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Miss Esme Elsden
University College London
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
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Appointment
  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
  • Senior Post Graduate Assistant in Quantitative Research Methods
  • Dept of Political Science
  • Faculty of S&HS
  • Senior Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
  • Arts and Sciences (BASc)
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Senior Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
  • Arts and Sciences (BASc)
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Research Summary
My PhD project explores the role social and genetic factors play in changes or stability of psychological distress across time and place. Study 1 focuses on using the PISA dataset to understand whether there is a homogenous social gradient in psychological distress outcomes across 72 countries including ~500,000 15- to 16-year-olds in 2018. This study uses cross-sectional big data to better understand the prevalence and heterogeneity of contexts using meta-analysis methods. Study 2 uses the U.K. British Birth Cohorts from 1946, 1958, 1970 and 2000 to better understand the role genetics play in changes in psychological distress liability by age, cohort and whether this fluctuates on a social gradient. This study uses longitudinal and genetic epidemiology methods to tease out how much the environment is contributing to increased psychological distress in the British population since 1946, when accounting for genetic predisposition. Study 3 uses the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe to explore distributional changes in  ~30,000 older people‚Äôs mental health across 27 European countries between 2004 and 2020.dinal methods. Cross-sectionally GAMLSS are used to better understand the location, scale and shape of psychological distress by age, country and socioeconomic risk factors. Longitudinally stability or change in psychological distress will be explored over time by country.
Teaching Summary
PGTA on: 

BASc BASC0004 Object Lessons: Communicating Knowledge through Collections

BASc BASC0055 The Art and Science of Public Health

POLS0013 Measurement in Data Science

MSc IEHC0045 Epidemiology

MASc BASC0052 Research Methods in Arts and Sciences

MSc IEHC0044 Advanced Statistical Modelling

Appointments
01-JAN-2022 Research Assistant Political Economy King's College London, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2021 Research Associate Arts and Sciences University College London, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2019 – 01-JUN-2020 Research Assistant Biosciences University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
  BASc Arts and Sciences (Hons) University College London
  MSc Health Psychology (Dist) University College London
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