Position: Postdoctoral Researcher in Biostatistics
Ron obtained his BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from Edinburgh University in 1993. After working in the community sector for a number of years he returned to study, obtaining his MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2010 and his PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the University of Ulster in 2014. His thesis was entitled 'An examination of mood and anxiety disorders over the adult lifespan using multiple group methods: the EU-WMH project'.
Ron's substantive interests include the study of mental health and mental illness, ageing, and cross-national research. He is interested in the analysis of both observational and trial data and in particular the use of structural equation modelling as a framework for the analysis of observed and latent variables.
Mathematics and Statistics Section, British Psychological Society
Royal Statistical Society
Irish Statistical Association
University of Ulster Summer School in Research Methods: 2011-2013
Randal Macdonald Award-Mathematics and Statistics Section of the British Psychological Society. Awarded annually for the best UK Postgraduate thesis/dissertation/project using mathematics or statistics in a novel way to investigate an aspect of Psychology (2014)
PhD scholarship, Department for Education and Learning, N. Ireland (2010-2013).
Proctor and Gamble Travelling Scholarship (2011).
R. D. McDowell, A. Ryan, B. P. Bunting, S. M. O’Neill, J. Alonso, R. Bruffaerts, R. de Graaf, S. Florescu, G. Vilagut, J. M. C. de Almeida, G. de Girolamo, Josep M. Haro, H. Hinkov, V. Kovess-Masfety, H. Matschinger, T. Tomov. 2014. Mood and anxiety disorders across the adult lifespan: a European perspective. Psychological Medicine, 44(4), 707-722.
R.D. McDowell, A. Ryan, B.P. Bunting, S.M. O'Neill. 2013. The role of the screening section of a standardised diagnostic instrument in determining the burden of mental illness in later life. Irish Journal of Medical Science. 182 (Supp 6), S214.