Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Laura Ternent

Senior Lecturer



Laura Ternent is a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics and is theme lead for Economic Evaluation and Outcome Valuation within the Health Economics Group.  Laura has a strong academic background in both applied and methodological work.  Research interests include economic evaluation and health outcome valuation, with a particular focus on Discrete Choice Experiments and Contingent Valuation. 

Laura has a track record of successful research grants from both UK and international funding bodies.  Working primarily in multi-disciplinary teams Laura designs and conducts economic evaluations and outcome valuation studies in a wide variety of settings such as cancer care, stroke care, maternal health, urology, opthalmology.


  • PhD Health Economics, University of Aberdeen (2012)
  • MSc. Health Economics, University of York (2004)
  • BA (Hons) Economics, University of Wales (2002)  
Area of expertise
  • Health economics

Previous positions

  • Lecturer, Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University (2011 - 2014)
  • Research Associate, Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University (2010 - 2011)
  • Research Fellow, Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen (2007 – 2010).
  • Research Fellow, IMMPACT, University of Aberdeen (2004 – 2007).
  • Research placement,  Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2004).
  • Research Assistant, Centre for the Economics of Health, Institute of Medical and Social Care Research, University of Wales, Bangor (2002 - 2003).

 Honorary positions

  •  Honorary Researcher, Karolinska Institute of Public Health Sciences, Stockholm Sweden (2014 -)
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Research interests

My research interests are in economic evaluations alongside randomised controlled trials and health outcome valuation, particularly the use of Discrete Choice experiments and Contingent Valuation.  


  • LITMUS Liver Investigation. EU2020 2016-2020
  • Lite Therapy Effectiveness for Oral Mucositis Trial (LITEFORM), NIHR HTA 2017-2022
  • Nasal Septoplasty Economic and Clinical Outcomes (NAIROS) NIHR HTA 2017-2022
  • Robot Assisted Training for the Upper Limb after Stroke (RATULS). NIHR HTA 2012-2020
  • The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of surgical treatments for women with stress urinary incontinence (ESTER). NIHR HTA 2016-2018
  • The value and cost of different forms of information on oral health status and risk (PREFER) NIHR HSDR 2014-2016
  • Understanding clinicians’ decisions to offer intravenous thrombolytic treatment to patients with acute ischaemic stroke: a discrete choice experiment.  NIHR HSDR.  2014-2016
  • Antibiotic treatment for intermittent bladder catheterisation: A randomised controlled trial of once daily prophylaxis (The AnTIC study). NIHR HTA 2013-2016
  • Parental incentives and quasi-mandatory schemes for increasing uptake of immunisations in pre-school children.  Co-applicant.  NIHR HTA 2013-2015
  • A prospective open randomised controlled trial comparing stapled haemorrhoidopexy to conventional surgery for haemorrhoidal disease.   NIHR HTA 2010-2015




I teach on a number of different modules including:

MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research


Health Economics

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently supervising a number of PhD students