Staff Member Biography
Mathew Smithposition: Research Assistant
phone: 0141 353 7602
University of Glasgow,
200, Renfield Street
Biography and Interests
Matt obtained an Honours Degree in Sociology from the University of Glasgow in 2006. He then went on to complete a Master of Public Health Degree also at the University of Glasgow in 2011, completing with Merit. Matt joined the SPHSU Sexual Health programme in October 2011 as a PhD Student and carried out researches on the health service engagement experiences of Africans living in Scotland. The aim of this research was to explore the heterogeneity of the population of first generation African migrants in Scotland in order to understand how to improve their engagement with health services, particularly HIV testing. Matt was supervised by Lisa McDaid and Daniel Wight. His thesis was submitted in November 2015, and he is now due to have his Viva on the 4th of March 2016.
Since submitting Matt has been working on a project at the SPHSU which is evaluating an ongoing health intervention, the Link Workers Project Pilot. He has been interviewing link workers, who act as support workers in health clinics to generate better relationships between primary care, statutory social services and community based organisations. Matt has also been interviewing community partners that have been collaborating with link workers. This project is due to finish in March 2015. His line manager is Kathryn Skivington.