I hold a Chair in Applied Statistics in the Farr Institute @ CIPHER in the Medical School at Swansea University. I have been either the PI or a co-I on many research and research-related grants totalling almost £8M. These include the following projects that have been awarded since my arrival in Swansea in July 2014:

  •  Alcohol Misuse: Electronic Longitudinal Alcohol Study in Communities (ELAStiC), PI: Simon Moore, Cardiff;
  •  NISCHR Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research (NCPHWR), PI: Ronan Lyons, Swansea,
  •  Mind the Gap! An examination of the interface between primary and secondary healthcare for eating disorders, PI: Jacinta Tan, Swansea.

 I have a long and distinguished track record of:

  • developing statistical models, including:
    •  continuation ratio models and cumulative logit / proportional odds models for ordinal categorical data;
    •  random effects models or mixed models for event history / longitudinal / multi-level data;
    •  multivariate generalized linear mixed models (MGLMMs) with correlated random effects for multivariate extensions of the above data types;
  • implementing these models in software such as SABRE and MGLMM;
  • applying these models through interdisciplinary collaborative research in many areas, most notably in medicine and health research, but also in disciplines such as educational research, psychology and sociology;
  • disseminating these methodological developments and the results of data analyses at international conferences and through the publication of:
    •  10 books and Sage Series volumes of key readings in social statistics and the statistical analysis of continuous data, including a best-selling Chapman & Hall book on MGLMMs which was based on the SABRE software; I have been awarded a contract to write the second edition which will be based on its successor, MGLMM;
    •  many refereed articles in a wide range of international applied journals. 

 

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Publications

  1. & The relationship between alcohol use and long-term cognitive decline in middle and late life: A longitudinal analysis using UK Biobank. Journal of Public Health
  2. & Do doctors’ attachment styles and emotional intelligence influence patients’ emotional expressions in primary care consultations? An exploratory study using multilevel analysis. Patient Education and Counseling
  3. & (2017). Cartographic treemaps for the visualisation of public health care data.
  4. & Missing Value Imputation for RNA-Sequencing Data Using Statistical Models: A Comparative Study. Journal of Statistical Theory and Applications 15(3), 221
  5. & The Dynamics of Quadropoly: League Position in English Football between 1888 and 2010. The International Journal of the History of Sport 33(3), 325-340.

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Supervision

  • 'Assessing the Implementing of Evidence based Practices in Mental Health' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Michael Coffey
    Other supervisor: Prof Damon Berridge
  • Active Children Through Individual Vouchers – Evaluation (ACTIVE): a mixed method randomised control trial to improve the health and socialisation of teenagers. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Sinead Brophy
    Other supervisor: Prof Damon Berridge