Professor Deborah Fitzsimmons

Professor Deborah Fitzsimmons

Personal Chair, Public Health

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602226

Research Links

Office - 214
Second Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I hold a Personal Chair and am the Academic Director of Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE); a thriving research centre based within the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University. I am also the Co-Director of Health and Care Economics Cymru; one of the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure groups, which aim to develop world-class research for Wales.

I spent my early career as a clinical and research nurse in oncology/ pancreatic disease; moving into the area of Quality of Life/ Patient Reported Outcome Measurement (PROMs) with a PHD from the University of Southampton in 2000 and obtaining one of the first Post-Doctoral Awards for Nursing and Allied Health Professions in 2002 from the Department of Health. I still remain a registered nurse. Since joining Swansea University in 2004, I developed a broader research portfolio to include health economics and outcomes research.

I remain a very active member of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life Group, having been member of the executive committee and inaugural Co- Chair of the Project and Module Development Committee between 2012-2018.

In my spare time, I volunteer my experience as a Trustee of Tenovus Cancer Care.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Patient reported outcome measurement (PROMs)
  • Health Economic Evaluation in HTA
  • Use of qualitative methods in health economics
  • Development of Economic Outcome measures
  • Research and evaluation methods

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I have a long track record in UG and PGT teaching and research supervision; supervising over 12 PhD and Professional Doctorate Students to completion. I currently teach on a range of PGT programmes within the College on health economics, PROMs and research and evaluation methods. I also supported Cardiff University in supporting their MPH programme (2015-19) and currently lead the health economics module in the Population Health Intercalated Degree for Medical Students.

I am really enjoy working across a diverse range of health topics but my interests are particularly in relation to cancer and chronic conditions, particularly Asthma, Multiple Sclerosis and Diabetes. I still actively contribute in the design and development of PROMs for use in cancer trials and studies.  


Further details of our research at Swansea Centre for Health Economics can be found at:

From 2006-11 and 2011-2014, I held the position of Associate Dean and Dean for Postgraduate Research at Swansea University. I have also held College positions as Head of Postgraduate Students (2005-2008), UOA 3 lead for REF20008 (2006-8) and Research Director (2008-2011).


As Academic Director (co-lead) of SCHE alongside the Head of SCHE, we lead a diverse team of over 10 academic and research staff with a range of skills and expertise in health economics, epidemiology, operational research & statistics, social sciences and psychology to deliver a wide range of research and evaluation projects.  I am particularly keen in facilitating others to achieve their academic and research potential, mentoring a number of doctoral and post-doctoral colleagues over the years- some of who have obtained senior lectureships and Chair positions.

My work enables me to collaborate widely across the UK and Europe on research studies by a range of funders including NIHR, Health and Care Research Wales, NHS Wales, Charities and Industry.  I have over 90 peer reviewed published research publications and book chapters and current projects total approximately £7.5M of research grants as lead or co-applicant.

Other websites that showcase the research I am involved in include: