Melissa Humphries

Dr Melissa Humphries

Associate Lecturer

School of Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

My background research activities are mainly in the fields of Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Psychology and I have recently completed my PhD in the area of Mathematical Psychology. It looked at two broad areas:

1. Effective wastewater sampling techniques for measuring illicit drug consumption extent.
2. Application of cognitive models in a clinical context.

I have published first author papers in both of these fields with both cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional teams. I am also interested in statistical applications across all fields and am currently researching in the forensic science space.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Rahmat, R. A. -A. R., Humphries, M., Austin, J., Linacre, A., Raven, M., & Self, P. (2020). Integrating spectrophotometric and XRD analyses in the investigation of burned dental remains. Forensic Science International, 310, 110236-1-110236-9.
    2016 Lai, F., O'Brien, J., Thai, P., Hall, W., Chan, G., Bruno, R., . . . Mueller, J. (2016). Cocaine, MDMA and methamphetamine residues in wastewater: Consumption trends (2009-2015) in South East Queensland, Australia. Science of the Total Environment, 568, 803-809.
    DOI Scopus32 WoS32 Europe PMC4
    2016 Humphries, M., Bruno, R., Lai, F., Thai, P., Holland, B., O'Brien, J., . . . Mueller, J. (2016). Evaluation of monitoring schemes for wastewater-based epidemiology to identify drug use trends using cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA and methadone. Environmental Science and Technology, 50(9), 4760-4768.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS8 Europe PMC2
    2016 Manning, E., Holland, B., Ellingsen, S., Breen, S., Chen, X., & Humphries, M. (2016). Comparison of three statistical classification techniques for maser identification. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 33, e015-1-e015-30.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2015 Humphries, M., Bruno, R., Karpievitch, Y., & Wotherspoon, S. (2015). The expectancy valence model of the iowa gambling task: Can it produce reliable estimates for individuals?. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 64-65, 17-34.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    McArthur, L., & Humphries, M. A. (n.d.). Multi-model mimicry for model selection according to generalised
    goodness-of-fit criteria.


Courses Summary

Date Taught Developed  Coordinated Course Title Institution Course Level/ Code URL
2019 x   x Time Series III University of Adelaide STATS 3005, 7058 Link
2018-2019 x   x Mathematical Background for Biostatistics University of Adelaide BIOSTATS 6001EX Link
2018-2020 x x x Statistical Practice 1 University of Adelaide STATS 1000, 1004, 1504 Link
2016-2017 x x x Big Decisions! Rational belief and action in an uncertain world University of Tasmania XBR111 Link
2011-2017 x x x Statistical Analysis Using R University of Tasmania KMA711 Link
2015-2017 x x x Data Handling and Statistics 2 University of Tasmania KMA253 Link
2014-2016 x x x First year Medicine (Statistics Component) University of Tasmania CAM102  


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Co-Supervisor A retrospective analysis of drug-related coronial deaths in SA over 30 years Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Lilli Grace Stephenson
    2020 Principal Supervisor Building a recommender system to increase successful outcomes in crime scene analysis. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Louise Margaret Campbell
    2020 Principal Supervisor Large-scale social media sentiment analysis as a predictor of public behaviour in Australia. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Saranzaya Magsarjav
    2019 Co-Supervisor Four dimensional, highly correlated, longitudinal data with informative missingness: The statistical challenge of predicting childhood mental health from fMRI data. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthew James Ryan
    2019 Principal Supervisor Analysis of Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) for Identification and Comparison of Forensic Glass Samples in Australia Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Oliver James Lountain
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Explanatory statistical modelling of influences of demographic experience on political identity Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Lachlann Bradley McArthur
  • Position: Associate Lecturer
  • Phone: 83135265
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 6
  • Room: 6.58
  • Org Unit: School of Mathematical Sciences

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