- Dr Penny Breeze (Director)Health Economics and Decision Science
Complex natural history models with multiple dynamic risk factors. Developed the Sheffield Type 2 Diabetes Model and a decision model for the appraisal of multi-behaviour interventions in selected population groups.
- Professor Alan Brennan (Director)Health Economics and Decision Science
Innovative use of health economics and mathematical modelling techniques to inform public health decision-making, especially on cost-effectiveness of interventions and public health policies.
- Dr Pete Dodd (Director)Mathematical modelling
Epidemiology, burden estimation, modelling CRTs, global health, infectious disease modelling. Individual-based modelling methodologies; methods for model calibration.
- Professor Tracey Young (Director)Health Economics
Methods for developing preference-based measures from existing QOL measures, Economic evaluations alongside clinical trials, Methods for measuring uncertainty in economic evaluations, censoring and missing data and mapping.
- Dr Robert Akparibo (Director)Course Director of the Masters of Public Health in Management and Leadership
My research intersects between global health and nutrition, with specific focus on infant and young child nutrition, management of malnutrition in humanitarian emergencies, maternal and adolescent health/nutrition, food security, food systems and food sustainability, and the food environment impact on eating behaviours and implication on NCDs.
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- Dr Venet Osmani (Director)Senior Lecturer in Data Science for Health and Director of Health Informatics Research GroupI am Senior Lecturer in Data Science for Health and Director of Health Informatics Research Group.
My research interests are in developing Artificial Intelligence / machine learning methods, to address some of the fundamental questions in medicine. These include: predictive modelling, explainable AI, synthetic data, causal inference, algorithmic fairness and data bias. My work focuses on analysis of large-scale, longitudinal health records, including biomarkers, imaging, multi-omics and routine care data to optimise treatment strategies, improve patient care and public health. Apart from clinical data, I also work on incorporating human behaviour data, such as those generated from wearable devices and smartphones, with a particular focus on mental health.
The overarching objective of my research is to integrate predictive modelling in the bedside and bring the acquired evidence back, in a continuously improving feedback loop, consequently establishing a learning health system.
- Dr Brian Rice (Director)Public Health
I am an Epidemiologist with an interest in maximising the strategic potential of infectious disease data collected through surveillance and service delivery platforms. With a focus on HIV in southern and eastern Africa, I develop methods that strengthen the infrastructure of national, regional, and global-level infectious disease surveillance & measurement platforms. Having previously worked at Public Health England, the African Health Research Institute, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (where I was the director of the international Measurement & Surveillance of HIV epidemics (MeSH) consortium), in 2023 I took up my position at the University of Sheffield.
- Dr Daniel HolmanSociology
Sociological perspectives on health and illness, especially social determinants and studying intersectional inequalities in later life chronic disease. Biosocial approach studying the biological sequelae of inequalities.
- Dr Mónica Hernández AlavaHealth Econometrics
Analysis of micro-level data on individuals’ economic behaviour, for example analysis of health state utility data, the dynamics of child developmental outcomes, and individuals’ decisions to participate in welfare programmes.
- Professor Peter BathHealth Informatics
Peter is Professor of Health Informatics and Applied Health Data Analytics in the Information School and School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). His research interests include the application of statistical methods and data mining techniques to analysing health data, particularly in relation to health and well-being in older people.
Peter supervises research into the health information needs and behaviours of patients and the public and, in particular, how people with life-threatening, terminal and long-term illnesses share information on the Internet, e.g., through online health forums. Information about the "A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing" project can be found at: http://www.space4sharingstudy.org/. Peter is also Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee.
- Dr Sue BaxterPublic Health
Public health and health and social care service delivery, systematic review methodologies for complex public health interventions and system changes, logic models and theories of change, patient and public involvement and engagement.
- Dr Sam CatonPublic Health
Obesity and appetite regulation. Improving the diets of preschool children, infant feeding behaviours, portion control and the impact of alcohol on body weight regulation.
- Professor Jim ChilcottHealthcare Decision Modelling
Agent based simulation of behavioural interventions in complex public health systems, cognitive mapping for systematic reviews, Bayesian analysis of joint disease natural history.
