Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Heather Brown

Lecturer (Health Economics)

Background

Introduction

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

Area of expertise

  • Centre on applied econometrics related to health behaviours and health inequalities

Qualifications

  • 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  

Previous Positions

  • 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 


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Research

Research Interests

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

Research Roles

 I am a co-investigator on several research projects.

Postgraduate Supervision

I would be interested in supervising any postgraduate student in a project related to applied microeconometrics in any of the topic areas above.

Current Students:

 Matthew Little (2013-): Financial Expectations and Health

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

Katie Dee (2017-:) What is the relationship between control and health in European welfare states? 

Completed Students:

2017: Susanna Mills: A mixed method programme of study on the determinants and outcomes of home food preparation

2018: Tomos Robinson: Exploring Inequalities in Child Cognitive Ability, Well-being, and Risky Health Behaviour

Esteem Indicators

  • Awarded a MRC early career fellowship in the economics of health 

Funding

Principal Investigator:

2016: Evaluation of the Stockton on Tees-Eco Scheme. Stockton on Tees Borough Council. £40,915.16 REF split: 100%.

Co-Investigator:

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%. 



 


 

Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching 

  • MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research
     -    Health Economics
  •       Health Policy
  • MSc in Oncology and Palliative Care

         -    Module leader- Health Economics (e-learning)

Other:

  •  Dissertation Examiner
  • MBBS Personal Tutor

Publications