Laura Gray

BSc, MSc, PhD

School of Health and Related Research

Research Fellow in Health Econometrics

laura.gray@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0885

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Laura Gray
School of Health and Related Research
2004
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
Profile

I have worked in HEDS in September 2014 when I joined as a Research Associate in Health Econometrics. 

I currently hold an MRC Skills Development Fellowship which will investigate BMI trajectories in older adults.  The project has three main components: (1) longitudinal modelling of BMI trajectories using observational data with specific aim of determining distinct trajectories which subgroups of individuals are more likely to follow; (2) missing data methods development to address the problems of missing data which are common problems in longitudinal datasets and specifically in cohorts of older adults; (3) adaptation of the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) diabetes prevention economic decision model so that a range of current interventions can be evaluated for their economic and equity impact

During the fellowship I will be working across departments in the University, HEDS, Public Health and the Sheffield Methods Institute (SMI) as well as spending time at Division of Population Health, Health Services Research & Primary Care at the University of Manchester. I will also be collaborating with researchers in the Healthy Lifespan Institute.

Before working in ScHARR, I was funded by an ESRC CASE studentship in partnership with NICE as a PhD candidate, also in ScHARR.  My PhD thesis was titled “A Public Health Approach to Childhood Obesity: The Role of Econometrics”.  The thesis uses a variety of advanced econometric techniques over three empirical studies. These studies investigate the effects of breastfeeding on childhood obesity, the impact of an underlying family lifestyle on childhood obesity and the dynamic relationships between childhood obesity, family lifestyle and health.

Prior to my PhD, I completed an MSc in Financial Economics (2009-2010) in the Department of Economics and a BSc in Economics and Statistics (2006-2009) in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, both at the University of Sheffield

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD Health Econometrics, 2016
  • MSc Financial Economics, 2010
  • BSc Economics and Statistics, 2009

Other 

  • UoS Associate Supervisionary, 2020
  • The Researcher as Manager (TRAM), ILM accreditation 2020
Publications

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Journal articles

Reports

  • Pryce RE, Buykx P, Gray L, Stone T, Drummond C & Brennan A (2017) Estimates of alcohol dependence in England based on APMS 2014, including estimates of children living in a household with an adult with alcohol dependence. Prevalence, trends, and amenability to treatment RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bell H, Wailoo AJ, Hernandez M, Grieve R, Faria R, Gibson LA & Grimm S (2016) The Use of Real World Data for the Estimation of Treatment Effects in NICE Decision Making. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gibson L, Hernandez Alava M & Wailoo A (2015) Progression of disease in people with rheumatoid arthritis treated with non biologic therapies RIS download Bibtex download

All publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

Reports

  • Pryce RE, Buykx P, Gray L, Stone T, Drummond C & Brennan A (2017) Estimates of alcohol dependence in England based on APMS 2014, including estimates of children living in a household with an adult with alcohol dependence. Prevalence, trends, and amenability to treatment RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bell H, Wailoo AJ, Hernandez M, Grieve R, Faria R, Gibson LA & Grimm S (2016) The Use of Real World Data for the Estimation of Treatment Effects in NICE Decision Making. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gibson L, Hernandez Alava M & Wailoo A (2015) Progression of disease in people with rheumatoid arthritis treated with non biologic therapies RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Gibson LA (2016) A public health approach to childhood obesity: the role of econometrics. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Current projects as Principle Investigator

  • MRC Skills Development Fellowship - BMI trajectories in middle to old age: methodological developments, missing data and cost-effectiveness. £291,231.11.
  • National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) - Mapping from the Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS) to EQ5D in Patients with Axial Spondyloarthritis. £16,229.76.

Professional Memberships and Networks

  • Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)
  • European Association for the Study of Obesity - New Investigators United (EASO-NIU)
  • Healthy Lifespan Institute (HELSI)
  • Health Economists' Study Group (HESG)
  • International Health Economics Association (IHEA)
  • International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)
  • Royal Statistics Society (RSS)
  • Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC)

Research Supervision

Laura is in the pool of supervisors for the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme and currently supervises one Wellcome Trust PhD student, Chloe Tuck.