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Dr Ellie Iob
1-19 Torrington Place
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  • Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Statistics
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Eleonora (Ellie) Iob is a Wellcome Research Fellow at King’s College London (KCL) and Lecturer/Honorary Research Fellow in Epidemiology & Statistics at University College London (UCL). Prior to joining UCL, Eleonora completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Social Statistics at the University of Manchester. She subsequently undertook a PhD in Epidemiology & Psychobiology at UCL, funded by the Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research (ESRC-BBSRC). Alongside her PhD, Eleonora worked as an Associate Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods, and she undertook postdoctoral work at UCL.

Eleonora has received awards and research funding from the Wellcome Trust, 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 and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Eleonora’s research seeks to elucidate the complex interplay between psychosocial, behavioural, and biological factors in the development of common mental health problems across the life course. She is particularly interested in the application of innovative data science methods and statistical modelling techniques to advance mental health research. Eleonora is currently leading a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship (2021-2025) at KCL. Her fellowship project aims to apply a variety of causal inference methods (e.g. Mendelian Randomisation, G-methods, twin designs) to test the role of physical activity in promoting resilience against stress-related psychopathology and biological responses in young people, using data from various longitudinal cohort studies (e.g. ALSPAC, Generation R, Millennium Cohort Study, E-Risk).

Her PhD at UCL was supervised by Prof Andrew Steptoe and investigated the neuroendocrine, inflammatory, and gene-environment mechanisms underlying the relationship between childhood adversity and depression in young people and older adults, using data from ELSA, ALSPAC, and TEDS. At UCL, Eleonora is also researching the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health, wellbeing, and health behaviours of the population, using data from the ELSA COVID-19 study.

Teaching Summary

Eleonora has expertise in various statistical methods for the analysis of longitudinal biosocial data and several years of experience teaching Statistics and Quantitative Research Methods. As part of her role as a Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, Eleonora contributes to the delivery of training courses on Statistics and Longitudinal Data Analysis aimed at MSc/PhD students and research staff (R and Stata). She is also involved in the development and delivery of new training courses on Data Science aimed at quantitative biosocial researchers as part of the Rigorous Training in Longitudinal Data Science (RADIANCE) programme, led by Professor Bianca De Stavola and Dr Paola Zaninotto. Furthermore, she is involved in the supervision of research projects for the Health Psychology MSc and rotation projects for the Soc-B PhD programme. At KCL, she coordinates and teaches research methods courses, and she supervises research projects for the Developmental Psychology & Psychopathology MSc. 

Academic Background
  BSc Hons BSc in Psychology  
  MSc MSc in Social Statistics  
  PhD PhD in Epidemiology and Psychobiology  
2019   ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow University College London
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