Laura Gray BSc, MSc, PhD
MRC Research Fellow, Health Econometrics
Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS) / Public Health
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield, S1 4DA
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 0885
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749
I currently hold an MRC Skills Development Fellowship entitled "BMI trajectories in middle to old age: methodological developments, missing data and cost-effectiveness". 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 became a member of staff in HEDS in 2014 as a Research Associate in Health Econometrics. Prior to this post I was funded by an ESRC CASE studentship in partnership with NICE as a PhD candidate, also in HEDS, supervised by Dr Mónica Hernández. My 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 family lifestyle on childhood obesity and the relationships between childhood obesity, family lifestyle and health.
Before joining HEDS, 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.
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.
I am interested in microeconometric methods development and applied microeconomics, particularly in relation to obesity and health behaviours.
- Member of ScHARR PGR Committee 2012-2013 & 2017 - 2019
- Member of HEDS Research Functional Working Group 2016 - 2019
- ScHARR Student Experience Officer 2017 - 2019
- HEDS PGR Lead 2016 - 2019
- Member of MDH Faculty Student Committee 2012 - 2013
- ScHARR PGR Student Representative 2012 - 2013
- Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)
- European Economics Association (EEA)
- Health Economists' Study Group (HESG)
- International Health Economics Association (IHEA)
- International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)
- Royal Economics Society (RES)
- Royal Statistics Society (RSS)
- Women in Economics (WinE)
- Gray LA, Wailoo AJ & Hernandez Alava M (2018) Mapping the FACT-B Instrument to EQ-5D-3L in Patients with Breast Cancer Using Adjusted Limited Dependent Variable Mixture Models versus Response Mapping. Value in Health, 21(12), 1399-1405. View this article in WRRO
- Gray LA, Hernández Alava M & Wailoo AJ (2018) Development of Methods for the Mapping of Utilities Using Mixture Models: Mapping the AQLQ-S to the EQ-5D-5L and the HUI3 in Patients with Asthma. Value in Health, 21(6), 748-757. View this article in WRRO
- Gray LA, Hernandez M, Kelly M & Campbell M (2018) Family lifestyle dynamics and childhood obesity: evidence from the millennium cohort study. BMC Public Health, 18, 500-500. View this article in WRRO
- Gray LA & Alava MH (2018) A Command for Fitting Mixture Regression Models for Bounded Dependent Variables Using the Beta Distribution. The Stata Journal: Promoting communications on statistics and Stata, 18(1), 51-75. View this article in WRRO
- Gibson LA, Hernandez M, Kelly M & Campbell M (2017) The effects of breastfeeding on childhood BMI: a propensity score matching approach. Journal of Public Health, 39(4), e152-e160. View this article in WRRO
- Stevenson MD, Wailoo AJ, Tosh JC, Hernandez-Alava M, Gibson LA, Stevens JW, Archer RJ, Simpson EL, Hock ES, Young A & Scott DL (2017) The Cost-effectiveness of Sequences of Biological Disease-modifying Antirheumatic Drug Treatment in England for Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis Who Can Tolerate Methotrexate. Journal of Rheumatology, 44(7), 973-980. View this article in WRRO
- Gray L () Propensity Score Matching in the absence of Randomized Controlled Trials: A Case Study on the Effects of Breastfeeding on Childhood Obesity. SAGE Research Methods Cases: Medicine & Health.
- Moore S, Allen D, Amos Y, Blake J, Brennan A, Buykx P, Goodacre S, Gray L, Irving A, O'Cathain A , Sivarajasingam V et al (2019) An Evaluation of Alcohol Intoxication Management Services: A Mixed-methods Study
- 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
- 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.
- Gibson L (2015) Progression of disease in people with rheumatoid arthritis treated with non biologic therapies