Professor of Health Informatics
- Health informatics and applications of artificial intelligence and data mining
- Health information needs and information behaviours of patients, families, carers and the general public
- Analysing health information in relation to health and well being
I have been interested in information science and health informatics for 23 years. My interest in these areas developed at the end of my first degree in Applied Biology, when I came to Sheffield to study for my MSc in Information Studies in the then Department of Information Studies. At the end of the MSc, I studied for my PhD in chemical structure handling under the supervision of Professor Peter Willett and Dr. Frank Allen (Cambridge). I was appointed Research Fellow (1994-1996), then Lecturer (1996-2000), in Information Science in the Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing (SISA) at the University of Sheffield, which had been set up by Professor Ian Philp in 1994. I re-joined the Department of Information Studies in 2000, when I was appointed Lecturer in Health Informatics to set up the new MSc in Health Informatics programme and became Head of the Health Informatics Research Group. I was appointed Professor of Health Informatics in the Information School in 2013.