UCL Institute of Health Informatics


Kate Lewis

PhD Student

Institute of Health Informatics
Faculty of Population Health Sciences

Academic Backround

2016, MSc Social Epidemiology, UCL

2011, BA Psychology, Trinity College Dublin

Research summary

My research focuses on: "Pathways from socioeconomic deprivation to bronchiolitis and subsequent childhood asthma".

Abstract: My PhD uses administrative health data from England and Scotland to investigate the aetiology and pathways to respiratory ill-health in children, with a particular focus on those at socioeconomic disadvantage. The aim of this work is to determine the factors that mediate or confound the pathway between parental socioeconomic deprivation, early respiratory infection and asthma/wheeze in mid-childhood. This work will present options amenable to intervention to reduce the burden or respiratory ill-health in children overall, and reduce the gap between the poorest and richest socio-economic groups.


Lewis KM, Pikhart H, Morrison J Does adiposity mediate the relationship between socioeconomic position and non-allergic asthma in childhood? J Epidemiol Community Health 2018;72:390-396. DOI: 10.1136/jech-2017-209722

Lewis, K.M., Ruiz, M., Goldblatt, P. et al. Mother’s education and offspring asthma risk in 10 European cohort studies. Eur J Epidemiol (2017) 32: 797.