Dr Orsolina Martino PhD

Research Fellow

Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Orsolina Martino

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 9073

Fax +44 (0)121 414 2269

Email o.i.martino@bham.ac.uk

NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre
Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Health and Population Sciences
90 Vincent Drive
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2SQ


Lina Martino is a Research Fellow within the NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre (NIHR HSC). Her current research activity is in the field of health services, epidemiology and public health, supporting the work of the NIHR NHSC. The NIHR HHSC is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to identify emerging and new health care technologies likely to be of importance to the National Health Service in the near future.

Lina’s PhD was in the area of Health Psychology, and she continues to maintain an active interest in the subject and other psychology sub-disciplines.


  • PG Cert in Evidence Based Healthcare & Health Technology Assessment (pending)
  • British Psychological Society Stage 1 Qualification in Health Psychology 2010
  • PhD in Psychology (Health) 2009
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology & French Studies 2000
  • Graduate member of the British Psychological Society and Division of Health Psychology


Lina graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology & French Studies. She went on to work as a Demonstrator in Psychology at Wolverhampton whilst researching for a PhD in Health Psychology. Her thesis entitled ‘The role of biological rhythms and blood glucose levels in maintaining a positive mood state’ was submitted in 2008.

Lina’s PhD drew upon a range of disciplines, including sociology, physiology and medicine; the interdisciplinary nature of the project facilitated her transition into health research. In 2006 Lina took up a research post with Keele University’s Addiction Research Group, using the General Practice Research Database to examine the epidemiology of drug misuse and psychiatric illness. She joined the NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre (NIHR HSC) at the University of Birmingham in 2009. As the NIHR HSC’s primary dedicated researcher, Lina provides support to the unit’s research programme in developing and improving horizon scanning activity, and considering the broader policy implications of its outputs.


Postgraduate supervision

Personal tutor on the MSc in Public Health


Current research themes include early awareness and alert activities, health technology assessment, health services research and epidemiology.

Previous research has focused on physiological bases of mood and arousal, and the psychological well-being of women.


Bedson, J., Belcher, J., Martino, O.I., Ndlovu, M., Rathod, T., Walters, K., Dunn, K.M. & Jordan, K.P. (2012). The effectiveness of national guidance in changing analgesic prescribing in primary care from 2002 to 2009: An observational database study. European Journal of Pain, doi:10.1002/j.1532-2149.2012.00189.x

Bedson, J., Martino, O.I. & Jordan, K.P. (2010). Determining Analgesic Prescribing Rates in Primary Care Using a Consensus Model of Prescribing from General Practice. Rheumatology, 49, i148: 304. (S1):doi:10.1093/rheumatology/keq733.

Frisher, M., Crome, I., Martino, O., & Bashford, J. (2009). Epidemiology of drug misuse and psychiatric comorbidity in primary care. In S. MacGregor (Ed.) Responding to Drug misuse: Research and Policy Priorities in Health and Social Care (pp. 151-163). London & New York: Routlege, Taylor and Francis Group.

Frisher, M., Martino, O., Crome, I. & Croft, P. (2009). Trends in drug misuse recorded in primary care in the UK from 1998 to 2005. Journal of Public Health, 31, 69-73.

Frisher, M., Martino, O., Crome, I. & Croft, P. (2009). Response to Stevens and Reuter. Journal of Public Health, 31, 309-310.

Frisher, M., Martino, O., Crome, I. & Croft, P. (2009). Assessing the impact of cannabis use on trends in diagnosed schizophrenia in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2005. Schizophrenia Research, 113, 123-128.

Fullwood, C. & Martino, O.I. (2006). Emoticons and impression formation. Applied Semiotics, 19, 4-14.

Martino, O.I., Ward, D.J., Packer, C., Simpson, S. & Stevens, A.J. (2012). Innovation and the burden of disease: Retrospective observational study of new and emerging health technologies reported by the EuroScan network from 2000 to 2009. Value Health, 15, 376-380.

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