I joined Keele University in 1993 following completion of an MSc in Statistics at the University of Kent at Canterbury. In 1997 I was awarded a NHS Executive (West Midlands) New Blood Research Training Fellowship during which I studied for a PhD in Medical Statistics.

I was awarded the PhD in 2000 and since then I have focused on research primarily utilising longitudinal information from surveys and electronic health records. I was promoted to Professor of Biostatistics in 2015.

Research and scholarship

My research focuses on the epidemiology of musculoskeletal, mental health, and other common conditions and symptoms in primary care. I have a specific interest in research using routinely recorded electronic primary health care data, including its linkage to self-reported data with consent of research participants. This includes methods to define phenotypes, exposure and prognostic factors, and outcomes in medical record data; to investigate the burden (incidence, prevalence, impact) of health conditions over time; to determine trajectories of symptoms to monitor chronic conditions and/or to predict long-term outcomes; and to investigate the benefits and harms of treatments using observational data.


I teach on the Masters in Medical Science Statistics and Epidemiology, and Research Methods modules.

Further information

I am a member of several independent steering committees for external studies. I review regularly for grant funding bodies and for high impact journals.


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