University of Glasgow

Project title: 
Enhancing mental health cohorts through linkage to health, education and administrative datasets.


Researchers in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing have been awarded £1m from the MRC Data Pathfinder Fund to enhance mental health data cohorts through linkage to health, education and administrative datasets.

These researchers will deliver an ambitious data pathfinder project as a first step towards a UK-wide Mental Health Platform.

Led by Professor Daniel Smith, Professor of Psychiatry in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, the project will investigate the overlap between mental and physical health problems and will develop a programme of schools-based mental health research in Scotland.


Professor Smith commented:
“We are delighted with this MRC Data Pathfinder Award for Mental Health. It builds on the excellent infrastructure for data science research and data linkage capacity in Glasgow, and is a vote of confidence for our psychiatric research programme.”


Read more on their project website


Structure of Glasgow Pathfinder Project

A flow chart of the Glasgow Pathfinder Project.

[The University of Glasgow Mental Health Data Pathfinder Project is split into 2 sections: 

  1. Primary and Secondary data linkage
  2. Mental health eCohorts. 

Part 1 is split into 

  • A mental health cohort - Project 1, Psychosis Cohort
  • A general population cohort - Project 2, Schools Health Research Network in Scotland

Part 2 is also split into 2 projects: 

  • Project 3: Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Project 4: Scotland-wide mental health disorders]


Our People

Name Role
Dr Judith Brown Project Manager(Mental Health & Wellbeing)
Professor Sally-Ann Cooper Professor of Learning Disabilities
Dr Fiona Cox Research Fellow
Ms Dorothy Currie Senior Statistician St Andrews University
Dr Michael Fleming UKRI Innovation / Rutherford Fund Fellowship at HDR-UK(Public Health)
Mrs Dawn Haughton SHINE Manager,
Dr Marion Henderson Senior Investigator Scientist,
Dr Joanna Inchley Senior Research Fellow
Dr Deborah Kinnear Research Fellow (mental health and wellbeing)
Dr Laura Lyall Research Associate,
Dr Judith Mabelis Research Fellow
Professor Colin McCowan Professor of Health Informatics
Professor Laurence Moore Director of the MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit
Dr Robert Pearsall Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer,
Professor Jill Pell Director of Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Dr Richard Shaw Research Associate
Professor Daniel Smith Professor of Psychiatry
Gillian Smith Research Assistant,
Dr Rona Strawbridge UKRI Innovation / Rutherford Fund Fellowship at HDR-UK (Mental Health & Wellbeing)
Dr Helen Sweeting Reader