Professor Annette Dobson

Professor of Biostatistics

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
a.dobson@sph.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 55346

Overview

Professor Annette Dobson's research interests are in: Biostatistics (generalised linear modelling, clinical biostatistics, statistical methods relevant to longitudinal studies), and Epidemiology (tobacco control, cardiovascular disease, women's health). She is the UQ co-ordinator of the Masters degree in Biostatistics program organised through the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia.

Research Interests

  • Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health
    This is a large national project involving more than 40,000 women and designed to run for at least 20 years. The goal is to examine factors that affect the health of women and their use of health services in the context of their personal, family, social and economic circumstances. It involves a large research team which includes people with expertise in statistics, psychology, sociology, medicine, exercise, nutrition, etc. I am the director of the project.
  • Methodology for Longitudinal Studies
    These studies are becoming popular worldwide because they hold the promise of solving questions relating to causation which cannot be realistically examined using other study designs. They are however very complex and expensive, and they pose substantial statistical challenges. A multidisciplinary group of researchers in the School of Population Health at UQ has a major grant to work on design, measurement and data analysis problems related to these studies.
  • Trends in coronary heart disease
    Heart disease has declined in Australia by more than 40% in the last 30 years, but it is still a leading cause of death, morbidity and health costs. Internationally there are huge differences in rates of heart disease. I directed one of the the Australian centres that participated in the World Health Organisation's MONICA project (to MONItor trends and determinants of CArdiovascular disease). I continue to be involved with the analysis of data from this project.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Management, University of New England
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Adelaide
  • Master of Science, James Cook University
  • PhD, James Cook University

Publications

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Huxley, Rachel R., Taylor, Richard and Dobson, Annette (2017). Risk factors. International encyclopedia of public health. (pp. 383-392) edited by William C. Cockerham.Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00390-8

  • Pachana, Nancy A., Ford, Jessica H., Andrew, Brooke and Dobson, Annette J. (2014). Relations between companion animals and self-reported health in older women: Cause, effect or artifact?. An Exploration of the Health Benefits of Factors That Help Us to Thrive: A Special Issue of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. (pp. 103-110) edited by Gail Ironson and Lynda H. Powell.New York, United States: Taylor and Francis. doi:10.4324/9781315799315-8

  • Jamrozik, Konrad D., Taylor, Richard J. and Dobson, Annette J. (2008). Risk Factors. International Encyclopedia of Public Health. (pp. 606-615) edited by Kristian Heggenhougen and Stella Quah.San Diego, CA, United States: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-012373960-5.00010-1

  • Beaglehole, R. and Dobson, A. J. (2005). Contributions to change: Major risk factors and the potential for prevention. Coronary Heart Disease Epidemiology from Aetiology to Public Health. (pp. 642-653) edited by M. Marmot and P. Elliott.USA: Oxford Univ Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525738.003.0038

  • Dobson, A. J. (2003). Australia-Newcastle (AUS-NEW, AN). MONICA Monograph and Multimedia Sourcebook. World's largest study of heart disease, stroke, risk factors, and population trends 1979-2002. (pp. 93-93) edited by Hugh Tunstall-Pedoe.Geneva: World Health Organization.

  • Dobson, A. J. (2003). Contributions to MONICA Monograph and Multimedia Sourcebook.. MONICA monograph and multimedia sourcebook : world's largest study of heart disease, stroke, risk factors and population trends 1979-2002. (pp. xx-xx) edited by H. Tunstall-Pedoe, K. Kuulasmaa, H. Tolonen, M. Davidson and S. Mendis.Geneva: World Health Organisation.

  • Dobson, A. J. (2003). Routine Mortality Data. MONICA Monograph and Multimedia Sourcebook. World's largest study of heart disease, stroke, risk factors, and population trends 1979-2002. (pp. 35-36) edited by Hugh Tunstall-Pedoe.Geneva: World Health Organization.

  • Dobson, A. J. (2003). Statistical Analysis - relating changes in risk factors and treatment to changes in event rates. MONICA Monograph and Multimedia Sourcebook. World's largest study of heart disease, stroke, risk factors, and population trends 1979-2002. (pp. 77-78) edited by Hugh Tunstall-Pedoe.Geneva: World Health Organization.

  • Brown, W. J., Mishra, G., Kenardy, J. A. and Dobson, A. J. (2001). Too fat, too thin, just right: What is a healthy weight for young women?. Women's Health Australia Progress on the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health 1995-2000. (pp. 114-119) edited by C. Lee.Brisbane, Australia: Australian Academic Press.

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Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision