Hello, I am Achim Wolf
Senior Researcher, CPRD
Honorary Researcher, University of Oxford

My research is based at the Clinical Practice Research Datalink group in the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in London. I continue to hold an Honorary Researcher position with the Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology group at the University of Oxford, where I also completed my doctorate.

Personal Info




Work experience

  • CPRD Senior Researcher - Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
    May 2018 - Current

    Senior Researcher at the Observational Research Team at the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), the NHS observational data and interventional research service.

    Honorary Researcher - University of Oxford
    July 2018 - Current

    Statistical, technical and methodological assistance and advice on clinical prediction rules, evidence synthesis, and data linkage studies.

  • Senior Research Fellow - St Andrew's Healthcare
    Honorary Research Associate - University of Oxford
    September 2017 - April 2018

    Research collaboration between St Andrew's Healthcare and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford into translational research in mental health.

  • Consultant - Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
    February 2017 - October 2017

    Statistical analysis and prediction modelling for NIHR-funded project on self-harm in prison, led by Prof Keith Hawton and Prof Seena Fazel.

  • Research Assistant - Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
    January 2012 - August 2017

    Wellcome Trust funded project investigating associations between severe mental illness and violent crime using Swedish national population registers.

  • Intern and Coordinator - FEMME study, University of Oxford
    October 2011 - December 2011

    Trial coordinator for the Oxford site of the multi-centre FEMME study (uterine artery embolisation vs. myomectomy for uterine fibroids), recruiting clinicians.

  • Research Assistant - Department of Health Sciences, University of York
    April 2011

    Co-wrote an internal methodological paper on cluster-RCT analysis with Dr Mona Kanaan.

  • Volunteer - Oxfam shops, York & Oxford
    September 2010 - January 2012

    Organized a fundraising event for schools in York. Administrative and shop-assistant work.

  • Research Assistant - Dept of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York
    April 2009

    Worked with Prof Jonathan Bradshaw to conduct data analyses on repeat abortions in the UK. Wrote a critical appraisal of the Save the Children 'Child Development Index'.

  • Research Intern - L&R Social Research, Vienna
    August 2008

    Project on Austrian apprentices and their career prospects. Performed qualitative interviews with former apprentices.

  • Conference and Banqueting Assistant - Royal York Hotel
    June 2008 - October 2010

    Event management. Waitering, portering, setting up conference rooms, etc.

  • Intern - FAWOS (Centre for Secure Tenancy), Vienna
    August 2007

    Conducted surveys and interviews with tenants. Provided legal and social care information, and translations of charity documents.

  • Intern - Wohndrehscheibe, Vienna
    August 2006

    Provided support to migrants, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals searching for accommodation, and conducted interviews.

  • Intern - ÖSB Consulting, Vienna
    August 2005

    Produced newsletters, web maintenance, and translations for a project on international employment policies.


  • DPhil in Psychiatry
    2013 - 2017

    University of Oxford, UK

    Thesis: "Violence in severe mental illness: Risk factors, risk assessment, and prevention"

  • MSc in Applied Health Research
    2010 - 2011

    University of York, UK

    Dissertation: "Predictive factors of individual changes in problem drinking in brief interventions"

  • BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
    2007 - 2010

    University of York, UK

  • European Baccalaureate
    1993 - 2007

    European School of Brussels 1, Belgium
    Lycée Français in Vienna, Austria

Other work

  • OxRisk Website

    Creator and administrator of OxRisk website, platform for freely available web-based risk calculators.

  • FPRS Website

    Creator and administrator of the website of the Forensic Psychiatry Research Society.

  • Facebook and Mental Wellbeing Website

    Participant information and recruitment website for research study into social media use and mental wellbeing.

Presentations and Public Engagement