Dr. Sheelah Connolly

Dr. Sheelah Connolly
Research Fellow
Centre for Health Improvement,
Queen’s University Belfast

Sheelah Connolly joined the School of Medicine and Dentistry in Queens University Belfast in 2004, having previously lectured economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway for two years. Sheelah completed an MSc in Health Economics at the University of York in 2002 and a PhD in Epidemiology at Queens University Belfast. Over the past five years, she has worked on a variety of projects in the area of health services research, most notably using the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study to examine the social and socio-economic determinants of morbidity and mortality in Northern Ireland, especially of older people. She has published work on the morbidity and mortality experience of unpaid carers, differences in morbidity and mortality across urban and rural areas and variations in care home admission rates across Northern Ireland. She is currently involved in a body of work trying to identify appropriate indicators of socio-economic status for health research in older populations, and is working on developing an indicator of socio-economic status based on house value.

Her research interests include identifying and explaining differences in morbidity and mortality and service usage across urban and rural areas, and linking secondary datasets to provide a more complete picture of the relationships between social circumstances, health service usage and health status.