Sheelah Connolly joined the ESRI in the Social Research Division in August 2014. Prior to this she was employed as a Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, working on the economics and epidemiology of neurodegenerative disorders. She has a PhD in Epidemiology from Queens University Belfast, an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York and a BA in Economics and Legal Science from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research interests include the social and economic determinants of health, the economics of ageing and the operation of health systems. Sheelah is currently working on a programme of research looking at healthcare reform in Ireland.