From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Oarabile Molaodi

Oarabile Molaodiposition: Medical Statistician

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7562


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

Biography and Interests

Oarabile has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Botswana, MSc in Statistics from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Statistics (Disease Mapping) obtained from the University of Strathclyde in 2009. She has worked as a Staff Development Fellow (Mathematics) at the University of Botswana, Department of Mathematics in 1997-1998, and she was appointed a Lecturer in 2001-2004, teaching Mathematics and Statistics.

Oarabile joined MRC/CSO  Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Ethnicity and Health team in 2008 as a Research Scientist, to work on National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) Phase II funded project. The project examined whether neighbourhood environments contribute to ethnic differences in obesity, physical activity and diets. The project used Health Survey for England (HSE) data linked to area measures of ethnic density, deprivation, food retail environment and physical activity opportunities. She has worked with Measuring Health team and looked at social patterning of suicide in Scotland. In 2012  she joined Determinants of Adolescent Social well-being and Health (DASH) longitudinal study as a Medical Statistician. In 2015 she took up a new role as a cross programme support statistician.
Her statistical skills and interests include analysing large complex data sets and longitudinal data, statistical methods to address attrition and missing data, Multilevel modelling, spatial and spatiotemporal modelling, Bayesian methods and Disease mapping methods.



Harding S, Silva MJ, Molaodi OR, Enayat ZE, Cassidy A, Karamanos A, Read UM, Cruickshank JK. Longitudinal study of cardiometabolic risk from early adolescence to early adulthood in an ethnically diverse cohort. BMJ Open 2016;6

open access  

Kennedy Cruickshank J, Silva M, Molaodi O, Enayat Z, Cassidy A, Karamanos A, Read U, Faconti L, Dall P, Stansfield B, Harding S. Ethnic differences in and childhood influences on early adult pulse wave velocity: the Determinants of Adolescent, Now Young Adult, Social Wellbeing, and Health Longitudinal Study. Hypertension 2016;67:1133-41



Ferguson TS, Younger-Coleman NO, Tulloch-Reid MK, Knight-Madden JM, Bennett NR, Samms-Vaughan M, Ashley D, McCaw-Binns A, Molaodi OR, Cruickshank JK, Harding S, Wilks RJ. Birth weight and maternal socioeconomic circumstances were inversely related to systolic blood pressure among Afro-Caribbean young adults. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2015;68:1002-9


Harding S, Read UM, Molaodi OR, Cassidy A, Maynard MJ, Lenguerrand E, Astell-Burt T, Teyhan A, Whitrow M, Enayat ZE. The Determinants of young Adult Social well-being and Health (DASH) study: diversity, psychosocial determinants and health. Social Psychiatry And Psychiatric Epidemiology 2015;50:1173-88

open access  


Astell-Burt T, Maynard M, Lenguerrand E, Whitrow M, Molaodi O, Harding S. Effect of air pollution and racism on ethnic differences in respiratory health among adolescents living in an urban environment. Health & Place 2013;23:171-8

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Harding S, Enayat ZE, Cassidy A, Read UM, Ferrell C, Molaodi OR. The effect of flexible settings on participation rates, data quality, and costs in a longitudinal study of ethnically diverse young adults: the London Determinants of young Adult Social wellbeing and Health. The Lancet 2013;29:S41

Read UM, Molaodi OR, Enayat ZE, Harding S. Resilience in the city? Evidence from the Determinants of young Adult Social wellbeing and Health (DASH) longitudinal study of diverse young adults. The Lancet 2013;382:S84


Molaodi OR, Leyland AH, Ellaway A, Kearns A, Harding S. Neighbourhood food and physical activity environments in England, UK: does ethnic density matter?. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2012;9:75

pubmed  open access