UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health


Dr Emma Beard

Dr Emma Beard



1-19 Torrington Place


  • Senior Research Associate
    Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL


Emma has a particular interest in statistical methodology, which includes time series analysis, Bayesian analysis and advanced regression methodologies. A large amount of her research involves the analysis of large data sets (e.g. the Alcohol Toolkit Study and Smoking Toolkit Study), but she has also worked on interventions, meta-analyses, qualitative studies and smaller community based surveys.

Award year Qualification Institution
2014 MSc
Master of Science
Medical Statistics
King's College London
2013 Cert.
Certificate in Learning and Teaching
Institute of Education
2011 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
University College London
2008 MS
Master of Science
Health Psychology
King's College London
2007 BSc Hons
Bachelor of Science
Experimental Psychology
University of Bristol

After completing her BSc in Experimental Psychology and MSc in Health Psychology, Dr Emma Beard was awarded her PhD in 2011 from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London (UCL). She subsequently undertook an MSc in Medical Statistics and was awarded Graduate Statistician Status in 2014. The same year she was awarded a fellowship from the NIHR SPHR and now works as a Senior Research Fellow across two departments (Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology and Behavioural Science and Health) at UCL. Her current work focuses on the analysis of data from the Smoking and Alcohol Toolkit Studies, which are population surveys of adults aged 16+. She has over 70 publications on a variety of topics, with a key focus on tobacco harm reduction, high-risk alcohol consumption and statistical methodology. Emma has presented at both national and international conferences, is a deputy statistics and methodology advisor for Addiction and teaches across a number of MSc and BSc courses in psychology, behavioural science and statistics.