Dr Alice Richardson

BA(Hons) Well, MStats PhD ANU
Lead, Statistical Support Network
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
  • Sustainable Development Goals #1 (No poverty), #2 (Zero hunger), #3 (Good health and wellbeing), #4 (Quality education), #6 (Clean water and sanitation) and #10 (Reduced inequalities)


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. A restructure in 2021 saw this role transition to the Lead of the Statistical Support Network.

In 2023 I was named by the Royal Statistical Society's Significance magazine as one of 60 prominent Australian statisticans, in honour of the 60th anniversary of the Statistical Society of Australia (https://www.significancemagazine.com/10-news/739-60-for-the-60th-celebrating-ssa-s-60th-anniversary).

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.

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

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


User experience of geographical information systems. This research is particuarly suitable for Medical School first year students with an interest in primary data collection and the way in which humans interpret information conveyed in maps.


Current student projects

Bivariate outcome small area estimation using spatial Bayesian hierarchical models

Cancer epidemiology and lifestyle risk factors for oral cancer in Maldives


Past student projects

Developing an assessment tool for climate change and health risks in Pacific Island Countries 

 Diagnosis of Hepatitis B in Nigerian patients by pathology data ming and pattern recognition algorithms

Description of patients evacuated by the RFDS for Substance Abuse Disorders

Organisational citizenship behaviour and organisational effectiveness

Response of the Royal Flying Doctor Service to the COVID19 pandemic

Comparison of visual quality, cost, availability, and cultivars of fruits and vegetables across retail streams in the Canberra region

Textual analysis of clinical notes to predict outcome of Hepatitis virus immunoassay

Novel statistical approaches to identify risk factors for soil-transmitted helminth infection in Timor-Leste

Multiple imputation of missing data in multilevel models

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

Postural changes in heart rate and pulse pressure in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients versus healthy controls

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

The relationship between heart rate and pulse pressure in ME/CFS patients

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

An investigation into outlier elimination and calculation methods used in the determination of reference intervals using Immunoglobulin as model data

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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