Campbell Robertson

Campbell Robertson


I graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Science at Edinburgh Napier University in 2020 and I have recently finished a Masters of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Edinburgh.

Since my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science, I have taken a further interest in epidemiology, particularly infectious diseases and how they impact on the health of a population. I focused on a more clinical approach during my undergraduate degree and I conducted my fourth-year dissertation on the respiratory disease Tuberculosis (TB). Specifically, I looked at how gene expression changes during TB infection, using inflamed lung cells as a model. This gave me experience in using laboratory techniques such as PCR, which is considered a gold standard diagnostic technique in molecular biology.

My masters degree introduced be to the broader determinants of health and enabled me to study diseases from a public health perspective. I undertook a systematic review for my masters thesis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental well-being within adults in the UK. This has allowed me to understand key concepts related to mental health and highlighted the importance of monitoring mental health within a population.

Campbell Robertson

PhD title: Real time monitoring severe mental health issues during emergencies

This PhD project aims to look at the mental health effects of emergencies and disasters (e.g. flooding and other environmental hazards) in the UK. The project will be undertaken in conjunction with Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Real-time data could be crucial for providing timely and proactive support to affected populations. However, our current ability to monitor mental health issues during these emergencies is limited. This project will use data from PHE to develop new indicators to monitor the mental health of the population within real time.  Furthermore, this project will explore how mental health indicators differ by socioeconomic group and geography following these emergencies.

During this PhD I will collaborate with PHE to explore how information on mental health can be extracted and interpreted. This will include the analysis of large datasets using statistical and machine learning techniques. I will also gain skills in epidemiological methods as well as cooperate with PHE disease experts and public health practitioners.


  • Studentship funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)