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The YSS Committee 2019 are…

Lucy Teece [Chair], Kevin Brosnan [Vice Chair], Emily Granger [Secretary], Maria Dunbar [Meetings Secretary], Altea Lorenzo-Arribas
[Social Media & Communications manager], Craig Anderson, Liz Buckingham-Jeffery, Sritika Chowdhury, Shikta Das, Katie Fisher, Beatriz Goulao , Gareth McCray, Sarah Nevitt

Please see below for our individual profiles!

Lucy Teece [Chair] is a Research Associate in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester. Her research interests include prognostic modelling, survival analysis, and competing risks. She joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2015, and became Chair of the Committee at the beginning of 2019.


Kevin Brosnan [Vice Chair] is a Data Scientist with First Data – attempting to eradicate electronic payment fraud in real-time production environments. His research interests include improving statistical toolkits for medical diagnostics and ensuring fair play in elite athletics. Kevin joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2017, was the Secretary for 2018 and moved to Vice Chair in 2019.


Emily Granger [Secretary] is a PhD student in medical statistics from the University of Manchester. Her research involves developing new diagnostics for propensity score analyses which can be used to justify that the treatment effect estimate obtained using a propensity score is unbiased. She joined the YSS committee in 2018.

Maria Dunbar

Maria Dunbar [Meetings Secretary] is a Trainee at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. She has previously worked at Public Health England and the World Health Organization. She enjoys using statistical modelling in public health. Her research interests are within health protection, in particular environmental epidemiology, infectious diseases and One Health approaches. She joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2018.


Altea Lorenzo-Arribas [Social Media & Communications Manager]  is a socio-economic statistician at Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) working with the Social Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) group at the James Hutton Institute and the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen. She is also a final year PhD student at the University of Southampton developing statistical methods for the analysis of ordinal response data. Altea joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2018.

Craig Anderson is a Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Glasgow as part of the Environmental Statistics group. His main research interests lie in developing statistical methodology for health data, with a focus on health inequalities both in Scotland and globally. His research topics include spatial statistics, disease mapping and child growth modelling.

Liz Buckingham-Jeffery is a research associate in the School of Maths at the University of Manchester. Broadly, her research involves developing models of infectious diseases and analysing disease surveillance data. Currently, she is working on lung cancer treatment data and developing a model of HIV. 

Sritika Chowdhury is a statistician working at Transport Research Laboratory. She works on a range of projects including understanding young and novice driver behaviour, driver distraction and workload, and collision analysis. She joined the YSS Committee in 2019.


Shikta Das, a Research Associate in Epidemiology at UCL, has expertise in statistical modelling, genetics and bioinformatics, randomised clinical trials (RCT) with specialisation in statistical consulting, research design and research project management. The main focus of her research was to develop longitudinal growth models, cohort data analysis and genetic association studies, exploring putative role of environmental prenatal, postnatal and adulthood factors associating with early growth in response to programming in utero and metabolic syndrome diseases, such as, Obesity and Cardio-Vascular Diseases.Shikta joined the YSS committee in 2018.


Katie Fisher is a government statistician, working at Defra on waste statistics. She has recently joined the civil service from academia, having previously completed a PhD in behavioural ecology and post-doctoral position in population ecology at the University of Leeds. She joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2016.


Gareth McCray is a research associate at Keele University. His research involves creating tools to unbiasedly measure the development of 0-3 year-old children in countries across the world. Methodologically, his work utilises various flavours of Item Response Theory (IRT) models. He joined the YSS Committee in 2018.


Sarah Nevitt is a Medical Statistician at the University of Liverpool. Sarah works on a range of projects including evidence synthesis for the Cochrane Collaboration, critical appraisal for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, analysis of clinical trials and statistical consultancy. She joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2015 and was Chair of the Committee for 2017 and 2018.

Beatriz Goulao works as a Research Fellow (statistician) at the Health Services Research unit since 2014. She has been enrolled as a part-time PhD student in Applied Health Sciences in the University of Aberdeen since 2015. She joined the Committee in January 2019.


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