Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Odessa S Hamilton

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My PhD Title: Sleep, Wealth, and Mental Health: Genetic and Psychoneuroimmunological Pathways
Supervisor: Professor Andrew Steptoe, Professor James Kirkbride and Professor Karoline Kuchenbaecker

Lay summary:
Odessa Hamilton is a Doctoral Researcher in Biobehavioural Epidemiology and Precision Medicine. Her research uses a psychoneuroimmunological framework and genetically informed designs, to explore the interplay between economic stressors and dyssomnias in the aetiopathogenesis of psychopathology across a spectrum of severity; with special attention given to depression, anxiety, and psychosis. Odessa is particularly interested in the immunological and genetic mechanisms that underlie longitudinal associations between psychosocial factors and mental distress at a population and clinical level. To this end, using observational data from large cohort studies, Odessa engages in advanced statistical modelling and epidemiological techniques, such as causal inference, multiple imputation, genetic correlation and mendelian randomisation.

My Background

Odessa is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, is licensed in Psychometrics, and has MBPsS status at the British Psychological Society (BPS). She was trained as a Crisis Specialist to work with adult victims of crime, the homeless, the deprived, and people with severe physical and mental health concerns. She also secured a transient opportunity at the University of Oxford, exploring potential lithium-mimetics for psychopathologies. With experience that traverses Corporate and Government, Odessa also holds multiple awards for innovation, and has transnational achievements in entrepreneurship. At the London School of Economics (LSE), Odessa leverages behavioural science insights and engages in advanced statistics to advance the understanding of factors on the socioeconomic intersect that impede inclusion in multinational and conglomerate corporations. She is an expert contributor to major global publishing enterprises, and her work has been featured in top publications.

Odessa gained a MSc in Psychological Sciences with Distinction and secured a First-Class Degree with honours in Organisational Psychology; graduating among the top 5%.
Joint Economic and Social Research Council Studentship
Joint Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Studentship



Odessa teaches post-graduate Biostatistics at UCL. She is also a Behavioural Scientist and guest Lecturer on the LSE Executive MBA programme, directed by Associate Professor Dr Grace Lordan in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

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