Dr G J Melendez-Torres

Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)29 2087 9106
Room 1.10, 1-3 Museum Place

I joined Cardiff University and DECIPHer in September 2017 as Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Health.  One of the benefits of being in the School of Social Sciences, and in DECIPHer more specifically, is that I do not need to have a disciplinary allegiance.  But if I were pressed, I would describe myself as an epidemiologist who enjoys the company of sociologists.

After receiving a first degree in health economics and qualifying as a registered nurse at the University of Pennsylvania, I began my research career via a Marshall Scholarship at the University of Oxford.  My doctoral work there focused on the social epidemiology and sociology of sexualised drug use in UK men who have sex with men.  I subsequently developed lines of inquiry in public health aspects of child and adolescent social development, research synthesis methods, and, more recently, violence prevention.  My overarching interest is the development and application of social research methods, with particular foci on statistical methods (especially the tricky ones) and systematic reviews.

Education and qualifications

2007-2011: BSc (Nursing), summa cum laude; BSc (Economics), summa cum laude; University of Pennsylvania

2011-2013: MPhil (Evidence-Based Social Intervention), distinction; University of Oxford

2013-2014: DPhil (Social Intervention); University of Oxford

Career overview

2012-2013: Associate Lecturer (sessional), School of Health and Social Care, Oxford Brookes University

2013-2015: Departmental Lecturer in Evidence-Based Social Intervention, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford

2015-2017: Assistant Professor (from Apr 2017, Associate Professor) in Health Technology Assessment, Epidemiology and Evidence Synthesis, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick

2017-present: Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Health, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Honours and awards

The Lancet Early Career Research Award for Best Oral Presentation, UK Public Health Science, Nov 2015

European Society for Prevention Research Presidents’ Award, for Bonell et al. 2015, Oct 2015

D & E Zemenides Award for best paper in conference, Green Templeton Human Welfare Conference, Jun 2013

Marshall Scholarship, Oct 2011-Sep 2013

Harry S Truman Scholarship, Apr 2010

Professional memberships

Member of the Faculty of Public Health (MFPH, by examination), Jul 2015-present

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Oct 2015-present

Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, Sep 2013-present

Society for Social Medicine, Sep 2012-present (chair of the Mid-Career Researchers Committee from Jan 2018)