Department of Political Science


Eleonora Lob

Ellie Lob
Associate Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods and PhD Researcher in Epidemiology & Psychobiology
Room:  B09, 1-19 Torrington Place   
Email: eleonora.iob.17@ucl.ac.uk 

Eleonora (Ellie) Iob is an Associate Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods and PhD Researcher in Epidemiology & Psychobiology at UCL. Prior to joining UCL in 2017, Eleonora completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Manchester (first class). She was subsequently awarded a full-tuition scholarship to undertake an MSc in Social Statistics and Research Methods at the University of Manchester, which she completed in 2017 achieving a distinction. Alongside her studies, Eleonora has worked as a research assistant on several research projects in Psychology and Epidemiology at UCL and the University of Manchester.
Eleonora has received awards from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the American Psychosomatic Society, and the Society for Social Medicine. Additionally, she is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).


Eleonora’s research seeks to elucidate the interplay between psychosocial, behavioural, and biological factors in the development of common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. She is also interested in the application of data science methods, causal inference analysis, and advanced statistical modelling techniques to advance mental health research. Eleonora receives funding from the Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research (ESRC-BBSRC). Her PhD research investigates neuroendocrine, inflammatory, and genetic mechanisms underlying the associations of adverse childhood experiences with the risk of depression, using observational data from large population-based cohort studies of young people and older adults. Additionally, she is working on a UKRI-funded project looking at pathways from loneliness to depression among vulnerable groups. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Eleonora is also conducting research about the psychological and social effects of the pandemic on mental health and wellbeing, using longitudinal data from the UCL COVID-19 Social study and the ELSA Covid-19 study.

  • Iob, E., Frank, P., Steptoe, A., Fancourt, D., 2020. Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms among Vulnerable Groups in the UK during the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Network Open, 3(10):e2026064. DOI:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.26064.
  • Iob, E., Lacey, R., Steptoe, A., 2020. Adverse Childhood Experiences and Depressive Symptoms in Later Life: Longitudinal Mediation Effects of Inflammation. Brain, Behaviour, and Immunity. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2020.07.045.
  • Iob, E., Steptoe, A., Fancourt, D., 2020. Abuse, Self-harm and Suicidal Ideation in the UK during the COVID-19 Pandemic. British Journal of Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2020.130.
  • Iob, E., Schoeler, T., Cecil, C. M., Walton, E., McQuillin, A., Pingault, J., 2020. Identifying Risk Factors involved in the Common versus Specific Liabilities to Substance Abuse: A genetically informed approach. Addiction Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/adb.12944
  • Iob, E., Lacey, R., Steptoe, A., 2019. The Long-term Association of Adverse Childhood Experiences with C-reactive Protein and Hair Cortisol: Cumulative Risk versus Dimensions of Adversity. Brain, Behaviour, and Immunity, 87, 318-328. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2019.12.019
  • Iob, E., Kirschbaum, C., Steptoe, A., 2019. Persistent Depressive Symptoms, HPA-axis Hyperactivity, and Inflammation: The Role of Cognitive-Affective and Somatic Symptoms. Molecular Psychiatry, 25, 1130-1140. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41380-019-0501-6
  • Iob, E., Steptoe, A., 2019. Cardiovascular Disease and Hair Cortisol: A novel biomarker of chronic stress. Current Cardiology Reports, 21:116. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11886-019-1208-7.
  • Iob, E., Kirschbaum, C., Steptoe, A., 2018. Positive and Negative Social Support and HPA-axis Hyperactivity: Evidence from Glucocorticoids in Human Hair. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 96, 100-108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.06.008.
  • In the Department of Political Science, Eleonora leads seminars and computer-based /online classes in Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis for undergraduate and postgraduate students on the Q-Step programme and the Political Science MSc.
  • She also delivers lectures in Statistics and supervises research projects on the Health.