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Dr Rebecca Lacey
Dept. Epidemiology & Public Health
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: +44 (0) 207 679 1795
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  • Associate Professor
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I completed a PhD in Epidemiology from UCL in 2012 investigating the association between parental separation and adult psychological distress in three British birth cohorts (1946, 1958 and 1970), with a particular focus on the material and relational pathways involved. Prior to this I did a MSc Social Epidemiology also in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL. My undergraduate degree is in Human Biology and Health Studies.

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I am a social epidemiologist who applies a life course approach to understanding the importance of the early family social environment for health across the life course. 

I currently lead the quantitative side of an NIHR funded project with the Children and Families Policy Research Unit on interparental violence, parental substance misuse, parental mental health and effects on children's mental health. In addition to this, I am interested in how informal caring affects health and am a Co-I on a large, European Consortium (EUROCARE) investigating inequalities in informal caring on health and social participation. 

Before these projects I led an ESRC grant on early life adversities and mental health over the life course using large population cohorts (Millennium Cohort Study, 1958 British birth cohort and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children). I was also previously a Co-Investigator on a Nuffield Foundation funded project looking at long-term outcomes of looked after children in the ONS Longitudinal Study and PI on a follow-up project looking at the living arrangements of children in the Northern Ireland and Scottish Longitudinal Studies.

In previous roles I have worked on work-family life courses and how they affect health in the British birth cohorts.

Teaching Summary

Co-Director of MSc Social Epidemiology

Co-lead on MSc module 'Health inequalities across the life course'

Co-lead on MSc module 'Basic statistics for medical sciences'

Lecturer in basic statistics, epidemiology, and health inequalities across the life course.

BSc, MSc and PhD project supervisor

01-OCT-2022 Associate Professor of Lifecourse Epidemiology Epidemiology and Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2020 – 30-SEP-2022 Lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Lifecourse Epidemiology Epidemiology and Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2016 – 31-DEC-2019 Senior Research Associate Epidemiology and Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2012 – 31-JUL-2016 Research Associate Dept. Epidemiology & Public Health University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2017   ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow  
2012   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2008   Master of Science University College London
2007   Bachelor of Science University of Wolverhampton
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