I joined the University of Leicester in 2006 from De Montfort University. I am an Associate Professor of Biostatistics on a teaching focussed post based in the School of Medicine but my research is based in the Department of Health Sciences. I am Programme Director for the MSc in Medical Statistics, a post I share with another member of the Biostatistics research group. I have been Director of Education for the PGT courses in the Department of Health Sciences since 2020 and a member of the Department of Health Sciences Management group. For many years I have been a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity group for the Department of Health Sciences supporting the Department and then College Silver Athena Swan Award.
Most of my teaching is on the MSc in Medical Statistics, including Statistical Computing, Statistical Methods, Clinical Trials, Data Science and Multilevel Modelling. I also teach on other masters courses and provide statistics training for PGR students.
My research interests are in the area of evidence synthesis and cost-effectiveness analysis, particularly in the area of complex public health intervention evaluation. My research is conducted through the Biostatistics Research Group in the Department of Health Sciences.
I completed a PhD and MSc in Medical Statistics & IT at the University of Leicester and I am a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
My research interests are in the area of evidence synthesis and cost-effectiveness analysis, particularly in applied to applications in the area of complex public health intervention evaluation. I am interested in developing methods of evidence synthesis that can be used to evaluate complex, multiple component interventions.
I have two PhD students, Ellesha Smith and Rebecca Linnett, who are funded by NIHR and ERSC respectively, and a part-time NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellow, Louise Haddon.
(0) Smith, E. A., Cooper, N. J., Sutton, A. J., Abrams, K. R., & Hubbard, S. J. (2021). A review of the quantitative effectiveness evidence synthesis methods used in public health intervention guidelines. BMC Public Health, 21(1). doi:10.1186/s12889-021-10162-8
Salmasi MY, Harky A, Chowdhury MF, Abdelnour A, Benjafield A, Suker F, Hubbard SJ, Vohra HA. Should the mitral valve be repaired for moderate ischemic mitral regurgitation at the time of revascularization surgery? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Cardiac Surgery 33(7):374-384 (11 pages) 01 Jul 2018
KENDRICK, D., ABLEWHITE, J., ACHANA, F., BENFORD, P., CLACY, R., COFFEY, F., COOPER, N., COUPLAND, C., DEAVE, T., GOODENOUGH, T., HAWKINS, A., HAYES, M., HINDMARCH, P., HUBBARD, S., KAY, B., KUMAR, A., MAJSAK-NEWMAN, G., MCCOLL, E., MCDAID, L., MILLER, P., MULVANEY, C., PEEL, I., PITCHFORTH, E., READING, R., SARAMAGO, P., STEWART, J., SUTTON, A., TIMBLIN, C., TOWNER, E., WATSON, M., WYNN, P., YOUNG, B. and ZOU, K., 2017. Keeping Children Safe: a multicentre programme of research to increase the evidence base for preventing unintentional injuries in the home in the under-fives. Programme Grants for Applied Research, Programme Grants Appl Res, 5(14), https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/pgfar/pgfar05140/#/abstract.
Achana, Felix, Sutton, Alex J, Kendrick, Denise, Hayes, Mike, Jones, David R, Hubbard, Stephanie J, Cooper, Nicola J.. A decision analytic model to investigate the cost-effectiveness of poisoning prevention practices in households with young children. BMC Public Health, 2016, Vol.16.
Salmasi MY, Acharaya M, Humayun N, Baskaran D, Hubbard S, Vohra H. Is valve repair preferable to valve replacement in ischaemic mitral regurgitation? A systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery 2016; doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezw053.
Achana, F. A.; Sutton, Alex J.; Kendrick, D.; Wynn, P.; Young, B.; Jones, David R.; Hubbard, Stephanie J.; Cooper, Nicola J.. The effectiveness of different interventions to promote poison prevention behaviours in households with children: a network meta-analysis. PLoS One, 2015, 10 (3), p. e0121122
Hubbard S, Cooper N, Kendrick D, Young B, Wynn PM, He Z, Miller P, Achana F, Sutton A. Network Meta-analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to prevent falls in children under 5. Inj Prev doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2013-041135.
Achana F, Hubbard S, Sutton A, Kendrick D, Cooper N. An exploration of synthesis methods in public health evaluations of interventions concludes that the use of modern statistical methods would be beneficial. J Clin Epidemiol 2014;67(4):376-390. (Joint first author)
Achana F, Cooper N, Bujkiewicz S, Hubbard S, Kendrick D, Jones, DR, Sutton A. Network meta-analysis of multiple outcome measures accounting for borrowing of information across outcomes. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2014, 14:92
Kendrick D, Wynn P, Mulvaney C, Watson MC, Coupland C, Young B, Mason-Jones A, Ilyas N, Achana F, Cooper N, Hubbard S, Sutton A, Smith S. Home safety education and provision of safety equipment for injury prevention (Review). Evidence-based child health : a Cochrane review journal 2013;8(3):761.
Kendrick D, Wynn P, Mulvaney C, Watson M, Coupland C, Young B, Mason-Jones A, Ilyas N, Achana F, Cooper N, Hubbard S, Sutton A, Smith S. Home safety education and provision of safety equipment for injury prevention. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 2012;9:CD005014.
My teaching interests on the MSc in Medical Statistics include
â€¢ Clinical Trials
â€¢ Statistical Computing (Stata, R, WinBUGS and SAS)
â€¢ Fundamental Statistical Methods
â€¢ Multilevel Modelling
â€¢ Data Science
â€¢ Advanced Evidence Synthesis
I coordinate and supervise MSc Medical Statistics projects and we are always looking for new projects for our students, for example in applying and assessing novel methods in medical applications.
For our MSc Medical Statistics students I run workshops on: careers for medical statisticians, consultancy skills, report writing and presentation skills.
I also teach introductory statistical methods to other masters, PGR and undergraduate students.
I am currently External Examiner for the BSc Mathematics at De Montfort University.
Developing a career as a medical statistician
I am external examiner for the BSc in Mathematics at De Montfort University 2019-2023.
I am registered as a course accreditation assessor for the Royal Statistical Society.