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Dr Fenella Starkey

Dr Fenella Starkey

Fenella Starkey


Senior Research Facilitator in Epidemiology

Fenella joined the Nuffield Department of Population Health in 2020 as Senior Research Facilitator in Epidemiology for the UK Biobank (UKB) cohort. Her current role involves day-to-day management of: the development of an ongoing series of web-based questionnaires to all UKB participants, for example on mental health, neurodevelopmental conditions, and sleep; other UKB enhancement projects, including pilot projects to assess the feasibility and acceptability of new data collection methods; and UKB re-contact projects, such as the deep and frequent phenotyping project. 

Fenella has previously worked in the University of Bristol’s Department of Social Medicine as Trial Co-ordinator for ASSIST, a school-based cluster RCT, and as a Research Fellow in UWE Bristol’s Faculty of Health and Social Care on a range of applied research and evaluation projects in the fields of public health and primary care. Her research interests have focused on: public health interventions relating to young people’s health behaviours, particularly smoking and drug use; service user involvement in service development and research; and the experiences of mental health service users. She holds a BA (Hons) in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in mental health undertaken at the University of Bristol’s School for Policy Studies.