Dr Heather Brown
Lecturer (Health Economics)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6281
- Address: Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
I joined IHS in July 2011 after completing a MRC early career fellowship in the economics of health at the University of Aberdeen. My research interests are in applied econometrics with a focus on understanding the relationship between health behaviours and outcomes and inequalities. I am also interested in cross-disciplinary work across the social sciences.
Roles and Responsibilities
- IHS postgraduate deputy tutor
- Deputy for Fuse Health Inequalities Theme
- Scottish Economic Society Council
BA Economics, Political Science, and International Development, 2003, McGill University, Canada
MSc Economic and Development Economics, 2005, University of Nottingham
PhD Health Economics, 2009, University of Sheffield
Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, 2009-2011
Honours and Awards
MRC early career fellowship in the economics of health 2009-2011
Cairncross Prize for best paper by a young member of the Scottish Economic Society, 2010
My research interests lie within the field of applied econometrics related to health and inequalities including:
-the relationship between health behaviour and social and health inequalities
-the relationship between health outcomes and inequalities
-the role of health related behaviour on marriage stability and divorce
-the economic determinants of health related behaviour
I am a co-investigator on several research projects.
Matthew Little (2013-): Financial Expectations and Health
Tomos Robinson (2013-): Exploring Inequalities in Child Cognitive Ability, Well-being, and Risky Health Behaviour
Susanna Mills (2014-): Cooking Skills
Natassia Robinson (2015-): DNA methylation as a mediating mechanism linking early life events and subsequent obesity
Augustina Pemu (2016-): Demand and costs of birth outcomes for refugee and asylum seeker women in the UK
I would be interested in supervising any postgraduate student in a project related to:
-applied microeconometrics in any of the areas listed above
- Awarded a MRC early career fellowship in the economics of health
2016: Evaluation of the Stockton on Tees-Eco Scheme. Stockton on Tees Borough Council. £40,915.16 REF split: 100%.
2015-2020. Alternatives To prophylactic Antibiotics for the treatment of Recurrent urinary tract infections in women (ALTAR study). National Institute of Health Research HTA Commissioned Call. £874,398.82. Co-applicant. RS Pickard (PI). REF Split: 15%.
2015. NHS 111 Service Evaluation. Co-applicant. £289,434.43. REF split: 55%.
2014-2017. Social Science Perspective on the Working Lives of Those With Cancer: Psychosocial, Organisational and Economic Perspectives. ESRC Research Seminars. £5,637.90. Co-applicant with, S Maclennan, P Dewe, L Vale, S Heys, J N'Dow, J Hassard & T Cox (PI). REF Split: 100%.
2014-2016. A feasibility study of using an immersive virtual reality environment to
reduce anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder. £191,581. Co-applicant, J Parr (PI).
2013-2017. Reducing Alcohol Related Harms in an English Context. NIHR School of Public Health Research. £179,321.81. Co-applicant. REF Split: 25%.
2013-15. Phase 2 research to support the evaluation and implementation of adult cooking skills interventions in the UK: pilot RCT with process and economic evaluation components. Department of Health, Public Health Research Consortium. £258,460.00. Co-applicant with, AJ Adamson, J Adams, J Halligan, N Hobbs, M Stead, D Stocken, L Vale & M White (PI). REF Split: 20%.
2011-2015. Development and stage 2 RCT with internal pilot of a weight loss maintenance intervention for obese adults after clinically significant weight loss. Medical Research Council. £615,011.00. Co-applicant with, M White, AJ Adamson , V Araujo-Soares , E McColl, L Vale, P Olivier, P Wright, A Batterham & F Sniehotta (PI). REF Split: 9%.
- MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research
- Health Economics
- Health Policy
- MSc in Oncology and Palliative Care
- Module leader- Health Economics (e-learning)
- Dissertation Examiner
- MBBS Personal Tutor
- Mill SDH, Brown H, Wrieden WL, White M, Adams J. Frequency of eating home cooked meals and potential benefits for diet and health: cross-sectional analysis of a population-based cohort study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2017, 14, 109.
- Mills S, White M, Brown H, Wreiden W, Kwansicka D, Halligan J, Robalino S, Adams J. Health and social determinants and outcomes of home cooking: a systematic review of observational studies. Appetite 2017, 111, 116-134.
- Mills S, White M, Wrieden W, Brown H, Stead M, Adams J. Home food preparation practices, experiences and perceptions: A qualitative interview study with photo-elicitation. PLoS ONE 2017, 12(8), e0182842.
