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

Mark McCann

position: Research Fellow

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7500 (Switchboard)


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

Biography and Interests

I started my MRC/University funded research fellowship in the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in the summer of 2014. My fellowship project focuses on presenting complex information in a way that makes it easier to use; for example, when designing new health policies or interventions. In particular, I’m interested in how Directed Acyclic Graphs can be used  for visual representation and to inform data analysis.

I’m particularly interested in quantitative research methods, and mental health, alcohol & drug use. I recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Glasgow. My current research projects include a study to understanding how social networks influence health behaviours in young people, a NIHR-funded project looking at the reasons people use ‘legal highs’, a systematic review of interventions for children of problem drinkers, and evaluating how a Minimum Unit Price for alcohol affects population levels of alcohol related harm.

Before joining the Unit, I studied Psychology (BSc), Social research methods (MRes), and Epidemiology (PhD) at Queen’s University Belfast. My Masters and PhD projects linked administrative datasets – the 2001 Census, health records, death records and health care inspectorate records – to study mortality rates, and determinants of admission to care homes for older people.

After my PhD, I worked as the Statistician for the Institute of Child Care Research in Queen’s University Belfast. Here I worked on the Belfast Youth Development Study [] , on projects funded by Alcohol Research UK looking at how parental-adolescent relationships affect alcohol use, community gardening services for people with alcohol problems in Northern Ireland, and studies funded by the ESRC using administrative data to study mental health after bereavement, and developing a smartphone app to collect social network information.

When I’m not doing research, I enjoy Motorbiking, home brewing (more alcohol research), playing Guitar (and Bouzouki, and Banjolin) and wild swimming.



Maguire A, Moriarty J, O'Reilly D, McCann M. Education as a predictor of antidepressant and anxiolytic medication use after bereavement: a population-based record linkage study. Quality of Life Research 2017;26:1251–1262

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Maguire L, Niens U, McCann M, Connolly P. Emotional development among early school-age children: gender differences in the role of problem behaviours. Educational Psychology 2016;36:1408-1428

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McCann M, Perra O, McLaughlin A, McCartan C K, Higgins. Assessing elements of a family approach to reduce adolescent drinking frequency: parent-adolescent relationship, knowledge management, and keeping secrets. Addiction 2016;111:843-53

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Hintsa T, Kouvonen A, McCann M, Jokela M, Elovainio M, Demakakos P. Higher effort–reward imbalance and lower job control predict exit from the labour market at the age of 61 years or younger: evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2015;69:543-9

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Moriarty J, Maguire A, O’Reilly D, McCann M. Bereavement after informal care-giving: assessing mental health burden using linked population data. American Journal of Public Health 2015;105:1630-1637



McCann M, Grundy E, O’Reilly D. Urban and rural differences in risk of admission to a care home: a census-based follow-up study. Journal of Health and Place 2014;30:171-176

McCann M, Higgins K, Perra O, McCartan C, McLaughlin A. Adolescent ecstasy use and depression: cause and effect, or two outcomes of home environment?. European Journal of Public Health 2014;24:845-850

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McCann M, Donnelly M, O'Reilly D. Gender differences in care home admission risk: partner's age explains the higher risk for women. Age and Ageing 2012;41:416-9

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McCann M, Grundy E, O'Reilly D. Why is housing tenure associated with a lower risk of admission to a nursing or residential home? Wealth, health and the incentive to keep 'my home'. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2012;66:166-169

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McCann M, Donnelly M, O'Reilly D. Living arrangements, relationship to people in the household and admission to care homes for older people. Age and Ageing 2011;40 :358-363

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McCann M, Wheeler S. Gender diversity in the FTSE 100: the business case claim explored. Journal of Law and Society 2011;38:542-74

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McCann M, O’Reilly D, Cardwell C. A Census-based longitudinal study of variations in survival amongst residents of nursing and residential homes in Northern Ireland . Age and Ageing 2009;38:711-717

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