Dr Isobel Cameron

Dr Isobel Cameron
Dr Isobel Cameron

Dr Isobel Cameron

MA (Hons) Psychology, PhD, PG Dip Applied Psychometrics, PG Cert Medical Education, AFHEA

Senior Lecturer


External Memberships

ASME Education Research Committee - committee member


Research Overview

Psychometric examination of healthcare assessments

Fairness in assessment

Healthcare education

Current Research

1) Investigating associations of post-graduate examination performance with socio-demographic characteristics, performance at medical school, medical school, SJT and foundation school: a focus on first stage examinations of MRCP, MRCGP and MRCPsychUKMED-P88.

Investigators: Cameron IM, Bennett DM, Cleland J, Gates L, Hughes E, Johnston P, Kumwenda B, Scrimgeour D, Vieira R, Walker K.

Access approved December 2018.

 2) Evaluating fairness in assessment at four Scottish medical schools. 

Investigators: Hope D, Dewar A, Hothersall EJ, Leach JP, Cameron IM, Jaap A.

3) Improving fairness in undergraduate medical education

Supervisors: Hope D, Kluth D, Hothersall EJ, Leach JP, Cameron IM, Jaap A.

SMERC funded PhD studentship, awarded March 2019.

Funding and Grants

Hope D, Jaap A, Kluth D, Hothersall EJ, Leach JP, Cameron IM.  PhD Studentship. Improving fairness in undergraduate medical education. Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium awarded £63,611, March 2019.

Hope D, Dewar A, Hothersall EJ, Leach JP, Cameron IM, Jaap A. Evaluating fairness in assessment at four Scottish medical schools. Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium awarded £9,970, June 2018.

Williams JHG, Cameron IM. The development and psychopathology of emotional awareness, empathy and facial imitation accuracy. PhD Studentship. Northwood Trust awarded £74,928, 2016.

Moffat M, Cameron IM, Bennett DM. Educational development in context: Developing a regional community of practice (CoP) in Psychiatry. ASME/GMC Excellent Medical Education awarded £4,553, March 2015.

Maxwell M, Dougall N, Cameron IM, Hoy C, Hibberd C,Mercer S, Pratt R. Patient Centred Assessment Method (PCAM): improving nurse led biopsychosocial assessment of patients with long term conditions and co-morbid mental health needs. NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme awarded £278K, February 2014.

Akhtar N.CSO Doctoral Training Fellowship for Nooreen Akhtar: An investigation of how patients, public and stakeholders perceive and interpret information about antidepressants in UK newspapers. Supervisory Team: Cameron IM, Siddharthan A, Maxwell M, Fennell BA, awarded £108.5K, Sep 2012.

Cameron IM, Davidson P, Arnason A, Crawford JR, MacDonald H, McKean T, Ormerod A, Reid I, Russell I, Siddharthan A, Williams J. The northern temperament: investigating the communication of emotions in northern cultures. University of Aberdeen North Research Programme, internally allocated, March 2012.

Edwards P, Olivier P, Rajarajan M, Wright P, Phillimore P, Catt M, Rodgers P, Trenell M, Norman T, Edwards C, Cameron IM, Reid IC.  TRUMP: A Trusted Mobile Platform for the Self-Management of Chronic Illness in Rural Areas. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research council, awarded £1,616K, April 2011.

Cameron IM, Crawford JR, Reid IC. Using Item Response Theory Analysis to assess the properties of commonly used anxiety and depression scales and thereby allow recommendations for their optimal use inUK healthcare settings. Tenovus Scotland, awarded £3.4K, March 2011. I 

Maxwell M, Pratt R, Cameron IM, Mercer S. Initial validation of the Minnesota Edinburgh Complexity Assessment Method (MECAM) within the context of the Keep Well health check. Health Scotland funding, awarded £65K, July 2010.  

Gibb J, Cameron IM, Murphy E, Hamilton R, Naji S.  The mental health of mental health nurses: What are the perceptions of those working in mental health services of the role of the occupational health service in management of work related stress? NHS Grampian, awarded 2008.  Final Report accepted 2009.

Reid IC, Cameron IM, Crawford JR and Lawton K.  Assessing the validity of the PHQ-9, HADS and BDI-II in measuring severity of depression in a sample of primary care patients with a new episode of depression. Quality Improvement Scotland, Scottish Executive, awarded £75K 2007.

Matheson CI, Bond CM, Cameron IM, Lee A, Davidson B, Baird R.  Enhanced community pharmacy activities for methadone maintained patients based on behavioural change theory and motivational interviewing: a pilot study.  Chief Scientist Office Small Grant (CZH/4/2/197).  Final Report accepted 2006.

Naji SA, Cameron IM, Crawford JR Eagles JM,Lawton K, Hamilton R, and Eisen S.  Development and assessment of the BASIS (Behaviour and Symptom Identification Scale) mental health outcome measure.  Chief Scientist Office Small Grant (CZH/4/39), Scottish Executive.  Final Report accepted 2004.

Matheson CI, Cameron IM, Bond CM, MacNamee P and Robinson A.  A feasibility study of supervised administration of buprenorphine in community pharmacies.  Chief Scientist’s Office Small Grant (CZG/2/103), Scottish Executive.  Final Report accepted 2004.

Lind C, Cameron IM, Naji SA and McKeganey N.  A survey of Services to Opioid Dependents inScotland. Awarded by Effective Interventions Unit, Scottish Executive. Final Report accepted 2002.


Teaching Responsibilities

Lecturer - MBChB Year 3 Systems Psychiatry Block

Tutor - SSC1 and SSCIII MBChB

Lecturer / tutor - Medical Humanities - Medical Education (assessment component)

Lecturer/ tutor - PG Cert Clinical Education

Course coordinator - ME5504 Principles of assessment in Clinical Education

Lecturer / tutor - PG Dip Clinical Education

Supervisor / advisor - elective projects MBChB

Personal Tutor - Health Sciences Undergraduate students

Lecturer / tutor - staff development (assessment)


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