BSc MSC PhD
in Health Economics
I am an economist trained in Brazil and the United Kingdom. I have joined the Department of Clinical Research in 2017 after having spent several years as a student and staff at the Department of Health Services Research and Policy and the Department of Global Health and Development. In 2007, I obtained a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with a thesis focusing on a mixed model (using insights from psychology and economic theory) to predict choices for sanitation in Salvador, Brazil. I am also a researcher and collaborator for the Institute of Community Health of the Federal University of Bahia, the University of Pernambuco and the Alfredo da Matta Foundation, all in Brazil.
Most of my research concerns the economics of infectious diseases (costing and cost-effectiveness analyses of interventions) in Brazil, the United Kingdom and in Africa. Since my thesis, I have developed the interest in behaviour economics models that combine economic and psychology theories, and econometrics and statistical techniques to understand the cognitive processes that individuals use to judge future events (e.g. risk of diseases) and make choices.
Other studies involve the costing and cost-effectiveness analysis of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis interventions, and Chlamydia, syphilis and HIV/AIDS point-of-care tests in Brazil and the United Kingdom. I am also involved in research about Zika virus in Brazil.