Dr Mark O’Doherty

Meet the CARDI Fellows: Mark O' Doherty

Employed by Queen’s University Belfast

Mentor: Professor Frank Kee

Dr Mark O’Doherty, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow from the UK Clinical Research Collaboration Centre of Excellence for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast, where he obtained his PhD in nutritional and cardiovascular epidemiology in 2009. Mark’s post-doctoral training to date has been in cancer epidemiology and healthy ageing and he has extensive experience in the utilisation and management of large datasets, both in an all-Ireland setting and during his time at the National Cancer Institute, Washington, DC, United States.  Mark was core to the strategic organisation of the cardiovascular disease and diabetes Work Package within the EU 7th framework CHANCES Project: Consortium on Health and Ageing: Network of Cohorts in Europe and the United States.

His research, as a CARDI Fellow, will explore differences in trends in work related disability and in the way people report disability between nations and across different national health and welfare service contexts. The aim of this research is to develop expertise in the evaluation and assessment of work related disability among older adults through the use of disability vignettes which will supplement self-reported disability.

This approach provides the capacity to compare variations in reporting thresholds with representative data for differing ageing populations from The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA) and the Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA).  Only by comparing self-reported disability and health with those confirmed by objective health assessment can we form a better understanding of the degree to which perceptions of work disability are guided by objective health status, by socio-economic environment and by personal characteristics and circumstances.