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Dr Gemma Archer

Dr Gemma Archer (MSc, PhD)

Lecturer in Public Health
Location: Watson building, Falmer, BN1 9PH

Areas of expertise: Epidemiology and Public Health; quantitative research methods; longitudinal data analysis; administrative health data

Research areas: Social epidemiology; psychiatric epidemiology; population mental health; life course studies; occupational health; inequalities


Dr Gemma Archer is a lecturer in Public Health in the Department of Medical Education at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). She leads on the Public Health MSc dissertation module and co-leads on Epidemiology.

Prior to joining BSMS she worked as a post-doc in Epidemiology at University College London and King’s College London, UK. She is a quantitative researcher with extensive experience working with large longitudinal datasets, including the British birth cohort studies, electronic health records (e.g the Clinical Research Practice Datalink) and data linkage with national mortality and cancer registries.


Gemma’s research interests include examining the relationship between mental and physical health over a person’s lifetime, in the context of wider social and environmental factors. Most recently, she has worked with an occupational cohort examining the long-term health of veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents as part of the ‘human volunteer programme’ at Porton Down, UK, and exploring the feasibility of identifying veterans’ mental and physical health profiles using electronic healthcare records.



Gemma currently leads on the MSc Public Health dissertation module and co-leads on Epidemiology. She has previously taught medical statistics and research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate level for King’s College London, UK.

Selected publications

Archer, G., Keegan, TJ., Venables, KM., Carpenter, LM., Fear, NT (2023) Mortality and cancer incidence in British military veterans involved in human experiments at Porton Down: 48-year follow-up (International Journal of Epidemiology):

Archer, G., Keegan, TJ., Venables, KM., Carpenter, LM., Fear, NT (2022) Cohort Profile: The Porton Down Veterans cohort study (International Journal of Epidemiology)

Archer, G., Wei, X., Shelton, N. (2022) Reply to ‘Letter to the editor: Don’t forget survey data: “healthy cohorts” are “real world” relevant if missing data are handled appropriately’. Longitudinal and Life course studies

Archer, G., Stafford, M., Hotopf, M., Kuh, D., Richards, M. (2020) Association Between Lifetime Affective Symptoms and Premature Mortality (JAMA Psychiatry)

Archer, G., Wei, X., Nicholas, O; Stuchbury, R., Shelton, N.  (2020) Are ‘healthy cohorts’ real-world relevant? Comparing the National Childhood Development Study with the ONS Longitudinal Study. Longitudinal and Life course studies

Irwin, M., Archer, G., Olmstead, R., et al., (2018) Increased Risk of Depression in Non-Depressed HIV Infected Men with Sleep Disturbance: Prospective Findings from the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. E-Biomed

Archer, G., Stafford, M., Hotopf, M., Kuh, D., Richards, M. (2018) Adolescent affective symptoms and premature mortality: A 53-year follow-up of a British birth cohort study. BJPsych Jul;213(1):419-424.

Archer, G., Pereira, S., & Power, C. (2017). Child maltreatment as a predictor of adult physical functioning in a prospective British birth cohort. BMJ Open, 7(10), e017900.

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