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Dr Hayley Jones

Dr Hayley Jones

Dr Hayley Jones
BSc, MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab)

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Evidence synthesis of diagnostic test accuracy from a decision making perspective

Office 2.10
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 33 13941


I am interested in methods for evidence synthesis, including meta-analysis, particularly within a Bayesian statistical framework. I have a particular interest in diagnostic test evaluation. Specific interests include methods for meta-analysis of diagnostic test accuracy, estimation of the prevalence of problem drug use, and accounting for sources of bias in meta-analysis of randomised trials.


I completed my PhD at the MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge (titled: Modelling longitudinal performance indicators and identifying 'unusual' performance, awarded 2010). I moved to my first research position at the Universisty of Bristol in 2009 and currently hold the position of Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics and Data Science.


PhD supervision


Shani de Beer, 2020 - present, 'Characteristics of and risk factors for infectious disease hospital admissions in children by HIV-exposure status in an era of high maternal prevention of mother to child HIV transmission coverage in the Western Cape Province of South Africa'. University of Bristol - University of Cape Town Cotutelle PhD programme. Primary UoB supervisor (with Dr Sue Ingle and A/Prof Mary-Ann Davies and Prof Brian Eley, University of Cape Town)

Kathleen Kehoe, 2020 - present, 'Burden and causes of ongoing paediatric infectious disease morbidity and mortality in the Western Cape Province of South Africa'. University of Bristol - University of Cape Town Cotutelle PhD programme. Co-supervisor (with Dr Theresa Redaniel and A/Prof Mary-Ann Davies and Prof Brian Eley, University of Cape Town)



Gemma Clayton, 2015 - awarded 2019, ‘Incorporating external evidence syntheses in the design and analysis of a clinical trial’. Primary supervisor (co-supervisor: Prof Julian Higgins)

Sean Harrison, 2014 - awarded 2017, ‘Examining the role of mediation in the associations of individual characteristics with prostate specific antigen (PSA) and prostate cancer risk’. Co-supervisor (with Prof Kate Tilling and Dr Emma Turner)


MSc Epidemiology

I co-lead the Clinical Epidemiology Unit with Dr Penny Whiting.

MSc Public Health 

I co-lead the Research Methods Unit with Dr Leila Rooshenas.


Departmental short course programme:

I co-organise the four day course 'Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis', which runs twice per year. I also teach on 'Introduction to Diagnostic Research' and 'Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis and WinBUGS'. 

I've previously contributed to: 'Advanced Epidemiological and Statistical Methods', 'Network Meta-Analysis', 'Introduction to Linear and Logistic Regression Models, 'Advanced Meta-Analysis'.


Undergraduate teaching (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry):


MB21 curriculum: Lecturer, Year 1, 'Introduction to systemtaic reviews and meta-analysis'

MB16 curriculum: Lecturer, Year 4, Community Oriented Medical Practice 1  - systematic reviews session. I also run iSSC tutorials. I also previously taught on the 'Clinical Epidemiology' course.


  • Evidence synthesis
  • Diagnostic test accuracy
  • Bayesian inference
  • Meta-analysis
  • Decision models

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