Dr Melanie Morris
BA(Hons) MSc PhD
15-17 Tavistock Place
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, and then leading the Cancer Policy Programme - a small team investigating variations in cancer outcomes in the UK and in comparison with Nordic countries.
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, setting exams and marking assignments. I also teach in-house at LSHTM on Extended Epidemiology and I was co-Module Organiser for the Epidemiology in Practice course on the MSc Epidemiology until 2017. I now co-organise Issues in Public Health for the MSc Public Health.
I co-supervise a PhD student, jointly with Birkbeck as part of the Bloomsbury Studentship programme, working on decision-making around the receipt of chemotherapy in stage III colon cancer patients. I am interested in supervising students working on cancer epidemiology.
I am Deputy Exam Board chair for the Distance Learning MSc Epidemiology.
I now work in the Health Services Research and Policy department. I worked on the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership, aiming to establish which health system factors may explain some of the differences in cancer survival seen between countries with comparable health systems. I now work in the Clinical Effectiveness Unit, joint with the Royal College of Surgeons, as lead epidemiologist for the National Prostate Cancer Audit.
I am Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions, with responsibility for the Epidemiology theme, seminars and the student group.