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Director and Associate Director

Amanda Sacker
Professor of Lifecourse Studies, UCL
ICLS Director

Professor Sacker's research focuses on social inequalities in health and life-course social epidemiology.

Her particular interests are the statistical modelling of complex longitudinal processes and the developmental origins of poor physical and mental health in adult life.

She is currently working on several cross-national projects that examine how different policy contexts moderate effects on health throughout life.

She took over as director of ICLS from Professor Mel Bartley in January 2013 (25/03/13).

Amanda Sacker
Yvonne Kelly
Professor Lifecourse Epidemiology,UCL
ICLS Deputy Director

Professor  Kelly leads work on health and development during childhood and adolescence.

Of particular interest are: i)the causes and consequences of social and ethnic inequalities ii) the ways in which familial and broader social contextual influences combine to shape health and development, iii)the uptake and retention of health related behaviours during late childhood and adolescence, iv) the links between early life exposures e.g. drinking and smoking in pregnancy, birthweight and infant feeding and later health and development.

To do this work she makes use of longitudinal datasets including the Millennium Cohort Study, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, the 1958 and 1970 Birth Cohort Studies. (25/03/13).

Yvonne Kelly

Staff / Visiting Fellows /Current Students 

Mel Bartley
Professor Emerita of Medical Sociology, UCL

Professor Bartley's work has included research on health inequalities in men and women, with particular emphasis on measurement of social position and circumstances, and the relationships of unemployment and social mobility to health. Her book "Health Inequality: an introduction" is widely used in teaching and a second, extensively revised edition will be out later this year.

Her current  interests include the effect of life-course processes on social and health advantage, disadvantage and resilience, and how these are influenced by economic and social policies.

Her blog is called "Social-Biological musings" reflecting the exciting new directions in social research to include biomarkers, and her Twitter name is @melb4886/

Professor Bartley is the former director of ICLS 2008 - 2012.

Mel Bartley
David Blane
Professor Emeritus of Imperial College London.
Honorary Professor, UCL

Professor Blane has a background in medicine and social science. 

His general research interests include: health inequalities; life course studies; social gerontology. 

Current specific research interests include: causes of increase in life expectancy at middle age; social-biological transitions; measurement of social class after labour market exit.

Professor Blane is the former ICLS Co-Director (2008 - 20012) and a member and former (2011) Director of organising committee of European summer school on longitudinal and life course research (25/03/12).




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Noriko Cable
Senior Research Fellow, UCL

Dr. Cable's research investigates social determinants of mental health and alcohol misuse across lifecourse and compares international differences in the relationship (26/03/13).

Noriko Cable

Tarani Chandola

Professor of Medical Sociology, CCSR, University of Manchester

Professor Chandola's research investigates the close link between educational attainment and health by analysing  the life-course effects of education on health and social participation, using the British Birth Cohort Studies.
Tarani Chandola
Hanna-Marie Creese
ESRC Research Student (2014-)
Hanna’s research interests include inequalities in childhood and mental health across the lifecourse.

She is currently exploring the longitudinal effect of psychosocial stressors in the home environment on childhood obesity and social-emotional development in the first decade of life using the Millennium Cohort Study.
Hanna-Marie Creese
Patricia Crowley
Project / Communications Manager
Tricia is responsible for the development and implementation of the Centre's Impact Strategy and the day-to-day running of the Centre along with Christine Swift.
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Zaynab Ismail
ICLS Administrator p/t
Zaynab joined the group in April 2016 and is responsible for the day to day running of the Centre. She has previously held an administrative post within the  evidENT team at the UCL Ear Institute.
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Meena Kumari
Professor of Biological and Social Epidemiology, Essex University
Research interests: Ageing; Cardiovascular genetics; Life course health and wellbeing; Social determinants of healthy ageing; Work stress.
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Anne McMunn, Senior Lecturer, UCL
Dr. McMunn leads on work on changing gender divisions of labour and family forms in relation to health and well-being across the life course, using data from all four of the British birth cohort studies. In addition, Dr. McMunn continues her work on the social determinants of healthy ageing in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). Dr McMunn is the Graduate Tutor for the UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care (25/03/13).

Anne McMunn
Scott Montgomery
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology,
Orebro University Hospital, with an attachment to Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Professor Montgomery’s research includes how early life factors combine with later exposures to influence disease risk. This work is divided into two broad areas: - metabolic disease including type 2 diabetes and obesity, as well as cardiovascular disease; -immune mediated disease such as multiple sclerosis and allergic sensitisation. Understanding the cultural and material factors influencing disease risk in both areas of research is central to this work (25/03/13).

Scott Montgomery
Gopal Netuveli
Professor of Public Health, UEL

Professor Gopal Netuveli has a background in natural and clinical sciences with research interests in epidemiology, public health, health services, social epidemiology and social policy.

The subject areas of his research include quality of life, ageing, resilience, health inequalities, mental health, chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes, oral health, medical errors, cross national comparisons and welfare state policies.

His research tends to assume a life course perspective and the use of longitudinal data and he has interest and expertise in quantitative research methods.

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Tahera Razavi
ESRC Research Student (2014 -)
Tahera's research interests are work life balance and cortisol. She is currently investigating the longitudinal association between work-family conflict and diurnal cortisol patterns in members of the Whitehall II study Razavi Sayyada
Sol Richardson
ESRC Research Student (2014 -)
Sol Richardson’s PhD research project aims to identify the longitudinal and country-level lifecourse determinants of resilience in early old age following exit from the labour market or other adverse life events using data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA).
Sol Richardson
Alison Sizer
ESRC Research Student (2013 -)
Alison Sizer's research interest is the effect of lifetime unemployment on cognitive decline. She is currently investigating the association between cognitive decline, unemployment and activities carried out during employment gaps, in members of the National Health and Development Study. As part of this research she will be building activity histories for the study's current members from age 16 - 64 years. Alison Sizer
Elizabeth Webb
Research Associate, UCL
Dr Webb  is a social epidemiologist leading ICLS work investigating the effect of transitions within families on health and well-being of child and adult family members. Her research interests also include investigating the relationships with health and well-being of family and relationships, housing and the use of active and public transport across the life course. She makes use of longitudinal data from ELSA and UKHLS to address her research interests. Elizabeth was awarded her doctorate by UCL in 2009 and prior to this studied for an MSc in epidemiology at LSHTM (26/03/13).

Elizabeth Webb
Nan Zhang
Research Associate, University of Manchester
Nan’s broad research interests are in exploring the social determinants of health inequalities, with a focus on life course approach, neighbourhood effects, child health and wellbeing. Her current project is to examine the effect of working conditions over the life course on biomarkers associated with stress and wellbeing using Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study. Prior to joining UCL, she completed her PhD at University of Manchester in 2015.  NAN5
Afshin Zilanawala
Research Associate, UCL

Afshin’s research interests center on the family as a key mechanism in the production of ethnic and class inequalities in children’s health and development. She focuses on the influence of familial social and economic resources on child wellbeing utilizing British and American cohort studies. Prior joining UCL, she completed her PhD at Columbia University in 2012.(29/07/14).

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