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Prof Rebecca Hardy
55-59 Gordon Square
Tel: 02076126023
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  • Professor and Director of CLOSER
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

Rebecca is Director of CLOSER - CLOSER, the home of longitudinal research, brings together world-leading longitudinal studies to maximise their use, value and impact and improve understanding of key biomedical and social challenges.

Prior to taking up the position at CLOSER in 2019, Rebecca was Programme Leader at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, which runs the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD). She joined the NSHD team in 1995 after completing a PhD in Medical Statistics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Research Themes
Research Summary

My research interests are in life course epidemiology. I am interested in the methodology for the analysis of life course and longitudinal data and for cross-cohort comparisons, including data harmonisation.

Specific research topics are: how prenatal development, childhood and adolescent growth influence later health and ageing; the development and consequences of overweight and obesity across life; life course social inequalities in health; women's health. Much of my research uses data from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development, a birth cohort study consisting of individuals born in 1946, and other cohort and longitudinal studies. 

Teaching Summary

 I co-lead the Life Course Module on the BSc in Population Health.

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