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Prof Katie Harron
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  • Professor of Statistics
  • Population, Policy & Practice Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Katie completed her MSc in Statistics and the University of Sheffield and her PhD in Statistics at UCL. She was then awarded a Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowship, which she undertook at the London School of Hygiene and the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences ,Toronto, Canada. 


Katie returned to the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health as an Associate Professor in2018 and became Professor of Statistics and Health Data Science in 2022. 


Katiewas awarded the Royal Statistical Society Wood Medal in 2021. The Wood Medal was established in memory of the statistician Frances Wood OBE (1883–1919). It is awarded every three years to a fellow of the Society for excellent contributions to economic or social statistics. 

Research Themes
Research Summary

Katie’s research falls into two main areas. Her methodological research focuses on the development of statistical methods for data linkage, and particularly for evaluating the quality of linkage. Her research develops methods to exploit the rich data that are collected about populations as we interact with services throughout our lives. Katie leads the ECHILD Research Database which links data from health, education and children's social care services for all children in England. This work facilitates the wider use of population-based administrative and electronic data sources for epidemiological research, to support clinical trials, and to inform policy. 

Katie’s applied research focuses on exploiting existing data sources to improve services for mothers and families, and particularly vulnerable families. Her aim is to improve our understanding of the health of individuals from birth to young adulthood. Her current research projects are using national linked data from health, education and social care to evaluate and explore variation in Health Visiting across England, and to understand the impacts of Special Educational Needs provision on child health. Katie is passionate about increasing the public understanding of using administrative data for research. 

Katie's work involves collaborations with a number of key stakeholders for national data, including the Office for National Statistics, NHS England, and the Department for Education. She is a BMJ Statistical Editor and a Royal Statistical Society Council member. 

Teaching Summary

Katie is a module leader for Evidence Based Child Health (MSc Paediatrics and Child Health,  MRes in Child Health), and a course leader for the NCRM Introduction to Data Linkage. She supervises a number of PhD students and is Co-theme lead for the UCL-Birkbeck MRC DTP (Health of the Public theme). 

Academic Background
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2009   Master of Science University of Sheffield
2007   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Newcastle upon Tyne
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