Every few months we like to highlight one of our many talented PhD students in ScHARR and share the work they are undertaking as part of their Thesis and this month it's Jennifer Boyd.
"I am going into the third year of the Wellcome Trust DTC programme in ScHARR, which falls under HEDS and Public Health. Before starting the programme, I graduated with a MSc in Health Psychology from the University of St Andrews. My PhD aims to use computer
simulation techniques, specifically agent-based modelling to understand inequitable alcohol-related harm outcomes between socioeconomic groups. The modelling work will attempt to incorporate macroeconomic factors at the structural level and individual level processes to understand the causal mechanisms of this complex phenomenon. This follows on from the recent and ongoing work in the CASCADE project https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/cascade.
My supervisors are Professor Robin Purshouse (ACSE) and Professor John Holmes (ScHARR). A real advantage of being part of the Wellcome programme is the opportunity to work across disciplines, bringing together knowledge and methods from different subject areas to create novel research projects. I thoroughly enjoyed taking modules from the HEDM masters in the training year of the programme. These modules, specifically Advanced Simulation, have provided me with the confidence and skills to continue learning how to develop more complex models. I have been fortunate enough to be part of the Wellcome network and the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG) which has provided me with great opportunities for collaboration and disseminating my own research.