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Rosana Pacella

Head of Research | +44 (0) 1243 816000

Rosana joined the University of Chichester as Head of Research in 2018 to lead in developing and implementing the University’s Research policy, maximize research impact and raise the quality and visibility of the University’s research, including development activity towards current and future Research Excellence Framework (REF) submissions.

Previously, she was Associate Professor at the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and still holds an Adjunct appointment with the university. While at QUT, she established and led a health services research team conducting economic evaluations of evidence-based wound management innovations.


She was awarded the QUT Vice-Chancellor's Performance Individual Award 2017 for the impact of this research on policy and practice. Rosana has extensive high-level experience in quantitative analysis and is skilled at managing a diverse portfolio of research and engaging with multiple stakeholders. 

She is an internationally recognized expert in assessing national and global burden of disease, with an emphasis on mental health disorders and interpersonal violence related risk factors including child maltreatment, bullying and intimate partner violence. Recent work has contributed to international knowledge by conducting the first study to quantify the burden attributable to multiple forms of child maltreatment in Australia. 

She is an expert advisor on the Global Burden of Collaboration, and the Australian and South African national burden of disease studies. 

She remains an ongoing member of the QUT Childhood Adversity Research Program conducting research on the prevalence, consequences and disease and economic burden of child maltreatment and bullying. She has played an important role in Australia, and internationally, in building capacity in burden of disease assessments among researchers who are employed or contracted by governments. 

More recently she has expanded her interests to training clinicians and researchers in cost-effectiveness methods. She has published in high-profile journals including the Lancet, PLOS Med, and Child Abuse & Neglect. She has been awarded $1.5m in research funding since 2014 from nationally competitive schemes. 


Methodological interests include burden of disease analysis and comparative risk assessment, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, economic modelling and cost-effectiveness analysis and how decision makers value health care costs and weight economic evidence. 

PHD Supervision

She obtained her PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1993 and is currently supervising 5 higher degree research students.