Melissa Humphries

Dr Melissa Humphries

Lecturer

School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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
    2022 Stephenson, L., Wills, S., van den Heuvel, C., Humphries, M., & Byard, R. W. (2022). Increasing use of sodium nitrite in suicides—an emerging trend. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 18(3), 311-318.
    DOI
    2022 O’Donovan, S., Humphries, M., van den Heuvel, C., Baldock, M., & Byard, R. W. (2022). Cardiac disease and driver fatality. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 18(3), 329-332.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2022 Stephenson, L., van den Heuvel, C., Humphries, M., & Byard, R. W. (2022). Characteristic features of self-immolation in a western population. Pathology, 54, S70.
    DOI
    2022 O’Donovan, S., van den Heuvel, C., Baldock, M., Humphries, M. A., & Byard, R. W. (2022). Fatal blunt chest trauma: an evaluation of rib fracture patterns and age. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 136(5), 1351-1357.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2022 Lountain, O., Tuke, J., Brown, H., Redman, K., Wilczek, S., & Humphries, M. A. (2022). A multivariate extension to the standard 4σ criterion for comparison of forensic glass evidence. Forensic Science International, 338, 7 pages.
    DOI
    2022 Stephenson, L., van den Heuvel, C., Humphries, M., & Byard, R. W. (2022). Characteristics of fatal insulin overdoses. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 18(4), 429-441.
    DOI WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2022 Stephenson, L., Grabowski, M., Van Den Heuvel, C., Humphries, M., & Byard, R. W. (2022). Success of Low Aromatic Fuel in Preventing Gasoline Sniffing Deaths. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, 43(4), 354-358.
    DOI
    2022 O’Donovan, S., van den Heuvel, C., Baldock, M., Humphries, M., & Byard, R. W. (2022). Seasonal variation in cutaneous seat belt markings in fatal vehicle crashes. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 4 pages.
    DOI
    2022 O’Donovan, S., van den Heuvel, C., Baldock, M., Humphries, M. A., & Byard, R. W. (2022). Seat belt injuries and external markings at autopsy in cases of lethal vehicle crashes. Medicine, Science and the Law, 8 pages.
    DOI
    2022 Celma, A., Bade, R., Sancho, J. V., Hernandez, F., Humphries, M., & Bijlsma, L. (2022). Prediction of Retention Time and Collision Cross Section (CCS<inf>H+</inf>, CCS<inf>H-</inf>, and CCS<inf>Na+</inf>) of Emerging Contaminants Using Multiple Adaptive Regression Splines. Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, 62(22), 5425-5434.
    DOI
    2022 O'Donovan, S., Lewis, D., Van Den Heuvel, C., Baldock, M., Humphries, M. A., & Byard, R. W. (2022). Methamphetamine and alcohol detection in vehicle-driver fatalities in South Australia: A 10-year survey (2008-2018).. J Forensic Sci, 67(1), 257-264.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2022 Johnson, S., Maclean, J., Vozzo, R. F., Koerber, A., & Humphries, M. A. (2022). Don't throw the student out with the bathwater: online assessment strategies your class won't hate. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 53(3), 627-638.
    DOI
    2021 Rahmat, R. A., Humphries, M. A., Austin, J. J., Linacre, A. M. T., & Self, P. (2021). The development of a tool to predict temperature-exposure of incinerated teeth using colourimetric and hydroxyapatite crystal size data. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 135(5), 2045-2053.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2021 Stephenson, L., Kenneally, M., van den Heuvel, C., Humphries, M., Stockham, P., & Byard, R. W. (2021). Recent trends in barbiturate detection in medicolegal deaths. Legal Medicine, 53, 1-5.
    DOI
    2021 Rahmat, R. A., Humphries, M. A., Linacre, A. M. T., Malik, A., Saedon, N. A., & Austin, J. J. (2021). Freeze-drying improves DNA yield from teeth. Forensic Science International, 326, 110938.
    DOI
    2021 Bade, R., Tscharke, B. J., O’Brien, J. W., Magsarjav, S., Humphries, M., Ghetia, M., . . . Gerber, C. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 Controls on the Use of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol in Australia. Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 8(9), 799-804.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8
    2020 Rahmat, R. A. -A. R., Humphries, M., Austin, J. 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.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    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 Scopus58 WoS55 Europe PMC11
    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 Scopus16 WoS15 Europe PMC4
    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 Scopus2 WoS2
    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 Scopus6 WoS5
    - McArthur, L., & Humphries, M. A. (n.d.). Multi-model mimicry for model selection according to generalised
    goodness-of-fit criteria.
    - Ryan, M., Glonek, G., Humphries, M., & Tuke, J. (n.d.). Multivariate distance matrix regression for a manifold-valued response
    variable.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2022 McCormick, K. (2022). Developing a Strong(er) Theory of Eyewitness Memory: The Selection, Verification, and Application of Mathematical Models of Identification Decisions. (PhD Thesis, University of Adelaide).

 

Courses Summary

Date Taught Developed  Coordinated Course Title Institution Course Level/ Code URL
2021 x x x Data Literacy University of Adelaide MATHS 1005 Link
2020-2021 x x x Statistical Analysis and Modelling University of Adelaide STATS 1005 Link
2020 x     Research Methods and Statistics University of Adelaide MATHS 7025 Link
2020 x x   MathTrackX University of Adelaide Pre-Tertiary MOOC series Link
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
    2022 Co-Supervisor Re-imagining the concept of marks for more accurate assessment of each student's understanding Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Christina Anne Tait
    2022 Co-Supervisor Identifying and preventing the coordinated spread of misinformation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Scott James Carnie-Bronca
    2020 Co-Supervisor A retrospective analysis of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical substance-related coronial deaths in SA over 20 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 Part Time Miss Saranzaya Magsarjav
    2019 Principal 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
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Developing a Strong(er) Theory of Eyewitness Memory: The Selection, Verification, and Application of Mathematical Models of Identification Decisions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Kym Michelle McCormick
    2019 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Statistical Methods for Comparison of Forensic Glass Samples in Australia Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Oliver James Lountain
    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: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83135265
  • Email: melissa.humphries@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 6
  • Org Unit: Mathematical Sciences

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