John O'Dwyer


I am a Research Fellow in Health Economics with research interests in economic evaluation of health interventions; patient preferences and patient reported outcome measures (PROMs). I joined the Academic Unit of Health Economics in 2012, having completed an MSc in Health Economics at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. I previously worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Economics, UCC. Prior to this I worked outside academia in BNY Mellon (Ireland & Luxembourg).

I was awarded a National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Fellowship in 2017, and began my PhD in January 2018. My research centres on methods of estimating health-related quality of life, specifically for adults with learning disabilities.

Supervisors: Dr David Meads, Professor Louise Bryant, Professor Claire Hulme  and Professor Paul Kind

Research interests

I am a co-applicant and health economist on a number of NIHR- and charity-funded research projects.

Research interests includes: Learning disability; Dementia; Cancer; Lifestyle interventions; Autoimmune condiitons (e.g. Sjögren's syndrom, Psoriatic Arthritis, Diabetes).

Current and recent research:

  • MAGNET: Enhancing medicines self-management in community dwelling people living with dementia and family carers: an intervention development and feasibility study. 
  • SALRISE: Salivary electro-stimulation for the treatment of dry mouth in patients with Sjögren's syndrome: a multicentre randomised sham-controlled double-blind study.
  • STAMINA: Supported exercise training for men with prostate cancer on androgen deprivation therapy.
  • OK-Diabetes: Supported self-management for adults with type 2 diabetes and a learning disability.
  • TICOPA: TIght Control of Psoriatic Arthritis. A randomised controlled trial to \ncompare intensive management vs standard care in early psoriatic arthritis.
  • IMPACCT: Improving the Management of Pain from Advanced Cancer in the Community.
  • TRACTISS: A randomised double blind placebo controlled trial of anti-B-cell therapy in patients with primary Sjögren’s Syndrome.
  • IMPROVDENT: Improving dentures for patient benefit.
  • Pilot Study to Enhance Recovery Through Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles in an Acute Psychiatric Day Hospital Setting.


  • MSc Health Economics – University College Cork
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Evaluation Economics – University College Cork
  • Bachelor of Business Studies (Economics and Finance) – University of Limerick

Professional memberships

  • Member of HESG (Health Economics Study Group)
  • Member of HEAI (Health Economics Association of Ireland)
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust Scientific Panel (2017 – 2023)

Student education

I teach as part of various undergraduate and postgraduate modules and I am available for PhD supervision.



Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Health economics
  • Academic Unit of Health Economics
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