Dr Melanie Morris

BA(Hons) MSc PhD

Assistant Professor
in Cancer Epidemiology


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2854

I graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Psychology and then taught in schools for several years before embarking on an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School. I followed this with a PhD at the School looking at socio-economic differences in women’s use of primary care for fertility problems. Since finishing my PhD, I worked for a year at UCL, in the Health Behaviour Research Centre (now the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health), on a CRUK-funded project developing materials to raise awareness of gynaecological cancers and encourage early presentation to primary care. I returned to LSHTM in May 2012 to work in the Cancer Survival Group on a study into ethnic and deprivation differences in breast cancer survival. Recently, I have been leading the Cancer Policy Programme within the Cancer Survival Group - a small team investigating variations in cancer outcomes in the UK and in comparison with Nordic countries.


Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions


Since starting my PhD, I have taught on the Distance Learning MSc Epidemiology, on the Fundamentals of Epidemiology module, spending four years as Module Organiser for the module Writing and Reviewing Scientific Papers. I still teach on Fundamentals of Epidemiology, running live web-based seminars and marking assignments. I also teach in-house at LSHTM on Extended Epidemiology and I am the co-Module Organiser for the Epidemiology in Practice course. I am Deputy Chair of the MSc Epidemiology Exam Board.


I work as an assistant professor in the Cancer Survival Group, currently leading the Cancer Policy Programme team investigating geographic variation in England of interim cancer outcomes, and whether international differences in survival may be explained by stage and treatment. I am Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions, with responsibility for the Epidemiology theme. 

Research Area
Health inequalities
Health services research
Primary care
Public health
Disease and Health Conditions
United Kingdom
European Union

Selected Publications

Oral Presentation: A novel methodology for constructing ethnic-majority life tables: their importance for measuring inequalities in survival
Morris, M.; Woods, L.M.; Rachet, B.
Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON) conference
Women in an infertility survey responded more by mail but preferred a choice: randomized controlled trial.
Morris, M. ; Edwards, P. ; Doyle, P. ; Maconochie, N. ;
J Clin Epidemiol
Increasing awareness of gynecological cancer symptoms and reducing barriers to medical help seeking: does health literacy play a role?
Boxell, E.M. ; Smith, S.G. ; Morris, M. ; Kummer, S. ; Rowlands, G. ; Waller, J. ; Wardle, J. ; Simon, A.E. ;
J Health Commun
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