John O'Dwyer


John joined the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences' Academic Unit of Health Economics in November 2011, having completed his Masters in Health Economics in University College Cork. His thesis examined the relationship between maternal employment and overweight children in Ireland. John previously worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Economics, UCC. Prior to that he worked as a Fund Supervisor in BNY Mellon (Ireland & Luxembourg).

John was awarded a National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Fellowship in 2017, and began his 3-year full-time PhD in January 2018. His research centres on methods of estimating health-related quality of life, specifically for adults with learning disabilities.

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

Research interests

Economic evaluation of health interventions - Patient Preferences - Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)

Current and recent research:

  • 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 Sjogren’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
  • OK-Diabetes: Supported self-management for adults with type 2 diabetes and a learning disability



  • MSc Health Economics – University College Cork, 2011
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Evaluation Economics – University College Cork, 2009
  • Bachelor of Business Studies (Economics and Finance) – University of Limerick, 2003

Professional memberships

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

Student education

Teaching responsibilities: Introduction to Health Economics HECN2010, second year economics undergraduate module

Research groups and institutes

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