Dr Christian Brand

Honorary Research Associate

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I joined the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) in December 2007, coming directly from a PhD programme at the University of Manchester's Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research, and have since contributed to projects covering a variety of the unit's core topics: self-assessment in community care, active case management, territorial justice in social care and integrated services for older people with mental health problems (The Balance of Care). Reflecting my background in survey research and social statistics, I have mainly been involved in the design and analysis of the quantitative aspects of research at the PSSRU Manchester, but I have also contributed to related aspects such as study designs in both institutional and community settings, planning and coordination of fieldwork and health economics. I have been an honorary research associate since January 2013.

From 2013 to 2015 I worked at the German Youth Institute in Munich (National Centre for Early Intervention) where I helped design and run the KiD0-3 national prevalence study (risk factors for child abuse and neglect in families with children aged 0 to 3). My main contributions were related to sampling decisions ensuring national representativeness and the analysis of the complex KiD0-3 dataset. 

From January 2016 to January 2018 I was an assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy. Whilst working at LSHTM I was also affiliated with the Clinical Effectiveness Unit at the Royal College of Surgeons of England where I was the methodologist for the National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit. I left this post for family reasons and now reside in Switzerland, where I split my time between caring for my young daughter and collaborating once more with PSSRU Manchester.   


PhD (Census and Survey Research), MSc, MA (Econ), BA (Hons), Diplom-Betriebswirt (FH)

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