Senior Researcher in Health Economics
My research interests relate to economic issues associated with the increasing availability of genetic data, including how these data might be used to support causal inference and prognostic modelling in relation to health and socioeconomic outcomes. I recently (2020) completed a three-year MRC Skills Development Fellowship using Mendelian Randomization to study the causal effect of traits, behaviours and health conditions on healthcare costs and on quality of life.
In addition to my role in the Department, I am also a Junior Research Fellow in Social Sciences in the Centre for Personalised Medicine at St Anne’s College.
I hold degrees in Economics from Trinity College Dublin (BA) and Nuffield College, Oxford (MPhil and DPhil), and in Health Economics from the University of York (MSc). I hold a diploma in Financial Management awarded by the ACCA.
Before joining the Department, I held my a fellowship at the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol. I also worked for a number of years as an economic consultant in the private sector, advising regulators, governments and large corporates on the economic issues that arise in the regulation of network industries.
The causal effects of health conditions and risk factors on social and socioeconomic outcomes: Mendelian randomization in UK Biobank.
Harrison S. et al, (2020), International journal of epidemiology
Assessing the causal impact of adiposity variation on rates of hospital admission: Application of Mendelian randomization
Hazewinkel A-D. et al, (2020)
Estimating the causal effect of genetic liability to prevalent disease on hospital costs using Mendelian Randomization
Dixon P. et al, (2020)
Assessing the construct validity and responsiveness of Preference-Based Measures (PBMs) in cataract surgery patients
Breheny K. et al, (2020), Quality of Life Research, 29, 1935 - 1946
Robust causal inference for long-term policy decisions: cost effectiveness of interventions for obesity using Mendelian randomization
Harrison S. et al, (2020)