Imperial College London


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Hanna Creese is a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Child Health Unit in the Department of Primary Care & Public Health. She is a Social Epidemiologist with interests in health inequalities, mental health, risky health behaviours and obesity in children and young people. She completed her PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London (UCL). Her thesis investigated the associations of psychosocial stressors in the home environment with childhood mental health difficulties and obesity across the first decade of life in members of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). She has an MSc in Social Epidemiology and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology.

Working under the supervision of Professor Sonia Saxena, Hanna leads the Harnessing Data to Improve Child Health work package for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research (SPHR) programme. Her work sits within the Children and Young People’s programme which aims to provide a platform for understanding child health systems, and for evaluating policies and interventions. She uses routinely collected data from Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) and Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), and the MCS, to examine how early years pathways can reduce long-term conditions in children and young people.

Prior to working at ICL, Hanna was the lead researcher on a Public Health Research Consortium project funded by the Department of Health (DH) at University College London (UCL) Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (GOSH ICH). The project investigated the links between cognitive ability/educational achievement and health during childhood and adolescence, with a focus on cognitive ability as a (potentially intervenable) predictor of health/inequalities. The project utilized data from the MCS, secure access education data and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC).



Blackwell J, Saxena S, Jayasooriya N, et al., 2022, Stoma Formation in Crohn's Disease and the Likelihood of Antidepressant Use: A Population-Based Cohort Study., Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol, Vol:20, Pages:e703-e710

Reyes BD, Hargreaves DS, Creese H, 2021, Early-life maternal attachment and risky health behaviours in adolescence: Findings from the United Kingdom Millennium Cohort Study, Bmc Public Health, Vol:21, ISSN:1471-2458, Pages:1-11

Creese H, Lai E, Mason K, et al., 2021, Disadvantage in early-life and persistent asthma in adolescents: a UK cohort study, Thorax, ISSN:0040-6376

Blackwell J, Saxena S, Petersen I, et al., 2021, Depression in individuals who subsequently develop inflammatory bowel disease: a population-based nested case-control study, Gut, Vol:70, ISSN:0017-5749, Pages:1642-1648

Blackwell J, Alexakis C, Saxena S, et al., 2021, The association between antidepressant medication use and steroid dependency in patients with ulcerative colitis: a population-based study, Bmj Open Gastroenterology, Vol:8, ISSN:2054-4774

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