- Dr Richard CooperPublic Health
Medical sociology, medical ethics using a number of methodologies (particularly qualitative and mixed methods). Misuse, abuse and addiction to medicine, over-the-counter and prescription medicine supply and prescribing.
- Professor Andy DickersonEconomics
Analysis of micro and longitudinal data, including matched datasets. Statistical and econometric methods as applied to the economics of education, health and labour market outcomes, measurement of poverty and inequality.
- Dr Matthew FranklinSenior Research Fellow
I joined ScHARR in 2014 as a Health Economist Research Associate for HEDS, working as part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC YH). Since the end of the CLAHRC in 2019, I now work alongside the NIHR funded Applied Research Collaboration for Yorkshire and Humber (ARC YH).
- Dr Duncan GillespieHealth Economics and Decision Science
Studies the interplay between health, social and demographic change using both mathematical and statistical methods, special interest in tobacco and alcohol.
- Harry HillResearch Fellow
I can supervise students using the following research methods: causal economics, decision modelling, incorporating equity considerations into cost effectiveness analysis, or in the following disease areas: breast cancer, kidney disease, oral health, occupational health, mental health, end of life/palliative care.
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- Dr Emma HockSenior Research Fellow
I have a track record of research in preventative health behaviour, with a specific research interest in smoking cessation and physical activity, multiple health behaviour change and physical activity and mental health.
- Professor Ben van HoutProfessor of Health Economics
I have extensive experience in modelling and have contributed to the methodology of economic evaluation in various areas. In 1993 I was one of the earliest researchers to apply discrete event models and was the first to apply a non-parametric method to estimate costs in the presence of censoring. In 1994 I was the first to apply Fieller's approach to calculate confidence intervals around cost-effectiveness ratios, and I introduced the acceptability curve, which is now a well-known concept in cost-effectiveness analysis. In 1996 I was one of the first to apply probabilistic sensitivity analysis. In 2000 I was one of the initial people to explore Bayesian techniques in economic evaluation. I have had work published on discounting and estimating utility functions.
- Professor Nathan HughesAdolescent Health and Justice
Relationships between health and criminal justice, particularly regarding the criminalisation of health and developmental difficulties.
- Professor Visakan KadirkamanathanSignal and Information Processing
Signal and information processing, complex systems modelling, spatiotemporal system identification with applications in biomedicine and social sciences, intelligent systems decision support.
- Professor Steven A JuliousDesign, Trials and Statistics
Steven graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (MSOR) from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and an MSc in Biometry from the University of Reading. For his PhD from University College London, which he did part-time while working in the industry, Steven investigated the issue of designing clinical trials when you have imprecise estimates to base calculations on.
Statistically, Steven has an interest in all aspects of clinical trials from molecule through to the marketplace. His main research focus is clinical trial design and the development of applied methods related to clinical trials. Steven has a particular interest around adaptive designs and the implementation of adaptive designs into practice.
- Dr Inge KersbergenResearch Fellow
Health behaviour change; Social and environmental influences on health behaviour; Alcohol consumption; Weight stigma; Experimental psychology.
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- Professor Nick LatimerHealth Economics
Economic evaluation methodology, with a particular emphasis on causal inference and analyses of real world data, and survival analysis and adjusting survival estimates in the presence of treatment switching.
- Olena MandrikHealth Economics and Decision Science
I specialise in public health-related modelling projects, focussing particularly upon modelling of cancer prevention and early detection.
- Dr Clara MukuriaHealth Economics
Measuring and valuing health and quality of life, developing preference-based measures of health from existing measures, mapping between measures to generate utility values
- Dr Hannah MumfordFood insecurity, emergency food systems and public policy
Hannah is a Research Fellow at SPERI and Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Her research focuses on food insecurity, emergency food systems and the role of public policy. Her work has been at the forefront of the emerging evidence base on the growth of food charity in the UK and comparative research across Europe.
Hannah’s research has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Hannah’s work has an applied focus and her achievements in knowledge exchange and impact have been recognised by the ESRC with a first prize award for Early Career Impact at the ESRC’s Celebrating Impact awards (2014).
Hannah sits on the Food Standards Agency’s Advisory Committee for Social Science and on Child Poverty Action Group’s (CPAG) Policy Advisory Committee.
