Dr Carol Emslie is a Senior Lecturer within the Institute for Applied Health Research / School of Life Sciences and leader of the Substance Use & Misuse research group. Currently, she holds two research grants with the National Institute for Health Research; one project is a multi-centre RCT which explores whether texting innovative messages to men in deprived areas will reduce their binge drinking, while the other is a qualitative study across four cities in the UK exploring barriers and facilitators to immunisation within Gypsy / Traveller Communities. (See links below for further details).
Her current research focuses on gender and alcohol use. Recent projects include a focus group study exploring mid-life drinking among men and women, and a geographical analysis of alcohol-related death rates across Scotland. Her work uses a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods including secondary quantitative and qualitative analysis, the systematic review of qualitative literature and qualitative components of RCTs.
Carol graduated from Glasgow University (First Class Honours, Sociology) and gained her PhD from the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit in 1997. Her quantitative thesis examined the health of men and women within a British Bank in order to explore whether gender differences in minor morbidity persist amongst men and women working in similar jobs. She then worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of General Practice, Glasgow University on a qualitative project which investigated people's perceptions of a family history of heart disease, before returning to a Senior Investigative Scientist post in the Gender & Health programme at the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit. Her work here included examining men's gendered experiences of coronary heart disease, analysing gender differences and similarities in narratives about cancer and depression in healthtalkonline.org (an award winning website about people’s experiences of illnesses) and examining changes in men’s and women's drinking over time in the west of Scotland Twenty-07 Study.
Carol has served on the British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Committee, the SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) expert group on women & alcohol, and the management group for the Men’s Health Forum Scotland. Her work has been selected for virtual special issues of Social Science & Medicine and Sociology of Health & Illness designed to showcase key papers in gender and health.
Recent peer-reviewed journal articles
Lyons A, Emslie C, Hunt K. Staying “in the zone” but not passing the “point of no return”: Embodiment, gender and drinking in midlife. Sociology of Health & Illness: special issue From health behaviours to health practices. in press
Emslie C, Hunt K, Lyons A. The role of alcohol in forging and maintaining friendships amongst Scottish men in mid-life. Health Psychology: special issue on men’s health. 2013, 32, 1, 33-41
Emslie C, Hunt K, Lyons A. Older and wiser? Men’s and women’s accounts of drinking in early mid-life. Sociology of Health & Illness 2012; 34: 481-496.
Batty GD, Bhaskar A, Emslie C, Benzeval M, Der G, Lewar H, Hunt K. Association of life course socioeconomic disadvantage with problem and heavy drinking: gender differentials in the west of Scotland. International Journal of Public Health 2012; 57: 119-126.
Ridge D, Emslie C, White A. Understanding how men experience, express and cope with mental distress: where next? Sociology of Health and Illness 2011; 33:145-59.
Green G, Emslie C, O'Neill D, Hunt K, Walker S. Exploring the ambiguities of masculinity in accounts of emotional distress in the military among young ex-servicemen. Social Science & Medicine 2010; 71:1480-88.
Batty GD, Hunt K, Emslie C, Lewars H, Gale C. Alcohol problems and all-cause mortality in men and women: predictive capacity of a clinical screening tool in a 21 year follow-up of a large, UK-wide, general population-based survey. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2009; 66:317-21.
Batty GD, Lewars H, Emslie C, Gale C, Hunt K. Internationally recognised guidelines for 'sensible' alcohol consumption: is exceeding them actually detrimental to health and social circumstances? Evidence from a population-based cohort study. Journal of Public Health 2009; 31:360-5.
Emslie C, Browne S, MacLeod U, Rozmovits L, Mitchell E, Ziebland S. ‘Getting through’ not ‘going under’: a qualitative study of men’s and women’s experiences of spousal support after diagnosis with colorectal cancer. Social Science & Medicine 2009;68:1169-76.
Emslie C, Lewars H, Batty GD, Hunt K. Are there gender differences in levels of heavy, binge and problem drinking? Evidence from three generations in the west of Scotland. Public Health 2009; 123:12-14.
Emslie C, Mitchell R. Are there gender differences in the geography of alcohol-related mortality in Scotland? An ecological study. BMC Public Health 2009; 9:58.
