Previously I studied at the University of St Andrews where I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physiology. During my undergraduate years I developed an interest in public health, which motivated me to complete an MSc in Public Health Research at the University of Edinburgh. My dissertation comprised a systematic review on the definition, evidence for and mechanisms underlying suicide clusters, supervised by Professor Steve Platt. After graduating, I went on to work for ISD Scotland based within NHS Lothian’s Health Intelligence Unit. Presently I am undertaking a PhD based at the University of Glasgow Centre for Population Health Sciences, under the supervision of Professors Richard Mitchell and Jill Pell. I am interested in the acquisition of risk and resilience throughout the life course and hope to use data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) to investigate factors which foster resilience in ageing populations.