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Dr Anna Pearce
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • ICH Pop, Policy & Practice Prog
  • Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

I have a background in social science, having studied in the areas of Geography and Population Studies (BSc) and Demography in Health (MSc). I joined the Centre for Policy Research in 2004 and during my time here have worked on a number of research projects related to child health inequalities. My PhD, which was carried out as part of the Public Health Research Consortium, aimed to explore how policies in the early years might influence health inequalities using data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). As a post-doc I have led on two projects under the Department of Health Policy Research Unit for the Health of Children, Young People and Families. For the first I explored the relationship between family structure and child health in the MCS, and the extent to which any associations might be explained by policy amenable factors, such as poverty. The second piece of work aimed to investigate the potential of cross-country comparisons for informing policy development and evaluation.

Research Themes
Research Summary

In January 2013 I commenced an MRC Population Health Scientist fellowship. During this three year project I will take a longitudinal and cross-national approach to gain a better understanding of why children from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to experience poor health than those from more advantaged backgrounds, and how policy might intervene. I will use data from large and contemporary national cohorts in the UK (the Millennium Cohort Study) and Australia (the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children) to contrast the social patterning of child health between the two countries, and the pathways through which socio-economic circumstances influence children's health. I also plan to consider why health inequalities emerge early on, through analysing data from a recent women's cohort in the UK (the Southampton Women’s Survey, which has collected information on mothers before and during pregnancy and their offspring throughout infancy and childhood). Findings will be used to inform UK and international policy development for the reduction of child health inequalities.

Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Public Health and Epidemiology University College London
2004 MSc Master of Science – Demography and Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2002 BSc Bachelor of Science – Geography and Population Studies London School of Economics and Political Science
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