Dr Shona Fielding

Dr Shona Fielding
Bsc, Msc, PhD, Grad.Stat, FHEA

Senior Lecturer

Dr Shona Fielding
Dr Shona Fielding

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Medical Statistics Team, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Polwarth Building (Room 1.006), Foresterhill Aberdeen AB25 2ZD Tel: 01224 437107


I graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2001 with a 1st for BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics. Following a year out travelling around Africa, Australia and New Zealand, I completed an MSc Biometry (with distinction) from The University of Reading in 2003.

I started working at the University of Aberdeen in October 2003 as a research assistant and in October 2005, I began a CSO funded Research Training Fellowship titled 'Optimising the analysis of clinical trials'. This project also formed the basis of my PhD which I was awarded in July 2009. In December 2008 I began my post as Lecturer in Medical Statistics, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017.

Teaching: I am coordinator of the face to face Applied Statistics module which feeds into a number of MSc programmes at the university (around 150 students per year). I am co-ordinator of the online Applied Statistics module which contributes to a number of online postgraduate programmes (around 100 students per year) including PGCert Research Methods for Health, MSc Clinical Nutrition, MPH and MSc Health Economics for Health Profesionals. I contribute to a number of other teaching activities within the Medical Statistics Team.

I am invovled in the design and analysis of all statistical aspects of a variety of research projects, including RCTs, cohort studies and those requiring data linkage. These involve a variety of statistical techniques. Predominantly my reserach is in cancer and rurality and respiratory diseases, but projects do cover other disease areas.

I was recently awarded ILM3 Award in Leadership and Management (March 2019).

Outside of academic life I am a keen sportswoman, playing a variety of sports but most keen on football and golf. 


Research Interests

My current research relates mainly to the statistical methods required to analyse studies within the respiratory disease area and I have close links with other members of the Respiratory Group within the division. In addition I am in colloboartion with colleagues in Academic Primary Care in studies relating to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and the impact rurality plays. I am part of an Aberdeen/Danish collaboration into the risk of cancer following contraceptive use.

Since my PhD I have maintained an interest in  missing data in longitudinal studies with quality of life assessment and apply the knowledge to other outcomes and analyses.

I am part of the Aberdeen Health Technology Assessment group which provide technology assessments for National Insitutue for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and contribute to the review of clinical effectiveness evidence presented before NICE evdience review committees.

Part of my role in the medical statistics team is to provide statistical support to a wide range of projects lead by both university and NHS staff and smaller projects by students. This includes undertaking both the study analysis and being involved with more methodological challenges of different statistical techniques.

Currently I two PhD students undertaking the following projects:

1) Effect of geography on patient and  primary care delay in cancer diagnosis: a mixed methods investigation

2) Analysis and Reporting of interrupted Time Series Studies


I currently colloborate with colleagues at the University of Aberdeen in Academic Primary care, Respiratory, Obstretrics and Gynaecology, Chronic Disease and Health Services Research Unit and colleagues within the NHS.
Externally I am colloborating with colleagues in the USA, Denmark, University of East Anglia amongst others

Research Grants

I have been involved in the development of over 20 grant applications.

Those that have been funded are listed:

  1. NHS Endowments (£12,000) 01/04/2019 - 31/03/2020. Do rural and urban patients with cancer have different experiences and expectations of out-of-hours medical care? A questionnaire study in Grampian. R Adam, R Wood, S Fielding, P Murchie.
  2. British Heart Foundation. £299,169: 01/08/18-31/07/21. A randomised double blind placebo, controlled trial to test if a beneficial effect of beta blockers on exacerbations of COPD is restricted to occult heart disease. D Dawson, G Devereux, S Fielding et al.
  3. NHS Endowments (£12,000) 1/04/2017-31/3/2018. NASCAR+: Exploring associations between geography, treatment, follow-up and survival of cancer patients in Northeast Scotland. Peter Murchie, Romi Carriere, Shona Fielding, Melanie Turner.
  4. NIHR EME (£1,471,928) – 01/09/2016 to 31/08/2020. “Reducing Asthma Attacks in Children using Exhaled Nitric Oxide as a biomarker to inform treatment strategy – a randomised controlled trial (RAACENO)”. S Turner, J Norrie, S Fielding, A Neilson, H Morgan, M Thomas, E Gaillard, D Price, J de Jongste, M Pijnenberg.
  5. NIHR-HTA £2,210,172. BICS A randomised, double-blind placebo controlled trial of the effectiveness of the beta-blocker bisoprolol in preventing exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. G Devereux, J Norrie, S Cotton, S Fielding et al.
  6. NIHR EME (£1,471,928) – 01/09/2016 to 31/08/2020. “Reducing Asthma Attacks in Children using Exhaled Nitric Oxide as a biomarker to inform treatment strategy – a randomised controlled trial (RAACENO)”. S Turner, J Norrie, S Fielding, A Neilson, H Morgan, M Thomas, E Gaillard, D Price, J de Jongste, M Pijnenberg.
  7. NHS Endowments (£11,912) – 01/10/2015-30/09/2016. “UR-HEALTH (Using research into hepatitis to advance local targeted help) exploring the knowledge, awareness and associated behaviours of university students regarding Hepatitis B”. S Fielding, E Okpo, G Noble.
  8. Cancer Research UK (£124,536) - 01/08/2014 to 28/02/2016: “Does place of residence, distance and travelling times from health services within Northeast Scotland influence the diagnostic pathway and outcomes from eight common cancers: analysis of a linked dataset?”  P Murchie, N Campbell, D Brewster, C Black, A Lee, S Fielding, M Steiner, Z Feng, C Dibben, K Wilde.
  9. Chest Heart Stroke Scotland (£89,942) - 01/04/2013 to 31/03/2016: “Is childhood wheezy bronchitis an early determinant of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? A longitudinal study”. G Douglas, S Turner, G Walsh, G Devereux, N Tagieva-Milne, S Fielding.
  10. HTA (£2,579,402) - 01/09/2013 to 31/08/2017: A randomised, double-blind placebo controlled trial of the effectiveness of low dose oral theophylline as an adjunct to inhaled corticosteroids in preventing exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. D Price, P Barnes, A Briggs, R Chaudhuri, H Chrystyn, L Davies, A De Soyza, G Devereux, J Haughney, A Lee, A Morice, J Norrie, A Sullivan,  A Wilson, S Cotton (S Fielding as named trial statistician, but AJ Lee is grant applicant; SF fully involved in the grant application process and drafting).
  11. NHS Endowments (£12,000) and Aberdeen Lung Group (£13,285) - 01/04/2013 to 31/03/2014: “Measuring chest-specific primary care consultations in at-risk people: pilot study of outcome estimation to inform a definitive international RCT”. P Murchie, N Campbell, A Lee, S Fielding, S Smith, M Nicolson, G Devereux.
  12. Pharmacy Practice Research Trust (£269,875) - 1/4/2011 to 31/3/2013: “Community pharmacy management of minor illness”. M Watson, R Holland, T Porteous, T Sach, J Cleland, C Bond, R Wright, J Ferguson. (S Fielding named as consultant statistician, but not a grant applicant).
  13. CSO Research Training Fellowship (£104,347) - Nov 2005 to Oct 2008: “Optimising the analysis of clinical trials with missing data.” S Fielding, P Fayers, C Ramsay.

Teaching Responsibilities

1. Course co-ordinator of MSc Applied Statistics module (face to face) (PU5017)

2. Course co-ordinator MSc Applied Statistics module (online) (PU5522)

3. Other teaching duties as required as part of the Medical Statistics Team.

4. Personal tutor for a eight undergraduates

5. MSc and PhD Supervisor 

6. PhD Adviser

Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • Reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals
  • Reviewer for the NIHR Health Technology (HTA) programme
  • Editorial Board member for Pedicatric Pulmonology
  • International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB) Education subcommittee
  • Asthma UK review panel member

Admin Responsibilities

  • Member of SENATE (until Sep 2018)
  • Member of IAHS Assessment review panel (2017-)
  • Member of Postgraduate good cause committee (2017-)
  • Member of the DAHS Teaching Strategy Group
  • Member of the exam boards for BSc and MSc programmes
  • Member of Foresterhill Statisticians Group
  • Memeber of Royal Statistical Society (including the Highland Local Group)