Hilton S, Emslie C, Hunt K, Chapple A, Ziebland S. Disclosing a cancer diagnosis to friends and family: a gendered analysis of young men and women’s experiences. Qualitative Health Research 2009; 19:744-54.
Emslie C, Hunt K. 'Live to work' or 'work to live'? A qualitative study of gender and work-life balance among men and women in mid-life. Gender, Work and Organization 2009; 16:151-72.
Emslie C, Hunt K. Men, masculinities and heart disease: a systematic review of the qualitative literature. Current Sociology 2009; 57:155-91.
Batty GD, Deary IJ, Schoon I, Emslie C, Hunt K, Gale C. Childhood mental ability and adult alcohol intake and alcohol problems: The 1970 British Cohort study. American Journal of Public Health 2008: 98; 2237-43.
Batty GD, Lewars H, Emslie C, Benzeval M, Hunt K. Problem drinking and exceeding guidelines for 'sensible' alcohol consumption in Scottish men: associations with life course socioeconomic disadvantage in a population-based cohort study. BMC Public Health 2008; 8:302.
Emslie C, Hunt K. The weaker sex? Exploring lay understandings of gender differences in life expectancy: a qualitative study. Social Science & Medicine 2008; 67:808-16.
Hilton S, Hunt K, Emslie C, Salinas M, Ziebland S. Have men been overlooked? A comparison of young men and women's experiences of chemotherapy-induced alopecia. Psycho-Oncology 2008; 17:577-83.
Emslie C, Ridge D, Ziebland S, Hunt K. Exploring men's and women's experiences of depression and engagement with health professionals: more similarities than differences? A qualitative interview study. BMC Family Practice 2007; 8:43.
Emslie C, Whyte F, Campbell A, Mutrie N, Lee L, Ritchie D, Kearney N. "I wouldn't have been interested in just sitting round a table talking about cancer"; exploring the experiences of women with breast cancer in a group exercise trial. Health Education Research: Theory and Practice 2007; 22:827-838.
Hunt K, Lewars H, Emslie C, Batty GD. Decreased risk of death from coronary heart disease amongst men with higher 'femininity' scores: a general population cohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology 2007; 36:612-620.
Mutrie N, Campbell A, Whyte F, McConnachie A, Emslie C, Lee L, Kearney N, Walker A, Ritchie D. Benefits of supervised group exercise programme for women being treated for early stage breast cancer: pragmatic randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal 2007;334:517-520.
Emslie C, Ridge D, Ziebland S, Hunt K. Men's accounts of depression: Reconstructing or resisting hegemonic masculinity? Social Science and Medicine 2006; 62:2246-2257.
Recent book chapters & reports
Emslie, C. (in press) . Life expectancy and gender. In The Wiley –Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society
Ellaway A, Emslie C, (2013) Connecting gender, space and place: are there gender differences in the relationships between the social environment and health-related behaviours? In: Stock C, Ellaway A,(co-editors) Neighbourhood structure and health promotion. Springer
Cummings J., Emslie C., & McAdam C. (2011). Final report. The experience of implementing a walking intervention in a primary care setting: a thematic analysis of the research team’s perspective. Glasgow: MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit and University of Strathclyde.
Emslie C, Hunt K. Genetic Susceptibility. In: Clarke A, Ticehurst F, editors. Living with the genome. Ethical & social aspects of human genetics. Houndsmill, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006:102-07.
Media coverage. Research on mid-life drinking (2011) and alcohol-related deaths in Scotland (2009) received widespread publicity through print and news media. This coverage led to a discussion about alcohol policy in Scotland with Ann McKechin MP.
Women & alcohol expert group (2009). Worked with colleagues in drug & alcohol training, local government and Alcohol Focus Scotland to contribute to the evidence base.
Men’s Health Forum Scotland (MHFS) and Men’s Health Forum England & Wales (2006-2009) Member of the Operational Management Group for MHFS and helped to organize the bi-annual conference. Carol Emslie’s work also featured in the Men’s Health Forum policy document “Mind your head: men, boys and mental well-being”.
Guidance for NHS Scotland on the Gender Equality Duty (2007). The NHS has an explicit responsibility to work toward more equitable use of services by men and women and the reduction of gender health inequalities. Carol Emslie’s work on gender and heart disease was included as an example of gender-sensitive research in guidance to NHS Scotland staff on how to implement the Duty.