception 2015 2015;91:57-66 .

  • Young I, Flowers P, McDaid LM. Barriers to uptake and use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) amongst communities most affected by HIV in the UK: findings from a qualitative study in Scotland. BMJ Open 2014;4:e005717.

  • Martin S, McDaid LM, Hilton S. Double standards in reporting of risk and responsibility for sexual health: a qualitative content analysis of negatively toned UK newsprint articles. BMC Public Health 2014:14:792.

  • Purcell C, Cameron S, Caird L, Flett G, Laird G, Melville C, McDaid LM. Access to and experience of later abortion: accounts from women in Scotland. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014;46:101-108.

  • Wallace L, Li J, McDaid LM. HIV prevalence and undiagnosed infection among a community sample of gay and bisexual men in Scotland, 2005-2011: Implications for HIV testing policy and prevention. PLoS One 2014;9:90805.

  • McDaid LM, Li J, Knussen C, Flowers P. Sexually transmitted infection testing and self-reported diagnoses among a community sample of men who have sex with men in Scotland. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2013; 89:223-230.

  • Lorimer K, McDaid LM. Young men's views towards Internet-based Chlamydia trachomatis screening: a formative, qualitative study for intervention development. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2013;15(12):e265.

  • Flowers P, Knussen C, McDaid LM. Exposure, reach and impact of a mass media campaign targeting sexual health amongst Scottish men who have sex with men: an outcome evaluation. BMC Public Health 2013;13:737.

  • McDaid LM, Hart GJ. Sexual risk behaviour for transmission of HIV in men who have sex with men: recent findings and potential interventions. Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS 2010; 5:311-315.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Social Relationships and Health Improvement Programme, MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, https://www.sphsu.mrc.ac.uk/programmes/relationships.html

  • Understanding repeat termination of pregnancy among women in Scotland: an exploratory research study, Scottish Government funded

  • Feasibility and acceptability of home sampling kits to increase the uptake of HIV testing among black Africans in the United Kingdom: The Haus study, NIHR HTA funded

  • The clinical effectiveness of behaviour change interventions to reduce risky sexual behaviour after a negative HIV test in men who have sex with men (MSM): a systematic review, NIHR HTA funded

  • Increasing boys' and girls' intention to avoid teenage pregnancy: feasibility trial of an interactive video drama based intervention in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland, NIHR PHR funded

  • Health literacy, HIV risk and men who have sex with men: Building a program of research through national and international collaborations, Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded

  • Men, masculinities, deprivation and sexual health: a qualitative study, Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office funded

  • Understanding late termination of pregnancy among women in Scotland: an exploratory research study, Scottish Government funded

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Scottish Government National Sexual Health & Blood Borne Viruses Ministerial Advisory Committee

  • British Association of Sexual Health & HIV Men who have sex with men Special Interest Group

  • Sexual Health Journal – Joint Editorial Board

  • BMC Public Health – Associate Editor

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