Sam has a PhD in management group decision processes in health-related decision settings, and a BSc in Psychology with Criminology – both from the University of South Wales. Her interest in health services research began during her PhD studies when she researched the judgement processes of NICE Guidance Development Groups (GDGs). She joined the Health Economics & Policy Research Unit at the University of South Wales in September 2007, and provided health economics research support, working on various healthcare projects and clinical trials, including: PAAD, ELIJAH, TCADS, PREFERS and many others.
She recently moved to Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE) at Swansea University in January 2015, taking on a combined role as Research and Operations Assistant. Her main responsibilities now focus on: assisting in the management of SCHE procedures and policies, assessing unit costs for healthcare interventions, measuring health-related quality of life for economic evaluation (cost utility analysis), and supporting health-related organisations with prioritisation decisions using Programme Budgeting and Marginal Analysis (PBMA). Sam is currently assisting on research projects including: HAPPIKNEES, CREAM, POETIC and GASP.
Sam also teaches in a number of Health Economics subjects and is currently supervising two PhDs.