McDonald, Scott

Scott McDonald

Research Fellow
Scott McDonald is a Researcher in the School of Health and Life Sciences working on the epidemiology of blood-borne viruses. He received his PhD in cognitive science from the University of Edinburgh, UK, in 2000. Following several years of post-doctoral research in experimental psychology at the University of Edinburgh, he joined Health Protection Scotland as an epidemiologist/statistician, primarily working on a Chief Scientist Office-funded project to estimate the past and current burden of hepatitis C infection and the interaction with problem alcohol use in the injecting drug user population.

After a move to the Netherlands to obtain his MSc in infectious disease epidemiology, he also holds a position as research scientist at the Centre for Infectious Disease Control within the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven.
Scott works with colleagues at GCU and Health Protection Scotland on diverse analytical and modelling studies, principally applied to record-linkage of databases on hepatitis C-diagnosed, clinical patient, and drug user populations. He contributed substantially to the evidence base informing the Scottish Government's Action Plan on Hepatitis C (Phase II 2008-2011). In his current research, he uses classical statistical methods, dynamic modelling, as well as recent evidence-synthesis (Bayesian) approaches.