- Brown H, Fattakhova G, Bambra C, Taylor P. Making healthy homes? A pilot study of the Return on Investment from an External Wall Insulation intervention. BMC Research Notes 2017. In Press.
- Kaner EFS, Beyer FR, Garnett C, Crane D, Brown J, Muirhead C, Redmore J, O'Donnell A, Newham JJ, deVocht F, Hickman M, Brown H, Maniatopoulos G, Michie S. Personalised digital interventions for reducing hazardous and harmful alcohol consumption in community-dwelling populations. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, (9). In Press.
- Brown H, Becker F. Are all health shocks the same? Exploring the relationship between labour market outcomes and a diagnosis of cancer, COPD, diabetes and depression. In: 6th Biennial Conference of the American Society of Health Economists. 2016, Philadelphia, PA, USA: American Society of Health Economists.
- Brown H, Becker F, Antwi K. Association between lipid biomarkers, physical activity, and socioeconomic status in a population based cross-sectional study in the United Kingdom. Sports Medicine - Open 2016, 2, 25.
- Brown H. Birds of a Feather Flock Together: Correlation in BMI Categories in Long-Term Relationships. Australian Economic Review 2016, 49(4), 453-470.
- Brown H, Biosca O. Exploring the relationship between time preference, body fatness, and educational attainment. Social Science and Medicine 2016, 158, 75-85.
- Birch J, Scott S, Newbury-Birch D, Brennan A, Brown H, Coulton S, Gilvarry E, Hickman M, McColl E, McGovern R, Muirhead C, Kaner E. A pilot feasibility trial of alcohol screening and brief intervention in the police custody setting (ACCEPT): study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2015, 1, 6.
- Biosca O, Brown H. Boosting health insurance coverage in developing countries: do conditional cash transfer programmes matter in Mexico?. Health Policy and Planning 2015, 30(2), 155-162.
- Brown H, van der Pol M. Intergenerational transfer of time and risk preferences. Journal of Economic Psychology 2015, 49, 187-204.
- Mills S, White M, Robalino S, Wrieden W, Brown H, Adams J. Systematic review of the health and social determinants and outcomes of home cooking: protocol. Systematic Reviews 2015, 4(5), 35.
- Evans EH, AraujoSoares V, Adamson AJ, Batterham AM, Brown H, Campbell M, Dombrowski SU, Guest A, Jackson D, Kwasnicka D, Ladha K, McColl E, Olivier P, Rothman AJ, Sainsbury K, Steel AJ, Steen IN, Vale L, White M, Wright P, Sniehotta FF. The NULevel trial of a scalable, technology-assisted weight loss maintenance intervention for obese adults after clinically significant weight loss: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 2015, 16, 421.
- Brown H, Hole AR, Roberts J. Going the same 'weigh': spousal correlations in obesity in the United Kingdom. Applied Economics 2014, 46(2), 153-166.
- Presseau J, Hawthorne G, Sniehotta FF, Steen N, Francis JJ, Johnston M, Mackintosh J, Grimshaw JM, Kaner E, Elovainio M, Deverill M, Coulthard T, Brown H, Hunter M, Eccles MP. Improving Diabetes care through Examining, Advising, and prescribing (IDEA): Protocol for a theory-based cluster randomised controlled trial of a multiple behaviour change intervention aimed at primary healthcare professionals. Implementation Science 2014, 9, 61.
- Brown H, Pol M van der. The role of time preferences in the intergenerational transfer of smoking. Health Economics 2014, 23(12), 1493–1501.
- Brown H, Roberts J. Born to be wide? Exploring correlations in mother and adolescent body mass index. Economic Letters 2013, 120(3), 413-415.
- Brown H, Adams J. The role of time preference in smoking cessation: a longitudinal analysis of data from the Household Income and Labour Dynamics of Australia survey, 2001-08. Addiction 2013, 108(1), 186-192.
- Brown H, Roberts J. Exercising choice: The economic determinants of physical activity behaviour of an employed population. Social Science and Medicine 2011, 73(3), 383-390.
- Brown H, Roberts J. Exploring the factors contributing to sibling correlations in BMI: a study using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Obesity 2011, 20(5), 978-984.
- Brown P, Brown H. Lessons from the Past: Economic and Technological Impacts of U.S. Energy Policy. Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal 2011, 3(2), 23-30.
- Brown H. Marriage, BMI, and Wages: A Double Selection Approach. Scottish Journal of Political Economy 2011, 58(3), 347-377.