• University Of Huddersfield
    Queensgate
    Huddersfield
    HD13DH

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Research Degree Supervision

I am interested in supervising MRes and PhD candidates wanting to work on the following topics:

  • Economic evalaution of (public) health interventions
  • Early Health Technology Assessment
  • Economic evaluation of interventions designed to delay or prevent dementia, disability and frailty among people in mid-life
  • Economic evaluation of policies and interventions to improve population health

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Last updated 24th March 2023

Biography

I am a health economist in the School of Human and Health Sciences. I joined the University of Huddersfield in 2022 as a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics. Before that, I worked as a Research Fellow (2017-2022) at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York. I started my health economics career at the Health Economics Group, University of East Anglia, in 2011, first as a Research Associate, then as a Senior Research Associate. Before academia, I worked with JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. in Nepal and the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen.

I obtained a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from Pokhara University Nepal and trained in public health and advanced public methods (biostatistics and health economics) at three European Institutions – the University of Sheffield – UK, University of Copenhagen – Denmark, and EHESP French School of Public Health – France. I hold a PhD in Health Economics from the University of East Anglia. My doctoral research investigated the cost-effectiveness of very brief interventions to promote physical activity and explored the practical and methodological issues of applying an iterative approach to economic evaluation in a time-constrained setting.

I have expertise in economic evaluation, microcosting analysis, decision analytic modelling and discrete choice experiments. I have applied these to evaluate complex (public) health interventions, diagnostic tests, medical technologies and wearable digital health technologies for precision, personalised and person-centred healthcare. These cover various disease areas, including tuberculosis, chronic kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, sudden cardiac death, acute coronary syndrome, bronchiolitis, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome, chronic non-malignant pain, and rotator cuff tear.

I am a member of the UK Health Economists' Study Group (HESG) and the Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcome Research (ISPOR). I also serve as Academic Editor for PLoS One. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and teach undergraduate and graduate students and supervise PhD students.

Research Expertise and Interests

My research interests expand across the health economics field but centre on applying statistical and decision analytic methods in economic evaluation. This includes:

  • Statistical analysis of primary and observational (e.g. registry) data,
  • Economic evaluation methodology and application,
  • Evidence synthesis,
  • Eliciting preferences in healthcare delivery (e.g. tuberculosis care), patients' preferences (e.g. towards wearable digital health technologies designed to support self-management of their condition),
  • Early health technology assessment,
  • Decision modelling methods and application,
  • Economics of physical (in)activity,
  • Value of further research analysis to quantify the expected return on investment in further research. 

I also have interests in applying modern causal inference and machine learning methods to estimate the individualised treatment effect and enhancing the generalisability of evidence from clinical trials by leveraging observational (real-world) data.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Health Economics, University of East Anglia

20122018

Award Date: 15 Jul 2019

Master, University of Sheffield

20082010

Award Date: 5 Nov 2010

Master, Public Health (advance public health methods), University of Copenhagen

20092010

Award Date: 7 Jul 2010

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Economic Evaluation
  • Health technology evaluation
  • Health Economics
  • Research Prioritisation
  • Value of information analysis
  • Preference elicitation
  • Early economic evaluation modelling
  • Return on investment analysis
  • Headroom Analysis
  • Decision analysis
  • Chronic illness
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Blood Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Maternal Health
  • Complex Interventions
  • Child health
  • Tuberculosis
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Wearable technology
  • Digital Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Quality of Life

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