Dr Olivia Hamilton
- Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
Olivia is a Research Associate at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. She currently works across two different projects employing both qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate inequalities in health.
As part of the team delivering an NIHR development grant exploring options for radical reform of the Scottish welfare system, Olivia works with a range of stakeholders to theorise the relationship between income supplementation and health, and to identify which policy options are of most importance to policymakers, decision-makers from the third sector, and those with lived experience of income insecurity.
Alongside this work, Olivia analyses longitudinal cohort data and linked administrative datasets as part of the National Core Studies - a programme of research established to inform the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Olivia has a diverse research background; before joining the SPHSU in August 2021, Olivia gained her PhD in Translational Neuroscience at The University of Edinburgh (supported by the Wellcome Trust). Her thesis aimed to advance current understanding of the cognitive changes associated with cerebrovascular dysfunction in older age, specifically those associated with cerebral small vessel disease, a disease that causes approximately 20% of strokes worldwide and contributes to all major forms of dementia.
Previously, Olivia completed a BA in English Language at Cardiff University, before gaining an MSc in Language Sciences (with specialisation in Linguistics with Neuroscience) at University College London. Prior to starting her PhD, Olivia worked as a research assistant on the MARQUE project, carrying out structured interviews to investigate the quality of life of people with dementia living in care homes and implementing a staff training intervention for the management of agitation in residents with dementia.
Research interests: Health inequalities, social determinants of health, brain health
Expertise: Qualitative and participatory methods (including participatory systems mapping, structured interviews, focus groups); quantitative methods (including structural equation modelling, analysis of large cohort and linked datasets)
Professional activities & recognition
Selected international presentations
- 2020: British Pharmacological Society Annual Conference: Pharmacology 2020 (Online due to COVID-19)
- 2019: Joint World Stroke Organisation/European Stroke Organisation Conference (Milan, Italy)