Before moving into teaching in 2008, Phil was a researcher for 20 years and was involved with a number of funded projects investigating primarily the non-medical use of substances such as cocaine/crack, MDMA, Ketamine, cannabis and heroin, among others. He has authored or co-authored a number of peer reviewed publications on the subject.
Phil is currently the Chair of the Ethics Committee for PSWAHS. Externally, he is a member of The Scottish Drug Policy Conversation (SDPA) steering and advisory committee, and an associate member of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD). He is External Examiner on postgraduate Drug & Alcohol courses at the University of the West of Scotland and the University of Limerick.
Enquiries from students regarding final year or Masters Dissertations in the area of substance use and impact on mental wellbeing are particularly welcome.