I am an epidemiologist with a particular interest and expertise in the analysis of large health databases. My specific research interests span pregnancy, maternity and child health, gastrointestinal diseases, particularly liver disease, and alcohol-related harm. My primary focus is on developing work at the intersection of these fields, looking at the harms caused by alcohol consumption in pregnancy, how we can use public health policy to reduce this, and how best to identify and support children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and their families.
I am a member of the Independent Scientific Advisory Committee for the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I teach epidemiology, public health and medical statistics at all levels including a long-standing Faculty post on the Young Investigators' Meeting for the United European Gastroenterology society, teaching clinicians from across Europe. UEG YIM
My first degree was in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, specialising in pharmacology, followed by a Masters in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I subsequently worked as a data analyst and director of research and development at the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health, an arm's length body of the DH, before returning to academia as a research associate at the University of Nottingham. I gained my PhD and PGCHE there and was an assistant professor in database epidemiology before moving "back to my Liverpool home" in 2016, working at Liverpool John Moores University as a senior lecturer developing an undergraduate course in Public Health. I started work in the Department of Public Health and Policy as a senior lecturer in 2017.