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Research interests (short)

Developmental epidemiology, measurement and models

Biographical details

My career has passed through universities in the UK and US and has spanned natural, social and medical sciences. A spell as statistician in Michael Rutter’s MRC Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry from 1986 to 1998 gave rise to long-term collaborations with Catherine Lord, Emily Simonoff, Tony Charman and many other exceptional scientists and clinical colleagues, largely on children, particularly those with autism. A collaboration with Sophia Rabe-Hesketh also led to the development of the gllamm program and the framework for multilevel generalized structural equation modelling. As Head of KCL Dept Biostatistics I oversaw its merger with Health Informatics and as Director of KCL’s Clinical Trials Unit oversaw it’s expansion from a specialist mental health to an all disease Unit. Much of my methodological work has dealt with longitudinal models for developmental data and the many and varied impacts of measurement error and how these can be overcome.  I am a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and British Academy, and an NIHR Senior Investigator.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Applications of stochastic process models, University of Wales

Award Date: 1 Jan 1982

Master of Science, University of Wales

Award Date: 1 Jan 1976

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1974


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