From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Mary-Kate Hannah

Mary-Kate Hannahposition: Data Scientist

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7563


MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Mary-Kate Hannah (nee McCluskey) graduated in 1988 with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Strathclyde. She then went on to obtain an MSc by research in Mathematical Biology from the University of Dundee (1992). From 1994 until 1999 she worked as a data analyst and programmer for the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee where she was involved with the Scottish Heart Health Study and the World Health Organisation MONICA Project. During that time she obtained a diploma in Epidemiology from the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.

In 1999 Mary-Kate joined the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit as a data analyst for the Twenty-07 Study and has worked on a variety of analyses with researchers both within and outside the Unit on topics including physical activity, Secretory Immunoglobulin A and the BEM sex-role inventory.  Since 2011 she has been data scientist for the Twenty-07 Study, developing and managing the  research data collected over 20 years and supporting its use by internal and external researchers. She also undertakes statistical analyses on the Twenty-07 data in collaboration with researchers: in recent years she has published work on depression and mortality  and is currently working on physical activity over the lifecourse.



Green MJ, Espie CA, Popham F, Robertson T, Benzeval M. Insomnia symptoms as a cause of type 2 diabetes incidence: a 20 year cohort study. BMC Psychiatry 2017;17:94

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Hannah MK, Batty GD, Benzeval M. Common mental disorders and mortality in the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study: comparing the General Health Questionnaire and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2013;67:558-563

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Mutrie N, Hannah MK. The importance of both setting and intensity of physical activity in relation to non-clinical anxiety and depression. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education 2007;45:24-32


Berger U, Der G, Mutrie N, Hannah MK. The impact of retirement on physical activity. Ageing and Society 2005;25:181-195


Hunt K, Hannah MK, West P. Contextualizing smoking: masculinity, femininity and class differences in smoking in men and women from three generations in the West of Scotland. Health Education Research 2004;19:239-249.

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Mutrie N, Hannah MK. Some work hard while others play hard: the achievement of current recommendations for physical activity levels at work, at home, and in leisure time in the West of Scotland. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education 2004;42:109-117


Berger U, Mutrie N, Hannah MK, Der G. A longitudinal analysis of physical activity patterns of adults within their early 60's. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional paper no. 11, Glasgow, 2002

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Chen R, Tunstall-Pedoe H, Bolton-Smith C, Hannah MK, Morrison C. Association of dietary antioxidants and waist circumference with pulmonary function and airway obstruction. American Journal of Epidemiology 2001;153:157-163

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Hannah MK, Mutrie N. Physical activity in the third wave of the Twenty-07 Study. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Working Paper no. 5, Glasgow, 2000

Wrieden W L, Hannah MK, Bolton-Smith C, Tavendale R, Morrison C, Tunstall-Pedoe H. Plasma vitamin C and food choice in the third Glasgow MONICA population survey. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2000;54:355-360

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