Professor McPherson's research focuses on epidemiology, health interventions, public health and women's health. He was co-author of the Foresight Report on Tackling Obesities. He chairs the National Heart Forum, which aims to prevent premature death from heart disease, and is a former chair of the British Breast Group, the European Public Health Association and the Society for Social Medicine among other bodies.
- Public health
- Long term effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and oral contraceptives
- Prevention of cardiovascular disease
- Variations in the use of health care across populations
- Breast cancer
Professor McPherson has considerable media experience.