Visiting Senior Research Fellow
BSc MSc PhD
Toby joined the Department of Public Health and Primary Care in 1991 as the statistical member of the Health and Lifestyle Survey team. Research interests of the team included the characterisation of diet from food frequency questionnaires, and the assessment of lifestyle and anthropometric measures as potential risk factors for the development of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer and all-cause mortality. After a PhD in Southampton involving an evaluation of multilevel modelling methods for the analysis of child mortality, Toby returned to the Department in 1996 as a consulting statistician in the then newly formed Centre for Applied Medical Statistics (CAMS).
In 2000, Toby joined the General Practice and Primary Care Research Unit joint with CAMS, and then since 2002 full-time with the Unit in collaboration with the MRC Biostatistics Unit. A research area of the Unit is complex interventions, including the development and assessment of behaviour change programmes based on psychological theories in those with Type 2 diabetes. Toby is involved in the design and analysis-planning of trials to test these interventions, and in the development of meta-analysis methods to assess the strength of psychological determinants of behaviours – a collaboration between the MRC Biostatistics Unit, the Unit and the MRC Epidemiology Unit.
In 2012, Toby accepted a newly created chair of Professor of Medical Statistics at the King’s College, London.