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Prof Yvonne Kelly
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1-19 Torrington Place
London
WC1E 6BT
Tel: 020 7679 1632
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Appointment
  • Professor of Lifecourse Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Yvonne gained her BSc in Biological Sciences in 1992 after which she travelled extensively in the US, Australia and Asia. She was awarded her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Liverpool in 1997 and worked as a Research Fellow in Aintree Hospitals Trust before moving to Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL in 1998. During her early years at UCL she was involved in setting up the Millennium Cohort Study. She joined the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies (ICLS) research group at its inception in 2008, and is now the Director of ICLS which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Yvonne has published extensively over the past 25 years in the area of child and adolescent health and development. Prof Kelly is Director of the ESRC funded International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health (ICLS) and is Director of the ESRC-BBSRC Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research.

She leads a large programme of research on children and young people’s health and development, including the following areas of focus:

  • Improving understanding about the causes and consequences of socioeconomic and ethnic inequalities in health with particular attention to the underlying pathways and the processes at play.
  • Understanding influences on young people’s mental health including the potential role of digital technologies
  • The influences of family and broader social contexts for healthy development in childhood including obesity, socioemotional wellbeing and cognitive performance.

Teaching Summary

Yvonne’s teaching roles include postgraduate research, postgraduate taught programmes and undergraduate courses. She is Director of the multidisciplinary ESRC-BBSRC Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research which has been running since 2017. Soc-B is led by UCL in partnership with University of Manchester and University of Essex. Yvonne supervises several PhD students from a variety of academic backgrounds across the social and biological sciences. She co-leads the Social Determinants of Health module on the BSc Population Health degree, and teaches a range of topics including ethnicity and health, lifecourse health and early childhood health and development, on masters level degree programmes in addition to dissertation supervision.

Academic Background
1997   Doctor of Philosophy University of Liverpool
1992   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Salford
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