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Staff Member Biography

Abita Bhaskar

position: Research Assistant

Contact Details

email:
phone: 0141 353 7547

Address

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
Glasgow
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Abita Bhaskar graduated in 2007 with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Glasgow and went on to do an M.Sc. in Statistics, also at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 2009. Her Masters research was to investigate the relationship between air pollution and cardiovascular admissions to hospital.

On graduating, Abita briefly worked for both NHS Lanarkshire and ISD Scotland before joining the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in November 2009 as a Survey Analyst for the Gender and Health team.  She currently works as a Research Assistant within the Understanding and Improving Health within Settings and Organisations programme.  

Abita has been involved in the data collection and analysis of the ALICE and FFIT studies, in addition to carrying out numerous other analyses within the team.  These analyses often involved using external datasets such as the BHPS and the Scottish Health Survey, as well as data collected through participant studies within the unit (e.g. SEED, Twenty-07).

Publications

2014

Sweeting H, Bhaskar A, Benzeval M, Popham F, Hunt K. Changing gender roles and attitudes and their implications for well-being around the new millennium. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2014;49:791-809

open access  

2013

Sweeting H, Bhaskar A . The Adolescent Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe (ALICE) study: one year follow-up (2011) frequencies and documentation. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Working paper no. 30, Glasgow, 2013

2012

Batty GD, Bhaskar A, Emslie C, Benzeval M, Der G, Lewar H, Hunt K. Association of life course socioeconomic disadvantage with future problem drinking and heavy drinking: gender differentials in the West of Scotland. International Journal of Public Health 2012;57:119-26

pubmed  open access  

Sweeting H, Bhaskar A, Hunt K. Positive associations between consumerism and tobacco and alcohol use in early adolescence: cross-sectional study. BMJ Open 2012;2:e001446

open access  

Sweeting H, Hunt K, Bhaskar A. Consumerism and well-being in early adolescence. Journal of Youth Studies 2012;15:802-20

open access  

2011

Bhaskar A, Sweeting H, Hunt K. The Adolescent Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe (ALICE) study: baseline (2010) frequencies and documentation. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Working Paper no. 29, Glasgow, 2011