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Dr Gabriella Melis BA, MSc, MSc, PhD

Lecturer in Statistics for Public Health Data Analysis Public Health, Policy & Systems


Personal Statement

I am part of the Health Inequalities and Policy Research team in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Systems (PHPS) at the University of Liverpool, where I work as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Public Health Data Analysis.

I am interested in the longitudinal and comparative analysis of socio-economic determinants of health inequalities, in particular regarding cognitive and socio-emotional development. My current role is based on analysis of data from different sources such as the LifeCycle cohorts, the SAIL databank, and the British cohort studies.

Prior to joining the PHPS Department in Liverpool, I held positions as a researcher at the University of Cagliari, Italy, in the Department of Economics, and at the UCL Institute of Education, UK, as part of the LLAKES Centre. I obtained my PhD in Social Statistics from the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research, The University of Manchester, UK, in 2017, where I also gained an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics. I have a BA in Sociology and an MSc in Statistics Applied to Social Research from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy.

I have always been interested in tackling inequalities and in social justice, therefore my career is oriented towards advancing knowledge on the mechanisms behind the reproduction of inequities across the individual, the family and the societal levels of analysis.

Working with David Taylor-Robinson and Daniela Schlüter I am contributing to the following:
- NIHR Public Health Policy Research Unit's project: Addressing inequalities in ‘Children in Need’. A population linkage study to inform policy
- University of Liverpool & University of Copenhagen partnership's project: How do early years risk factors mediate inequalities in child mental health and cognitive development? A cross-cohort analysis. I am working on DataSHIELD using LifeCycle birth and pregnancy cohorts' data
- NIHR funded project: OveRcoming Adverse ChiLdhood Experiences (ORACLE)
- NIHR and FORTE (Sweden) funded project DRIVERS (Drivers of inequalities in families involved in the child welfare system), with collaborators at Stockholm University's Department of Public Health Sciences