Dr Dan Green BSc MSc PhD GradStat FHEA

Photograph of Dan GreenThe University of Sheffield
Section of Public Health
School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office:  Public Health Open Plan

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 0771 [use international codes]
Fax: +44 (0) 114 273 0547 [use international codes]

Email:  d.j.green@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD:  0000-0003-1934-6725


I joined Public Health in ScHARR in June 2019 as Lecturer in Epidemiology and Statistics. I graduated with a BSc in Mathematics at the University of Leicester, before doing an MSc in Medical Statistics at the same University. During the MSc, I was awarded an NIHR Research Methods Fellowship with the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, based at Keele University. During this Fellowship, I worked on a number of observational studies investigating prescriptions for joint pain (with particular focus on opioid prescriptions, and polypharmacy), comorbidities in older people, consultation trends for specific arthritic conditions (PMR), and a cluster randomised trial looking at screening for mental health in older people who consulted for joint pain (POST trial).

On completion of the Fellowship, I completed my PhD on a NIHR School for Primary Care Research Fellowship within the same department. My thesis focused on the aspects associated with hand pain and functional issues in older people, including longitudinal trends, and connections with mental health and prescriptions. My thesis utilised a technique called Latent Transition Analysis, part of the latent-related models of attempting to measure things that are difficult to measure directly (i.e. hidden sub-groups).

On completion of my PhD, I was employed as a Teaching Fellow delivering short courses/ teaching MSc students within Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health at University College London (UCL). During my teaching responsibilities, I was also involved with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHs) group, investigating patient improvements in an adolescent psychiatric unit.

Research Interests

My applied research interests are broad. I am interested in mental health; prescription trends (opioids consumption, polypharmacy, red flags); healthy aging (joint pain and functional issues, comorbidities); general health aspects (alcohol, smoking, nutrition and diet).

I am also interested in statistical methods such as regression models, survival analysis, and aspects related to the use of structural equation models (specifically latent-related analyses).

Teaching Interests

My current teaching responsiblities include:

  • Lead for the 'Critical Numbers' teaching in Phase 1 of the Undergraduate Medical Degree (MBChB).
  • Deputy for the face-toface Epidemiology module of the Master of Public Health.
  • Lead for the online Epidemiology module of the Master of Public Health.
  • Supervision of masters dissertations.
  • Supervision of postgraduate research students.

My teaching interests lie in delivering statistics at an understandable and digestible level, especially for those who do not have any formal statistics training. Similar to this, I aim to create additional courses for ScHARR Short Course Unit to run in the near future that will be inclusive for those without any prior knowledge/ training in statistics.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising Research Students in topics/areas with statistical elements (either throughout or as part of a mixed methods study), in any applied clinical theme that maps with suitable research within Public Health, or ScHARR in general. Please refer to my research interests for an idea of specific themes.

Professional Activities

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Member of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS)

Member of the Teaching Statistics group

Peer reviewer for British Journal of General Practice (BJGP)

Key Publications

  1. DJ Green, M Lewis, G Mansell, et al. Clinical course and prognostic factors across different musculoskeletal pain sites: A secondary analysis of individual patient data from randomised clinical trials. European Journal of Pain 2018;22:1057-70
  2. CD Mallen, BI Nicholl, M Lewis, B Bartlam, D Green, et al. The effects of implementing a point-of-care electronic template to prompt routine anxiety and depression case-finding in patients consulting for Osteoarthritis (The POST trial): A cluster randomised trial in primary care. PLOS Medicine 2017;14:e1002273
  3. DJ Green, KP Jordan, Protheroe J, van der Windt DA. Development of hand phenotypes and changes in hand pain and problems over time in older people. PAIN 2016;157:569-76
  4. DJ Green, S Muller, SL Hider, CD Mallen. Fatigue as a precursor to Polymyalgia Rheumatica: an explorative retrospective cohort study. Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology 2015;44:219-23
  5. ER Roberts, D Green, UT Kadam. Chronic condition comorbidity and multidrug therapy in general practice populations: a cross-sectional linkage study. BMJ Open 2014;4:e005429
  6. L Shiek, BI Nicholl, DJ Green, J Bedson, G Peat. Osteoarthritis and the rule of halves. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 2013;22:535-9
  7. J Ashworth, DJ Green, K Dunn. Opioid use among low back pain patients in primary care: Is opioid prescription associated with disability at 6 month follow-up. PAIN 2013;154:1038-44
  8. DJ Green, J Bedson, M Blagojevic-Bucknall, KP Jordan, D van der Windt. Factors associated with primary care prescription of opioids for joint pain. European Journal of Pain 2013;17:234-44