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Dr Pia Horvat
1-19 Torrington Pl
Tel: 020 7679 3257
  • Research Associate
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I currently work on an international collaborative project on healthy ageing, ATHLOS. The aim of this research is to achieve a better understanding of ageing by identifying patterns of ageing trajectories over time and their determinants in order to inform clinical and public health interventions. The ultimate goal is to re-define ‘old age’ based on characteristics other than just chronological age to improve prediction and guide policy recommendations. My work involves analysing large data sets and application of a range of statistical methods, including longitudinal data modelling and causal inference methodology. I have knowledge of social survey methodology, and experience of survey questionnaire development. 

I am also involved with PrivMort, a project assessing the impact of privatization on the mortality crisis in Eastern Europe. This research utilized an indirect demographic method which collects interview data on the deaths of relatives to estimate key population mortality parameters in an innovative way by selecting one-company towns that were privatized in a radical way, and matching them with towns which had a different privatization experience. This enables us to directly study the effects of large-scale political, economic and organizational change on population health. 

I have previously worked on CHANCES (Consortium on Health and Ageing: Network of Cohorts in Europe and the United States), a large scale collaborative project on ageing, and BiomarCaRE (Biomarker for Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in Europe), a research project examining established and novel biomarkers for cardiovascular risk prediction. Both projects were funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme, 


Prior to joining UCL, I worked in the third sector and completed a placement at the European Commission in Brussels. I have also been involved in various consultancy projects.

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I assist with teaching on Masters and PhD-level statistics courses for health and social sciences. 

Academic Background
2014 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology and Public Health University College London
2009 MSc Master of Science – Sociology University of Oxford
2008 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Human Sciences University of Oxford
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