Rhiannon Tudor Edwards BSC. Econ, M.A., D.Phil., Hon. MFPH is Professor of Health Economics and the founding Director of health economics research at Bangor University and is now Co-Director of the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines evaluation (CHEME), Bangor University. Rhiannon is also Director of the Welsh Health Economics Support Service (WHESS, funded by NISCHR). She is a graduate of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, University of Calgary, Canada, and The University of York where she undertook her doctoral research on NHS waiting lists as a non-price rationing mechanism in public health care.
Prior to taking up her post in Bangor in 1998, she was Lecturer in Health Economics at Liverpool University with an Honorary position with Liverpool Health Authority. Rhiannon was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Policy (2004-05) and spent her sabbatical at The McColl Institute Group Health Cooperative, a large health maintenance organisation (HMO), Seattle, USA. She was Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Excellence in Health Promotion Economics, University of Chicago. She published papers on choice in health care (Edwards et al 2006) and co-authored an international comparison of waiting lists in public health care systems (Willcox et al. 2006) following her fellowship to the USA.
Rhiannon works closely with a number of UKCRC registered Trials Units and is health economist on a range of HTA and NIHR funded UK trials. She has a particular interest in the methodology of economic evaluation alongside trials of public health and psychosocial interventions (Edwards et al. 2008). Rhiannon and colleagues at Bangor lead the economic evaluation of a range of trials in Dementia Care (Woods et al 2010), Parenting Programmes (Hutchings et al 2007, Edwards et al 2007) and the All Wales GP Exercise Referral Programme (Murphy et al 2010).