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Claudia Pagliari is a senior researcher and educator based in the Usher Institute, where she is active across the Centre for Population Health Sciences, the Centre for Medical Informatics, the Edinburgh Global Health Academy and the Institute for Science, Technology and Innovation.

Teaching: Founder and director of the MSc in Global eHealth and co-founder/theme leader of the NHS Digital Academy. Also contributes to the Data Ethics MOOC, the professional development programme in Health Data Science and the Data Controversies lecture series. Individual courses she has developed/led include Global eHealth, Public Health Informatics, The Ethics and Governance of eHealth, The Business of eHealth and Citizen-Centred Digital Health, amongst others. Claudia is also a visiting lecturer in Digital Health Ethics at Imperial College London, the Open University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Research: Claudia directs the Interdisciplinary Research Group in eHealth. While mainly focused on digital health, her research crosses topics, methods and theories from diverse areas, including health technology assessment, science and technology studies, biomedical ethics, management science, data science and policy studies. For example, her recent empirical studies and expert reviews have looked at mobile apps for contact tracing, participatory disease surveillance and medication advice; empathic robots for mental health support; the use of digital innovations at the end-of-life, big data infrastructures, workforce analytics, online health networking, social media misinformation, and the ethics of data mining from conventional and alternative platfoms. Cross-cutting interests include the ethics and good-governance of digital innovations and programmes, in both lower and higher income countries.

Expert Advisory Roles: Scottish Government advisor and chair of the National Expert Group in Digital Ethics. World Health Organisation Expert and Technical Advisor in Digital Health. Member of national scientific review boards for Norway, Belgium, Switzerland. Former member, Global Health Workforce Council and European Commission FP7 programme. Recently acted as External Examiner for the MSc in Health Data Science at the University of Manchester and the MSc in Health Informatics at the University of Leeds (fixed term posts). Various PhD external examiner roles. 

Previous academic positions: Senior Lecturer in Primary Care R&D at the University of Dundee; RCPE/RAND Research Fellow in Health Services Research at the University of Aberdeen, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Buckingham, Psychology Laboratory Demonstrator, University of Edinburgh.  

Education/Awards: First class honours degree in Psychology from the University of Ulster, PhD from the University of Edinburgh (Human Intelligence/Data Science). Elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. 

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