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Shehzad Ali
Visiting Senior Research Fellow



Shehzad Ali is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow (Associate Professor) in Health Economics and Health Services Research at the University of York. He was based full-time at York until 2018. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Heidelberg University (Germany) and Macquarie University (Australia) and a Research Consultant at the University of Louisville (US).

Shehzad has a unique background which spans the fields of Health Economics (PhD), Medical Statistics (MSc), Public Health (MPH) and Clinical Medicine (MBBS). He has over 10 years of professional experience as an academic researcher and independent consultant in the public and private sectors in both developed and developing countries.

With a career research income of >£15 million, Shehzad has jointly held grants funded in the UK (National Institute of Health Research, NIHR), USA (National Institute of Health, NIH) and Australia (National Health and Medical Research Council, NHMRC).

During his career, Shehzad has led and/or supervised distinct workstreams on 23 projects that align with his research interest in the following areas:

(a) Health technology assessment of diagnostic and treatment strategies using decision models;

(b) Estimating the treatment effect of interventions using real world evidence;

(c) Monitoring and benchmarking health service performance in terms of efficiency and equity of access, utilisation and outcomes using large patient-level administrative data (“big data”);

(d) Explaining heterogeneity in health outcomes and predicting events using individual patient-level data; and

(e) Eliciting value judgments and treatment preferences to inform resource allocation decisions.

Shehzad has been involved in teaching postgraduate courses in health economics, health care organisation and management and statistics. 

He has held a number of leadership positions, including the Lead Mental Health Economist in the Department of Health Sciences. He also held the position of the Dean of Derwent College at the University of York for four years (until 2012).

Shehzad has worked as National Programme Manager with the Aga Khan Development Network in Central Asia where he led a large team of professionals on 18 projects funded by the World Bank and UN organizations (>US$5 million). Also, he has worked as a clinician at Dr Ruth Pfau Hospital which is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Pakistan (1999-2000).


  • PhD in Social Policy (Health Economics), University of York
  • MSc in Medical Statistics, University of Leicester
  • Master of Public Health (International), University of Leeds
  • MBBS Medicine and Surgery, Dow University of Health Sciences



Shehzad's research interests are in economic evaluation of healthcare interventions, measuring health-related quality of life, equity in utilisation and financing of healthcare, discrete choice experiments, applications of statistical/econometric models in health economics research, design and evaluation of health insurance in developing countries, methodological and applied issues in the evaluation of health services.


  • The detection and prognosis of perinatal depression: a prospective validation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)-endorsed ultra-brief questions (the BABY PaNDA study)
  • Developing indicators of change in NHS equity performance (with the Centre for Health Economics)
  • Screening for psychological and mental health difficulties of young people who offend: An integrated evidence synthesis and value of information analysis
  • Improving outcomes in self-guided internet treatment for anxiety and depression: randomised controlled trial
  • VenUS IV (Venous leg Ulcer Study IV): A randomised controlled trial of compression hosiery versus compression bandaging in the treatment of venous leg ulcers
  • Comorbidity and Brief Interventions for Depression: The COBID Study 
  • Collaborative care in Screen-Positive Elders (the CASPER- PLUS trial): clinical and cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Autism Spectrum Social Stories in School Trial 
  • Early parenting interventions for families with young children showing severe attachment problems: an integrated evidence synthesis
  • Self-Hypnosis for Intra-partum Pain: a randomised controlled trial (the SHIP trial)
  • CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber : Mental Health and Comorbidity Theme
  • RESPECT - Randomised Evaluation Sexual Health Promotion Evidence for Care and Treatment: A feasibility study of an intervention to promote sexual health for people with serious mental illness (SMI)
  • Integrating mental, physical and social care in long term conditions. 3 Dimensions for Long-term Conditions (3DLC
  • Community pHarmaciEs Mood Intervention STudy (CHEMIST). Feasibility and Pilot Study 
  • A non-inferiority randomised controlled trial comparing the clinical and costeffectiveness of one session treatment (OST) with multi-session cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in children with specific phobias (ASPECT)
  • Investigating SOcial Competence and Isolation in children with Autism taking part in LEGO-based therapy clubs In School Environments (I-SOCIALISE
  • Increasing access to effective psychological treatment for Australians with chronic physical disease 
  • Developing and evaluating a diabetes self-management intervention for people with severe mental illness

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Visiting Senior Research Fellow