Dr Mark Kelson
Senior lecturer in Data Science
Primary Care, Population Health and Health Services Research
Skills Development Fellowship Vision
For me, a successful fellowship would help develop a future collaborator. I would hope that the candidate was able to immerse themselves in a topic and that we would learn about it together. I would be prepared to provide reasonably intense support in the first 6 to 12 months and from then on I would expect the fellow to be increasingly leading the discussion and bringing topics of interest to the supervisory team for discussion and scrutiny. I would like for them to develop a couple of key collaborations (I would not want them spread too thin), but I would like those collaborators to be from wildly different backgrounds to themselves. This would enable them to learn about an application area from a topic expert and in turn teach their collaborator about the mathematical ideas that could be usefully applied (or vice versa). These kinds of cross-disciplinary collaborations are really important and a key outcome of a skills fellowship would be the ability to communicate with and learn from other specialities.
I have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Statistics, an MSc in Statistics, a PhD in Epidemiology and a decade of clinical trials experience. I am a new Senior Lecturer in Data Science.
I am interested in physical activity as an intervention. This includes the analysis of accelerometry data and how this can be improved. I am interested in clinical trials methodology. I am also interested in the study of mental health. Throughout these I use a wide variety of standard statistical techniques, but am particularly interested in multilevel modelling and causal inference.
NB: My maiden name, as it were, was Kelly.
- Variation in antibiotic prescribing and its impact on recovery in patients with acute cough in primary care: prospective study in 13 countries CC Butler, K Hood, T Verheij, P Little, H Melbye, J Nuttall, MJ Kelly, … Bmj 338, b2242
- Evaluating cutpoints for the MHI-5 and MCS using the GHQ-12: a comparison of five different methods MJ Kelly, FD Dunstan, K Lloyd, DL Fone BMC psychiatry 8 (1), 10
- Physical activity self-management and coaching compared to social interaction in Huntington’s disease: Results from the ENGAGE-HD randomized, controlled, pilot feasibility trial M Busse-Morris, L Quinn, C Drew, M Kelson, R Trubey, K Mcewan, … Physical Therapy 97 (6), 625-639
Ongoing Projects & Grants
- Project title: Perineural Local Anaesthetic Catheter aftEr Major lowEr limb amputation Trial (PLACEMENT)
Funding body: Health and Care Research Wales Amount: £210,552 Year of award: 2016
- Project title: Pragmatic RAndomised controlled trial of a trauma-focused guided self help Programme versus InDividual Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for post traumatic stress disorder (RAPIDTFCBT)
Funding body: National Institute for Health Research HTA Amount: £1,135,332.88 Year of award: 2017
- Project title: PACERS- Physical ACtivity in the Exercise Referral Setting
Funding body: Health and Care Research Wales Amount: £245,994 Year of award: 2015
- Project title: Examining the influence of parents on the physical activity behaviours of children with intellectual disabilities
Funding body: Bailey Thomas Charitable fund Amount: £94,730 Year of award: 2016
- Project title: ‘Helpmedoit!’ a web and text based intervention to facilitate social support to achieve and maintain health related behaviour change
Funding body: National Institute for Health Research PHR Amount: £430,883 Year of award: 2016
- Project title: Physical activity and exercise outcomes in Huntington’s disease (PACE-HD)
Funding body: Jacques and Gloria Gossweiler Foundation Amount: £501,316 Year of award: 2017
I have close links with the clinical trials unit in Cardiff University (Centre for Trials Research). I also work closely with Cardiff University collaborators in the Division of Population Health, Psychology and the DECIPHer unit. In addition, I have some collaborators in the University of Namibia through a Cardiff University led engagement project. I have just stepped down from an executive position on the committee of the Society for Social Medicine and maintain strong links there. I am also currently working with a Professor of Paediatric Physical Activity and Public Health in Bristol and we have put together a PhD proposal currently advertised on the GW4 Biomed call. I work with Glasgow University (in particular Prof Sharon Simpson) on behaviour change-related projects.
Research Group Connections