Laura Gray BSc, MSc, PhD

Laura Gibson

Research Fellow, Health Econometrics
MRC Skills Development Fellow

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

Office: 2004

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 0885
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749

ORCiD: 0000-0001-6365-7710
Twitter: @DrLauraAGray


I currently hold an MRC Skills Development Fellowship titled "BMI trajectories in middle to old age: methodological developments, missing data and cost-effectiveness".  The aim of the project is to develop methods for assessing BMI trajectories while accounting for missing data as individuals get older. The project has three components: (1) latent growth modelling of BMI trajectories using observational data; (2) longitudinal missing data methods development; (3) adaptation of an existing diabetes prevention health 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 became a member of staff in HEDS in September 2014 as a Research Associate in Health Econometrics and was promoted to Research Fellow in January 2020. Prior to working in ScHARR, 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.

Administrative Roles

  • 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

Professional Memberships

  • Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)
  • European Association for the Study of Obesity - New Investigators United (EASO-NIU)
  • 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 High Performance Computing (WHPC)

Key Publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Gray L () Loss of Muscle Mass and the Risk of Mortality and Comorbidity. European and International Congress on Obesity 2020 Conference Proceedings, 17 May 2020 - 20 May 2020. RIS download Bibtex download


  • 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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