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Personal Statement

I am a statistician, with a 5-year chancellor’s fellowship award, collaborating with researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists and consultants in the NHS and international partners on data driven solutions to problems in public health and epidemiology.  My work has helped to shape public health policy, in particular my work evaluating the impact of the HPV vaccination has provided the evidence base for vaccine and cervical screening policy in Scotland and contributed to the international evidence base.

In light of this research, I was awarded the 2018 Royal Society of Edinburgh Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal for recognition of my “outstanding, internationally renowned research in public health epidemiology and health informatics”.

My publications span the fields of statistics, informatics, medicine and epidemiology with publications in top-raking journals such as Lancet Infectious Diseases and the BMJ. My statistical expertise lies in the analysis and modelling of large observational health datasets with research interest in the fields of public health epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology and digital health.

With my research expertise, highly cited articles and high impact publications, and growing research group, I am collaborating with colleagues to create an internationally renowned centre in statistical epidemiology and health informatics, spanning the departments of Mathematics and Statistics, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science and Computer and Information Science.

I am an active contributor to my statistical community, elected to the Council of the Royal Statistical Society in 2014, where I currently hold the post of honorary officer for conferencing and events with responsibility for organisation and strategy of their international conference.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde

Bachelor of Science, University of Strathclyde

External positions

Honorary statistician, NHS National Services Scotland

1 Apr 201531 Mar 2017

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Projects 2009 2021

Research Output 2008 2018

  • 870 Citations
  • 42 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Chapter
Open Access
National Health Programs

Improving predictive asthma algorithms with modelled environment data for Scotland: an observational cohort study protocol

Soyiri, I. N., Sheikh, A., Reis, S., Kavanagh, K., Vieno, M., Clemens, T., Carnell, E. J., Pan, J., King, A., Beck, R. C., Ward, H. J. T., Dibben, C., Robertson, C. & Simpson, C. R. 1 May 2018 In : BMJ Open. 8, 5, 5 p., e023289

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Observational Studies
Cohort Studies
Primary Health Care


Prize-winning presenter at Young Statisticians Meeting 2010

Kimberley Kavanagh (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Royal Society of Edinburgh 2018 Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal

Kimberley Kavanagh (Recipient), 6 Aug 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Natural Science Disciplines
Public Health

Activities 2008 2017

  • 3 Membership of committee
  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 2 Organiser of major conference
  • 1 Membership of council

Royal Statistical Society (External organisation)

Kavanagh, K. (Chair)

Activity: Membership of committee

Royal Statistical Society Conference 2017

Kavanagh, K. (Organiser)

Activity: Organiser of major conference