Dr Silviya Nikolova

Profile

Dr Silviya Nikolova is a Lecturer in Health Economics at the Academic Unit of Health Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Her research focuses on health and social care services evaluation. Her research uses quantitative methods applied to large data sets including routine NHS data. She is a member of NIHR HS&DR Prioritisation Committee since July 2018.

Her present teaching activity is focused on training of PhD students who are undertaking research in diabetes and hospital pay-for-performance.

Research interests

Primary focus is on the evaluation of complex interventions particularly those which span the health and social care sector. Many of these studies are undertaken using observational data, including routine NHS data, which calls for a different set of methods accounting for heterogeneity, endogeneity, missingness of data and attrition among other issues.

Understanding behavioural response to health shocks is also of particular interest. The dynamic nature of the process fits within the conceptual framework of management and self-management of long-term conditions.

Health provider response to incentives is also of a considerable interest. Evaluating provider response can assist in understanding how a large, publicly-funded system works.

Silviya is enthusiastic about interdisciplinary research intrinsic to the nature of health sciences. Integrating insights from different subject areas produces a wider understanding to which Silviya strives to bring quantitative rigour and economics perspective.

Qualifications

  • PhD Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Professional memberships

  • NIHR HS&DR prioritisation board - July 2018

Student education

Her present teaching activity is focused on training of PhD students who are undertaking research in diabetes and hospital pay-for-performance.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Applied Health Econometrics Group
  • Health economics
  • Academic Unit of Health Economics

Current postgraduate researchers

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