From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Susan Martin

position: PhD Student

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7604


MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Susan graduated with a MA(Hons) in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Glasgow in 2008 and then went on to complete an MRes in Sociology and Research Methods, also at the University of Glasgow, graduating with distinction. Joining the SPHSU in 2011, Susan worked as a Research Assistant within the Evaluating the Effects of Health Interventions team and then joined the Sexual Health Programme in September 2012, working on a project exploring UK newsprint media reporting of sexual health and blood borne viruses (BBV). She also worked at the unit as a fieldworker on GoEast and Football Fans in Training (FFIT).

Susan began a PhD studentship in September 2013, within the Social Relationships and Health Improvement programme, and the Improving Healthy Public Policy programme. Her research interests include health literacy and sexual health literacy, particularly in an online context and her PhD is using qualitative methods to explore how young people from a range of backgrounds seek, understand and assess online sexual health information.

Susan is supervised by Dr. Lisa McDaid, Dr Shona Hilton and Professor Paul Flowers.



Lorimer K, Martin S, McDaid LM. The views of general practitioners and practice nurses towards the barriers and facilitators of proactive, Internet-based Chlamydia screening for reaching young heterosexual men. BMC Family Practice 2014;15:127

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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

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Martin S, Hilton S, McDaid LM. United Kingdom newsprint media reporting on sexual health and blood-borne viruses in 2010. Sexual Health 2013;10:546-552

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