Dr Catherine Meads is a Reader in Health Technology Assessment in HERG at Brunel University. She has previously held roles as Senior Lecturer in HTA at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and at The Unit of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Birmingham.
Catherine completed her Medical Degree in 1983, Masters’ Degree in Information Technology for Management in 1994, PhD in Psychology in 2006 (on emotional disclosure in health) and Masters’ Degree in Public Health in 2010. When at Birmingham, she ran the West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Collaboration, producing HTAs for the NICE Technology Assessment Programme and other customers. Currently she manages the Brunel part of the University of Birmingham / Brunel University External Assessment Centre working with the NICE Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme. She has published systematic reviews and HTAs in a wide variety of health topics.
Catherine has been conducting research into lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health since 1992. This is an area of research where there are profound health issues but very little research conducted and very little use of available evidence to drive public health policy. Her work in this area includes publications, lectures to undergraduate medical students, an elearning package for GPs and being on steering committees for LGBT health conferences. One of her systematic reviews was instrumental in obtaining funding for a LGBT health centre currently being set up in Birmingham. She is Chair of the Brunel Gender and Sexuality Research Group.