Stephanie is a lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Previously she was an occupational therapist in the mental health field, working in rehabilitation, forensic and acute admission services. Stephanie’s specific areas of interest are in the wider complex and inter-related issues of culture and health in populations and how these issues influence participation everyday life and health.
She feels that addressing these complex influences should be part of a more integrative and evidenced-based approach to drug services and within the Criminal Justice system in Scotland. She also feels that the importance of developing a more evidenced based approach to addiction and recovery in Scotland is also essential to ensure equity of services throughout Scotland.
In 2009 Stephanie was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the prevalence of addiction and homelessness in war veterans in the USA and Canada. As part of this study, she visited a number of drug treatment programmes and recovery communities in the USA.