Dr MacGillivray has expertise in conducting evidence syntheses: both quantitative (Meta-analysis [MA]) and qualitative (Meta-synthesis [MS]) and is particularly interested in developing novel methodologies which allow the synthesis of MA with MS.
Dr MacGililvray has a background in mental health and psychology, and a specific history of investigating the treatment and management of depressive disorders and schizophrenia. He is interested in the ways in which people manage their illness as well as in establishing the effectiveness of pharmacological (e.g. antidepressants) and psychological interventions (e.g Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy).
A further research focus is on the role of physical activity (exercise) and obesity where he seeks to progress an understanding of how people can be helped to maintain adequate levels of physical activity generally, and in developing an evidence base for the management of iatrogenic obesity in people with schizophrenia receiving anti-psychotic medication specifically.
Possible PhD topics:
- Development of novel methods for the synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data: The treatment of depressive disorders as an exemplar.
- Development of novel methods for the synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data: The treatment of severe and enduring mental illness as an exemplar.
- Development of novel methods for the synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data: Maintenance of physical activity as an exemplar.
- The effectiveness of pharmacological and psychological interventions for the treatment of co-morbid depressive disorders and physical conditions.
- Development of non-pharmacological interventions for the management of iatrogenic obesity in people receiving atypical antipsychotic medication.
- The effectiveness of interventions for the treatment of depressive disorders in pre-natal women.