Michela is working on an Innovate UK funded project to evaluate the adoption of operational coaching as a management style to drive productivity in small and medium-sized enterprises (including but not limited to those in the social care sector). In addition, she is acting as leading health economist for a NIHR School for Social Care Research project led by Kings College looking at strengthening adult safeguarding responses to homelessness and self-neglect. She is also undertaking a secondment at the LSE Health. As part of this part-time position, she is collaborating with Dr Naci at the LSE and the CIRCLE group at Imperial College on a NIHR project looking at the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alternative treatment strategies for cervical intrepitelial neoplasia (a premalignant condition of the uterine cervix that can lead to cervical cancer) in England.
Michela acts as health economics expert for the Value of Treatment Programme, an EU-based collaboration with a consortium of more than 40 European partner institutions (including LSE), led by the European Brain Council. The purpose of the programme is to identify treatment gaps, propose solutions and measure their socioeconomics impact. The first round of the project looked at the value of treatment with application to a series of brain disorders, including: dementia, epilepsy, headache, idiopathic normal-pressure hydrocephalus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, restless legs syndrome, schizophrenia and stroke. The second round is looking at six additional case studies, and Michela is working with Martin Knapp on the economic case of closing treatment gaps for autism spectrum disorder.
Michela's research is primarily concerned with the performance evaluation of health and social care services in the community. In her work, she develops and applies cost and outcome performance measurements and evaluation to support person-centred care and inform policy and practice decision-making across settings. Michela’s expertise is demonstrated by a track record of policy and academic publications, national and international conference presentations and media contributions. Michela has taught and researched at University of Milan (Italy), University of Aberdeen (UK), University of Nicosia (Cyprus), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She has also acted as a health economist (at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) for the NICE guideline on constipation in children and young people and worked as an analyst for the Clinical Effectiveness Group of Queen Mary University of London.
Michela has a PhD (in Health Economics and Primary Care) and a MSc (in Public Health and Health Services Research) from the University of Aberdeen, as well as a MSc (in Pharmacoeconomics) and a Professional Doctorate Degree (in Pharmaceutical Chemistry) from the University of Milan, Italy.