Dr Alice Richardson

BA(Hons) Well, MStats PhD ANU
Director, Statistical Consulting Unit
T: 6125 0562

Areas of expertise

  • Statistics 0104

Research interests

Multilevel modelling

Statistical properties of computer intensive methods

Multiple imputation of missing data

Statistics education


I studied at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, then at the Australian National University, Canberra. My PhD was on the statistical properties of robust methods of estimation for multilevel linear models.

I have twenty years of experience in teaching undergraduate statistics at the University of Canberra. During that time I also collaborated on quantitative research projects in every Faculty of the University. In 2016 I took up a position as biostatistician at the National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health at the Australian National University.

From October 2019 I took up the role of Director of the Statistical Consulting Unit at ANU.

My research interests are in linear models and robust statistics; statistical properties of data mining methods; applications of statistical methods to large data sets especially in population health and the biomedical sciences; and innovation in statistics education.

Researcher's projects

Filling in the blanks: a spatial visualisation tool to align national health outcome data with regional health policy objectives. NHMRC funded project. Positions will be available in 2020 for a postdoc, PhD student, research assistant and software developer. Please get in touch if you are interested in any aspect of this project.

A quantitative analysis of the pathways of care for children and adolscents who self-harm in the ACT, Australia. Suicide Prevention Australia funded project.

Small area estimation of smoking prevalence in all regions of Australia. RSSS Cross-College funded project.

A spatially-explicit microsimulation analysis of a proposed sugar tax on population heath in the ACT. RSSS Cross-College funded project.

Biobanks, big data and ME: establishing a global registry and biobank in Australia and using it for blood biomarkers research. Mason Foundation funded project.

Dementia Stigma Reduction (DESeRvE) through edcation and virtual contact n the general public: a multi-arn factorial randomised controlled trial. Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation funded project.


Available student projects

Filling in the blanks: a spatial visualisation tool to align national health outcome data with regional health policy objectives. This NHMRC-funded project will commence in July 2020 and includes a stipend for a PhD student to work on methodological issues related to small area estimation of health outcomes such as smoking status. Please get in touch urgently if you have an interest in this project.

Facial expression in determining severity of chronic fatigue. Ethics approval for this project is under way. This research is particuarly suitable for Medical School first year students with an interest in primary data collection and psychological aspects of illness.

Multiple imputation in meta-analysis. This project focuses on how advances in multiple imputation can be brought to bear on the issue of publication bias in meta-analysis.

Current student projects

Organisational citizenship behaviour and organisational effectiveness

Multiple imputation in multilevel models

Past student projects

Seasonal patterns of Chlamydia pneumonia and Mycoplasma pneumonia infections in the Australian Capital Territory, 1997-2007.

The impact of school versus community-based interventions in the control of soil-transmitted helminth infections in school-aged children in remote areas of Timor-Leste

Improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander childern in Australia

Novel signal processing methods for species identification

Effect of oral corrective feedback and implicit instruction on EFL learners’ pragmatic development

Employee work passion: leadership behaviour, employee affect and work intentions

High sensitivity troponin: its use in diagnosis of cardiac dysfunction

The impact of Islamic work values on employee work performance in Malaysia

Computational aspects of transfusion-transmitted viruses

Dynamic change process: how do cognitive readiness drivers inform change agents on employee behavioural change intention

Missing data in pathology databases

Robust methods in logistic regression


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