- Dr Gurleen PopliEconomics
Applied Econometrics, with specific focus on poverty and income distribution; labour market inequalities in the distribution of wages and earnings; with a focus on identifying the gender disparities and differences across the formal and the informal sectors of the economy; the impact of socioeconomic inequalities and poverty on child development.
- Professor Jeremy OakleyStatistics
Quantifying uncertainty in health economic decision models, in particular managing model structure uncertainty; eliciting probability distributions from experts for uncertain model parameters.
- Professor Gwilym PryceEconomics and Social Statistics
Urban economics, social statistics; understanding inequalities; relationships between poverty, neighbourhood deprivation, housing and health.
- Dr Robin PurshouseDecision Modelling and Optimisation
Research to improve how decision makers choose between possible solutions to a problem, with a particular focus on multi-criteria decision making in public health policy appraisal.
- Dr Kate RenBayesian Statistics
Bayesian statistics in health economics; Network meta-analysis; Extrapolation of time-to-event data; Eliciting probability distributions; Value of information analysis.
- Dr Donna RowenEconomics
Measuring and valuing health and quality of life, modelling preference data, methodology of developing preference-based measures of health from existing measures, mapping between measures to generate utility values, measuring and valuing child health.
- Dr Simon RushtonPoliticsGlobal health governance; national and international policy responses to infectious disease; global health security; healthcare delivery in conflict and crisis situations; health systems and policy; Nepal; Colombia.
- Dr Sophie RutterSenior Lecturer in Information Management
Health information seeking; health communication; hygiene, uses of 'Internet of Things' technology for monitoring; Co-design and inclusive participatory methods. Usability testing.
- Dr Muhammad I SaddiqSenior University Teacher in Health Systems and Management
Design, development, implementation and evaluation of interventions to address barriers to accessing primary healthcare services in low- and middle-income countries
- Professor Sarah SalwayPublic Health
Health and healthcare inequalities linked to race/ethnicity, gender and poverty. UK and South Asia. Chronic disease and reproductive health. Knowledge mobilisation. Mixed methods research, including policy analysis and inclusive research approaches.
- Dr Phil ShackleyHealth Economics
Development and application of contingent valuation (willingness to pay) to value health and non-health benefits of health care and public health interventions. Valuing benefits from interactions with nature. Evaluation of vascular services and screening services.
- Dr Hazel SquiresHealth Economics and Decision Science
Conceptual modelling and individual-level simulation for public health systems. Constructed the only existing framework specifically designed for developing the structure of public health economic models.
- Dr Mark StevensonComputer Science
Applications of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning to public health decision making, including identification of evidence from scientific literature.
- Dr Chloe ThomasHealth Economics and Decision Science
Public health-related modelling for diabetes prevention, cardiovascular disease prevention and bowel cancer screening. Development of return on investment tools for use by local and national decision makers.
- Dr Lesley UttleySenior Research Fellow in research methodology
Examining the integrity of research and human influences in secondary research. Systematic reviews, meta-analyses and evidence syntheses. Living evidence and dynamic data presentation. Meta-meta-meta research methodology.
- Professor Alan Walker CBESocial Policy and Social Gerontology
Quality of later life, multi-disciplinary approaches to aging, aging and welfare/pension policy, social exclusion in later life, health inequalities, chronic conditions, employment and health.
- Professor Stephen WaltersMedical Statistics and Clinical Trials
Design, analysis and reporting of trials of complex interventions; and the design, assessment, analysis and interpretation of patient reported outcomes in clinical trials.
- Professor Scott WeichMental Health
Psychiatric epidemiology. Socio-economic, ethnic, gender and spatial variation in rates of anxiety and depression. Positive mental health and specifically the measurement and epidemiology of mental well-being. Observational and mixed methods research and the use of secondary data.
- Dr Luke B WilsonResearch Associate
Economics of alcohol, smoking, illicit drug use, and gambling, wider interests in labour economics, education economics and applied microeconometrics.
- Dr Mengdie ZhuangData visualisation
Novel data analytic and visualisation applications to support health decision making and make access to health resources more inclusive.