Laura Sheard is the lead Research Fellow on the Doctors Decide Project and joined the project team in January 2010. She submitted her sociological PhD thesis - which was carried out at the University of Leeds - in February 2010. Her background is in addictions research, having co-ordinated three randomised controlled trials (two in the prison estate) and conducted two large scale qualitative research projects about the health needs of injecting drug users.
Her expertise lies in qualitative research, especially the in-depth interview method. She has published seventeen papers to date.