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Roger Webb, BA Hons, MA Econ, MSc, PhD


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Professor in Mental Health Epidemiology

Senior Postgraduate Research Tutor - Division of Psychology & Mental Health


Roger is based in the Centre for Mental Health & Safety. He is also the Senior Postgraduate Resarch Tutor for the Division of Psychology & Mental Health. 

He first moved to The University of Manchester in 1998, working as a research associate in the School of Primary Care and then at the Arthritis Research Campaign Epidemiology Unit.

During 1991-1998 Roger worked in the National Health Service, conducting perinatal epidemiological studies at the Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths & Deaths in Infancy.

Research interests

Research Interests:

  • Understanding the pathways to self-destructive, violent and hazardous behaviour in young people
  • Primary care patient safety for people who have harmed themselves
  • Suicide risk among offender populations and in individuals who are violent or aggressive
  • Determinants of suicide risk factors in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and eating disorders
  • Suicide risk in people diagnosed with major physical illnesses
  • Cause-specific mortality among infants and children with mentally ill parents

Current Grant Funding:

  • European Research Council: 2014-2018 (1.5 million Euros). Understanding the determinants of suicidal behaviour, serious accidents and violence in young people
  • Department of Health, Policy Research Programme: 2013-2015 (£203,000). Self-harm in primary care patients: a nationally representative cohort study examining patterns of attendance, treatment and referral, and risk of self-harm repetition, suicide and other causes of premature death

My collaborations

Current collaborators:

  • Preben B. Mortensen, Carsten B. Pedersen. National Centre for Register-based Research, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Seena Fazel. Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK
  • Bo Runeson. Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Darren Ashcroft. Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, Manchester Pharmacy School, University of Manchester, UK
  • Evan Kontopantelis. Centre for Primary Care, Institute of Population Health, University of Manchester, UK
  • Richard Emsley. Centre for Biostatistics, Institute of Population Health, University of Manchester, UK
  • Yvonne Awenat. School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, UK
  • Carolyn Chew-Graham. Research Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences, Keele University, UK

Methodological knowledge

Observational studies of rare adverse outcomes in mental health epidemiology. In particular, large cohort and nested case-control studies using population-based data from the UK, Denmark and Sweden.


  • PhD in Medicine (Psychiatric Epidemiology): University of Manchester (2007)
  • MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics: University of Manchester (2002)
  • MA in Applied Social Research: University of Manchester (1995)
  • BA in History & Politics: University of Nottingham (1990)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Healthier Futures


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