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Dr Paola Zaninotto
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 02076791668
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  • Associate Professor
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I obtained a first class honours 4-year BSc in Statistics in 2003 from the University La Sapienza of Rome. In 2006 I completed an MSc in Research Methods and Statistics (City University London) for which I was awarded a distinction. In the same year I started a PhD (part-time) on "Gender differences in quality of life and depression among older people living with coronary heart disease" under the supervision of Professor Amanda Sacker. The thesis involved secondary analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and Whitehall II data and addressed methodological issues such as missing data in longitudinal studies and self-report bias of measures of chronic conditions.

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Research Summary

My main area of research concerns statistical methods for the analysis of longitudinal data, in particular structural equation models, multilevel models, survival models and methods for dealing with missing data. In 2006 I joined the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (https://www.elsa-project.ac.uk) team and I am now a member of the ELSA management group.

My research focuses on healthy life expectancy, work and retirement, trajectories of physical health and well-being at older ages. I also use data from the Health Survey for England, Understanding Society, The 1946 Cohort Study, Whitehall II Study, the Health and Retirement Study in US, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, SLOSH, the Finnish Public Sector Study and GAZEL.


I am a member of the Integrated Datasets in Europe for Ageing Research (IDEAR) network which brings together leading occupational cohort and ageing studies from five European countries to explore the impact of working conditions on health and well-being in later life. http://www.idear-net.net

I am Associate Editor for the BMC Public Health, Biostatistics and Methods.

Teaching Summary

Teaching statistics is a major part of my academic life. I am the leader and lecturer for the Regression Modelling module and I contribute to teaching on the module Basic Statistics for the Master students. 

I organise and deliver short courses in statistics for PhD students across UCL: Longitudinal Data Analysis, Research Methods for Quantitative Data, Missing and Multiple Imputation for Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Data, Research Methods for Multilevel Data. https://doctoral-skills.ucl.ac.uk/list-training.pht

I supervise the projects of MSc and PhD students.


I am the lead of the "Populations, people and data across the life course"  theme of the UCL Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mrc-dtp/

I lead the Network for Applied Statisticians in Health (NASH) with Professors Bianca DeStavola and Irene Petersen

01-OCT-2017 Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics Epidemiology and Public Health  , United Kingdom
01-AUG-2012 – 30-SEP-2017 Lecturer in Statistics Epidemiology and Public Health  , United Kingdom
01-OCT-2009 – 31-JUL-2012 Senior Research Associate in Statistics Epidemiology and Public Health  , United Kingdom
10-JAN-2005 – 30-SEP-2009 Research Associate in Statistics Epidemiology and Public Health  , United Kingdom
Academic Background
2006   Master of Science  
    ATQ01 - Successfully completed an institutional provision in teaching in the HE sector  
2012   Doctor of Philosophy  
2003   Bachelor of Science Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
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