Will Sullivan MSc

Postgraduate Research Student

Will Sullivan

The University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

E-mail: w.sullivan@sheffield.ac.uk


I began my studies at the University of Sheffield in September 2004 on the BA Economics and Politics Programme. Following a year in the charity sector I returned to the University of Sheffield in September 2008 to accept an MRC/ESRC/NIHR studentship to study for an MSc in Economics and Health Economics. My MSc Dissertation focussed on estimating the impact of attitudes towards health on smoking behaviours.

In November 2009 I was appointed Research Associate in Economic Evaluation at the University of Manchester, working on the economic evaluation of an innovative genetic testing strategy for hereditary breast cancer. In the summer of 2010 I was awarded an ESRC scholarship to study for a PhD in Health Economics at ScHARR. I began research for the PhD in October 2010.

My doctoral research is focussed on modelling the interactions between smoking behaviour and alcohol behaviour using decision modelling theory and econometric applications.

Research interests

My research interests include the economics of smoking and alcohol, decision modelling theory and the economic evaluation of genetic tests.

Professional activities

I am a member of the Health Economics Study Group.


1. Sullivan, W; Payne, K (2011) 'The Appropriate Elicitation of Expert Opinion in Economic Models: Making Expert Data Fit for Purpose', Pharmacoeconimics, 29(6), pp.455-459

2. Sullivan, W.; Evans, D.G.; Newman, W.G.; Ramsden, S.C.; Scheffer, H.; Payne, K. (2012) 'Developing National Guidance on Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Predisposition: The Role of Economic Evidence?', Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers (in press)