Dr Susan Kerr has a background in public health nursing/health visiting. On completion of a Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Research Training Fellowship in the mid 1990s, she was employed at the University of Glasgow to develop/lead a programme of research on stress and coping in informal carers. Susan joined Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) as a Research Fellow in 2001, completing her PhD in 2004. Her doctoral research explored parental coping and adaptation following the birth of a child with a congenital anomaly. Susan is currently a Reader in Public Health in the Institute for Applied Health Research, School of Health and Life Sciences at GCU.