Kathryn Richardson


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Dr Kathryn Richardson is a Senior Research Fellow in Statistics at the Norwich Medical School. Her research focusses on the application of pharmacoepidemiological methods in the analysis of electronic medical record and cohort study data to examine the patterns and consequences of medication use in older people. Dr Richardson is currently an Alzheimer’s Society research fellow, leading a project aiming to refine her earlier work into the impact of anticholinergic bladder medications on dementia incidence. Previously she led an Alzheimer’s Society funded project on anticholinergic medications and benzodiazepines, conducted an NIHR funded project on medications for sleep disturbance in dementia and has co-authored 50 articles in peer-review journals (https://www.uea.ac.uk/drug-safety-and-dementia).  Kathryn has expertise in the analysis of electronic medical records, particularly CPRD and HES, as well as considerable experience with MRC CFAS and TILDA.


  • Senior Research Fellow, University of East Anglia, 2020 – Present
  • Research Fellow, University of East Anglia, 2014 – 2020
  • Senior Statistician, Research in Real Life Ltd, 2013 – 2014
  • Research Associate, University of Cambridge, 2008 - 2010
  • Statistician, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2004 - 2008

Academic Background

  • PhD, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2014
  • Statistics, MSc, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2004
  • Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics, BSc (First Class), University of Warwick, 2000

Key Research Interests

  • Analysis of electronic medical records including the Clinical Practice Research Datalink
  • Pharmacoepidemiology methodology
  • Dementia epidemiology
  • Adverse effects of medication use in older people
  • Triangulation of evidence


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin

Award Date: 1 Jan 2014

Master of Statistics, University of British Columbia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Bachelor of Science, University of Warwick

Award Date: 14 Jun 2000


  • Public Health, Health Services & Primary Care
  • Pharmacy
  • Statistics in Social Sciences

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