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Dr Richard Parker

Dr Richard Parker

Dr Richard Parker
B.Sc., Ph.D.(Bristol)

Senior Research Associate in Medical Statistics/Epidemiology - MRC IEU

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Research Associate

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Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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I joined the Integrative Epidemiology Unit (IEU) in 2017 to work on my current project, developing methods to explore the relationship between how variable different people are with regard to some repeatedly-measured indicator (for example their blood pressure) and a later outcome of interest (for instance a marker of cardiovascular disease). I work on this MRC-funded project with Kate Tilling (PI), Harvey Goldstein, Jon Heron, Laura Howe, George Leckie and Graciela Muniz-Terrera.

Prior to this role, I was based at the School of Education, as a researcher on an ESRC-funded project investigating the use of interactive electronic-books in the teaching and application of modern quantitative methods in the social sciences, and working as a part-time lecturer in Social Statistics/Quantitative Methods as well. The research work was with Bill Browne (PI), Chris Charlton, and colleagues formerly in the University of Southampton, including Luc Moreau and Danius Michaelides.

My earlier background is in biology and psychology, and the areas they intersect. I conducted my PhD, developing novel indicators of emotional state in animals, in the Animal Welfare and Behaviour group at Bristol’s Veterinary School, with Mike Mendl, Liz Paul and Oliver Burman. This followed my undergraduate degree in Joint Honours Psychology and Zoology (BSc); as such, I’m a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.


I completed my BBSRC-funded PhD in 2008 on ‘Cognitive Bias as an Indicator of Emotional State in Animals’, supervised by Mike Mendl and Liz Paul in the Animal Welfare and Behaviour (AWB) research group in the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences.

Since then, I have worked on a variety of research projects (with the most recent first):

Prior to my PhD, I read Psychology and Zoology (BSc) Joint Honours at the University of Bristol, and then spent time travelling in Australia and New Zealand, working on farms, factories, and as a Field Assistant at the Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne. Back in the UK, I worked as a Research Assistant in the Psychological Medicine Research Group at the University of Manchester, and also at the Division of Psychology at the University of Northumbria.


  • Statistics
  • Education
  • Multi-level analysis
  • Epidemiology
  • Experimental design
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal welfare
  • Cognition
  • Emotion


  • Royal Statistical Society
  • British Psychological Society
  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour



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