Dr. Malinda A J Irvine

Senior Research Fellow/Trials Manager


The Mackenzie Building
Kirsty Semple Way

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Linda Irvine is a Senior Research Fellow and Trials Manager. She has worked in Public Health at the University of Dundee since 1997.  Linda’s first degree is in nursing. Her PhD, awarded in 2000, was based on a randomised controlled trial of a smoking cessation intervention for parents of children with asthma. 

Research areas that Linda has worked on include: childhood asthma; physical activity among older people; the diet of disadvantaged young children; and prescribing during pregnancy.  She has also undertaken analysis of public health policy, including in depth reviews of policy on obesity, mental health, alcohol and inequalities in health.  In addition, she has conducted reviews of systematic reviews on public health nursing, workplace health promotion and the care of older people.   She is co-author of a WHO commissioned book on inequalities in health.


Linda’s current research interest is in the prevention of alcohol related harm.  Tackling alcohol related problems is currently one of the greatest public health challenges. The long term aim is to develop and test novel interventions and novel methods of delivering the interventions to achieve healthier lifestyles, to improve health and reduce inequalities in health.  This involves designing new interventions to reach large numbers of the population at low cost.


  • Crombie IK, Irvine L, Williams B, Sniehotta FF, Petrie D, Evans JM, Emslie C, Jones C, Ricketts IW, Humphris G (2014) A mobile phone intervention to reduce binge drinking among disadvantaged men: study protocol for a randomised controlled cost-effectiveness trial. Trials 2014;15:494.
  • Crombie IK, Falconer DW, Irvine L, Williams B, Ricketts IW, Humphris G, Norrie J, Rice P, Slane PW. Reducing alcohol-related harm in disadvantaged men: development and feasibility assessment of a brief intervention delivered by mobile telephone. Public Health Res 2013;1(3).
  • Crombie IK, Falconer DW, Irvine L, Norrie J, Williams B, Slane P. Risky single occasion drinking and disadvantaged men: will recruitment through primary care miss hazardous drinkers? Alcoholism: Clinical Experimental Research 2013 Sep;37(9):1577-81.
  • Irvine L, Falconer DW, Jones C, Ricketts IW, Williams B, Crombie IK. Can text messages reach the parts other process measures cannot reach: an evaluation of a behavior change intervention delivered by mobile phone? PLoS ONE 2012;7(12):e52621.
  • Swanson V, Power, K, Crombie IK, Irvine L, Kiezebrink K, Wrieden WL, Slane PW. Maternal feeding behaviour and young children’s dietary quality: A cross-sectional study of socially disadvantaged mothers of two-year old children using the Theory of Planned Behaviour. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011, 8:65
  • Irvine L, Flynn R, Libby G, Crombie IK, Evans JMM. Drugs dispensed in primary care during pregnancy: a record-linkage analysis in Tayside, Scotland. Drug Saf 2010; 33: 593-604.
  • Kiezebrink K, Crombie IK, Irvine L, Swanson V, Power K, Wrieden WL, Slane PW. Strategies for achieving a high response rate in a home interview survey. BMC Med Res Methodol 2009 9:46.
  • Crombie IK, Kiezebrink K, Irvine L, Wrieden WL, Swanson V, Power K, Slane PW. What maternal factors influence the diet of 2-year-old children living in deprived areas? A cross-sectional survey. Public Health Nutrition 2009; 12: 1254-1260. Crombie IK, Irvine L, Elliott L, Wallace H. Targets to tackle the obesity epidemic: a review of twelve developed countries. Public Health Nutrition 2008; 12: 406-413.
  • Crombie IK, Irvine L, Elliott L, Wallace H. 'Carers' of people with mental health problems: proposals in current public mental health policy in nine countries. J Public Health Policy 2007; 28: 465-81
  • Crombie IK, Irvine L, Elliott L, Wallace H. How do public health policies tackle alcohol: a review of 12 developed countries. Alcohol Alcohol 2007; 42: 492-9
  • Williams B, Irvine L, McGinnis AR, McMurdo MET, Crombie IK. When no might not quite mean no; the importance of informed and meaningful non-consent: results from a survey of individuals refusing participation in a health-related research project. BMC Health Services Research 2007; 7: 59.
  • Irvine L, Crombie IK, Elliott L, Wallace H. A review of major influences on current public health policy in developed countries in the second half of the 20th century. J R Soc Health, 2006; 126: 73-78.
  • Crombie IK, Irvine L, Williams B, McGinnis AR, Slane PW, Alder EM, McMurdo MET. Why older people do not participate in leisure time physical activity: a survey of activity levels, beliefs and deterrents. Age and Ageing 2004; 33: 287-292
  • Walls M, Wright A, Irvine L, Dalzell J, Hume R, Fowlie P. Home phototherapy: A feasible, safe and acceptable practice. Journal of Neonatal Nursing 2004; 10: 92-94
  • Elliott L, Crombie IK, Irvine L, Cantrell J, Taylor J. The effectiveness of public health nursing: the problems and solutions in carrying out a review of systematic reviews. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2004; 45: 117-125
  • Alexander V, Ogston S, Booker C, Irvine L, Mukhopadhyay S. Using practical outcomes to measure clinical performance in the children's asthma clinic. Clinical Governance: An International Journal 2003; 8: 308-311
  • Irvine L, Crombie IK, Alder EM, Neville RG, Clark RA. What predicts poor collection of medication among children with asthma? A case-control study. European Respiratory Journal 2002; 20: 1464-1469
  • Crombie IK, Wright, A, Irvine L, Clark RA, Slane PW. Does passive smoking increase the frequency of health service contacts for asthma? Thorax 2001; 56: 9-12
  • Irvine L, Crombie IK, Clark RA, Slane PW, Feyerabend C, Goodman KE, Cater JI. Advising parents of asthmatic children on passive smoking: randomised controlled trial. BMJ 1999; 318: 1456-1459
  • Wilson AC, Forsyth JS, Greene SA, Irvine L, Hau C, Howie PW. Relationship of infant diet to childhood health: seven year follow up of cohort of children in Dundee infant feeding study. BMJ 1998; 316: 21-25
  • Irvine L, Crombie IK, Clark RA, Slane PW, Goodman KE, Feyerabend C, Cater JI. What determines levels of passive smoking in children with asthma? Thorax 1997; 52: 766-769


Introduction to Systematic Reviews Module

Dr Irvine leads a module on systematic reviews, which is part the Master of Public Health programme.  

PhD Supervision

Dr Abdullah Alshehri  (2014) Co-supervisor with Professor Iain Crombie.

PhD title: Assessment of diabetes care in Saudi Arabia: by analysis of routine healthcare data, patient case notes and interviews with key stakeholders.


UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, Nottingham, December 2014

Title: It’s all about having fun: designing a novel group alcohol intervention for young women who binge drink

UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, Oxford, December 2013

Title: Getting the message?  Novel methods for process evaluation of a behaviour change intervention delivered by mobile phone