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University of Stirling


Dr Catherine Best

Lecturer Statistician

Health Sciences Stirling University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Catherine Best

About me

I have a BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Manchester and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Division of Psychiatry on the neuropsychology of autistic traits in young people with additional learning support needs. I have been a health researcher for over 15 years and have worked across a range of research topics including delayed discharge and repeat admission to hospital, assistive technology for cognition, shared decsion making interventions for people with mental health problems, evaluating smoking cessation services, care pathways for people with psychiatric or self-harm emergencies, tobacco and e-cigarette use in young people.

My interests are mainly methodological and my focus is on the use of quantitative methods in health research. I specialise in applying multivariate statistical techniques to the analysis of health data. I am particularly interested in the use of secondary data sources, mainly survey data and routinely collected health service data, and the production of high quality, replicable analyses. I am also interested in the use of quantitaitve methods for systematic review and research synthesis.

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