Professor Mandy Ryan
Professor Mandy Ryan joined the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) at the University of Aberdeen in 1987 after graduating from the University of Leicester in 1986 with a BA (Hons) in Economics and from the University of York with an MSc in Health Economics.
In 1995 Mandy graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a PhD in Economics concerned with valuing patient experiences in economic evaluations. Her PhD challenged the QALY as a method for valuing benefits, arguing that health providers should also be concerned with patient experiences.
She was awarded a 5-year MRC Senior Fellowship to develop and apply methods in economic evaluation for valuing patient experiences in 1997.
Following this, in 2002, she was awarded a Personal Chair in Health Economics by the University of Aberdeen and in 2006 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Professor Ryan currently directs the Preference Elicitation Theme within the Preference Elicitation and Assessment of Technologies (PEAT) programme of work within HERU. One of her research focuses is on promoting broader measures of valuation within health economics which take account of patient experiences.
She has worked with academics, government and the pharmaceutical industry and has published widely in the field of health economics generally, and valuation more specifically. Professor Ryan also has extensive teaching experience, and is currently Director of HERU's Distance Learning Course.