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Dr Becky Mars

Dr Becky Mars

Dr Becky Mars
BSc, PhD

Vice Chancellor's Fellow

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Oakfield House,
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Summary

I am a Research Fellow in Epidemiology at the dept of Population Health Sceinces, University of Bristol, and an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention post-doctoral fellow. My research interests include the epidemiology and course of self-harm and suicidal behaviours. My current research is exploring transitions between suicidal thoughts/non-suicidal self-harm and suicide attempts using data from the ALSPAC birth cohort. 

Activities / Findings

CURRENT FUNDING 

Transitions between suicidal ideation/non-suicidal self-harm and suicide attempts: A longitudinal study. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Post-doctoral Fellowship. January 2016-December 2017

Mars B, Ford  T, Gunnell D, Hemani G, Heron J, Joinson C, Moran P, Relton C, Suderman M. Pathways to self-harm: Biological mechanisms and genetic contribution. Medical Research Council/Medical Research Foundation. £223,400. 

Gunnell D, Mars B. Suicide Amongst Paramedics. The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE). July 2016-Dec 2017. £14,320.  

Boyd A, Goldstein H, Davies A, Cornish, R, Northstone K, Mars B, Molloy L, Gunnel D, Burton P, Macleod J. Assessing the extent to which disclosure control techniques impact on data utility: an exemplar research project using Self-Harm data from the Hospital Episode Statistics Database and, separately, breast feeding and attainment data collected directly from study participants and the National Pupil Database. CLOSER. £45,000.

 

PREVIOUS FUNDING

Evans R, Janssens A, Gunnell D, Kidger J, Mars B, Biddle L, Jacob N, Scourfield J, Gavin J, Stallard P, Ford T. Children and Young People’s Suicide and Self-Harm Research Collaboration. GW4 Building Communities: Accelarator Fund. February 2015. £57,000. 

Evans R, Janssens A, Gunnell D, Kidger J, Mars B, Biddle L, Jacob N, Scourfield J, Gavin J, Stallard P, Ford T. Children and Young People’s Suicide and Self-Harm Research Collaboration. GW4 Building Communities: Initiator Fund. September 2014. £3,998.

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Early Career Fellowship, funded by a Wellcome Trust strategic support fund. August 2014 – February 2015. £26,613.

 

 PREVIOUS PROJECTS 

- An investigation into trends and patterns of antidepressant prescribing amongst patients in the CPRD database 

- Exploring the use of the Internet in relation to suicidal behaviour: identifying priorities for prevention

- Self-harm with and without suicidal intent in adolescence: causes and consequences

 

Teaching

I am the course organiser for the Introduction to Stata short course at the School of Social and Community Medicine. This two-day course runs three times a year and provides a basic introduction to the statistical software package Stata 14, focusing on its use for data management and data exploration.  http://www.bristol.ac.uk/social-community-medicine/shortcourse/introduction-to-stata/

I teach clinical epidemiology to undergraduate students as part of the Human Basis of Medicine curriculum 

Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Self-harm and Suicide
  • ALSPAC
  • Mental health

Methodologies

  • Cohort Studies

Expertise

I am a Research Fellow working within the suicide and self-harm (SASH) research group. My research interests focus on the epidemiology and course of self-harm and suicidal behaviours. I am particularly interested in understanding the factors that predict not only who will develop suicidal thoughts, but which individuals will go on to act on these thoughts (i.e. make a suicide attempt or die by suicide).

  • self-harm
  • suicide
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