Dr Murthy Mittinty
I am a senior research fellow in the School of Public Health. My research interests are in application of statistical methods to problems concerning public health, design and analysis of observational data, imputation of missing data and causal inference.
I am interested in supervising PhD students with strong mathematics and statistics background who are willing to do methodological as well as applied research. I am currently looking for students who are interested in doing PhD.
My primary methodological research concerns how we distinguish between association and causation in the health sciences and the study of the mechanisms by which causal effects arise. The current focus of my work includes the analysis of pathways (Mediation), assessments of interaction, and the evaluation of network. My research employs counterfactual theory and ideas from causal inference to clarify and formalise concepts used by epidemiologists, and health researchers.
My secondary methodological research interests include development of models for dynamic systems, imputation of skewed data, and development of indices.
My empirical work is in the area of child development and life course epidemiology. In child development epidemiology, I have worked on nutritional effects on IQ, developed measures that allow assess adherence to nutritional guidelines during early life of children. Assess and identify income inequalities on cognition, assess the role of current poverty in mediating the effects of childhood poverty on cognitive outcomes. In dental epidemiology, I have been studying the pathways that effect periodontal outcomes. In educational epidemiology, I have been studying the role of non-cognition in mediating the effects of cognition on school achievement.
|2011||Biostatistician||School of Public Health|
|2010 - 2011||Biostatistician||University of South Australia|
|2008 - 2010||Postdoctoral Research Fellow||Queensland University of Technology|
|2006 - 2008||Postdoctoral Research Fellow||National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research|
|English||Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review|
|Hindi||Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review|
|Kannada||Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review|
|Telugu||Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review|
|2000 - 2004||University of Canterbury||New Zealand||PhD|
|M.Stat||Institute of Social Sciences,University of Agra||India|
|MPS||International Institute of Population Sciences||India|
|2011||AStat||Statistical Society of Australia Inc||Australia|
|2017||Nascimento,G, Peres,M, Mittinty,M, Peres,K, Do,L, Horta,B, Gigante,D, Correa,M, Demarco,F, 2017, Diet-Induced Overweight and Obesity and Periodontitis Risk: An Application of the Parametric G-Formula in the 1982 Pelotas Birth Cohort, American Journal Of Epidemiology, 185, 6, 442-451 10.1093/aje/kww187|
|2017||Gaikwad,M, Vanlint,S, Mittinity,M, Moseley,G, Stocks,N, 2017, Does vitamin D supplementation alleviate chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain? A systematic review and meta-analysis, Clinical Rheumatology, 36, 5, 1201-1208 10.1007/s10067-016-3205-1|
|2017||Chong,S, Chittleborough,C, Gregory,T, Lynch,J, Mittinty,M, Smithers,L, 2017, Associations of parental food-choice control and use of food to soothe with adiposity in childhood and adolescence, Appetite, 113, 71-77 10.1016/j.appet.2017.02.018|
|2017||Gorjian,N, Sun,Y, Ma,L, Yarlagadda,P, Mittinty,M, 2017, Remaining useful life prediction of rotating equipment using covariate-based hazard models–Industry applications, Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 15, 1, 36-45 10.1080/14484846.2015.1093251|
|2017||Nascimento,G, Peres,K, Mittinty,M, Mejia,G, Silva,D, Gonzalez-Chica,D, Peres,M, 2017, Obesity and periodontal outcomes: a population-based cohort study in Brazil, Journal of Periodontology, 88, 1, 50-58 10.1902/jop.2016.160361|
|2017||Gaikwad,M, Vanlint,S, Moseley,G, Mittinty,M, Stocks,N, 2017, Understanding patient perspectives on management of their chronic pain: Online survey protocol, Journal of Pain Research, 10, 31-35 10.2147/JPR.S124710|
|2017||Maika,A, Mittinty,M, Brinkman,S, Lynch,J, 2017, Associations of early- and later-childhood poverty with child cognitive function in Indonesia: effect decomposition in the presence of exposure-induced mediator-outcome confounding, American Journal of Epidemiology, 185, 10, 879-887 10.1093/aje/kww195|
|2016||Sawyer,M, Reece,C, Bowering,K, Jeffs,D, Sawyer,A, Peters,J, Mpundu-Kaambwa,C, Clark,J, McDonald,D, Mittinty,M et al, 2016, Usage, adherence and attrition: how new mothers engage with a nurse-moderated web-based intervention to support maternal and infant health. A 9-month observational study, BMJ Open, 6, 8, e009967-1-e009967-11 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009967|
|2016||Pham,C, Gibb,C, Mittinty,M, Fitridge,R, Marshall,V, Karnon,J, 2016, A comparison of propensity score-based approaches to health service evaluation: a case study of a preoperative physician-led clinic for high-risk surgical patients, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 22, 5, 761-770 10.1111/jep.12537|
|2016||Chong,S, Chittleborough,C, Gregory,T, Mittinty,M, Lynch,J, Smithers,L, 2016, Parenting practices at 24 to 47 Months and IQ at age 8: effect-measure modification by infant temperament, PLoS One, 11, 3, e0152452-1-e0152452-16 10.1371/journal.pone.0152452|
|2016||Pearce,A, Sawyer,A, Chittleborough,C, Mittinty,M, Law,C, Lynch,J, 2016, Do early life cognitive ability and self-regulation skills explain socio-economic inequalities in academic achievement? An effect decomposition analysis in UK and Australian cohorts, Social Science and Medicine, 165, -, 108-118 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.07.016|
|2016||Brinkman,S, Johnson,S, Codde,J, Hart,M, Straton,J, Mittinty,M, Silburn,S, 2016, Efficacy of infant simulator programmes to prevent teenage pregnancy: a school-based cluster randomised controlled trial in Western Australia, The Lancet, 388, 10057, 2264-2271 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)30384-1|
|2015||Rao,S, Mejia,G, Roberts-Thomson,K, Logan,R, Kamath,V, Kulkarni,M, Mittinty,M, 2015, Estimating the effect of childhood socioeconomic disadvantage on oral cancer in India using marginal structural models, Epidemiology, 26, 4, 509-517 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000312|
|2015||Gialamas,A, Mittinty,MN, Sawyer,MG, Zubrick,SR, Lynch,J, 2015, Time spent in different types of childcare and children's development at school entry: an Australian longitudinal study, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 100, 3, 226-232 10.1136/archdischild-2014-306626|
|2015||Chandrasegaram,M, Chiam,S, Chen,J, Khalid,A, Mittinty,M, Neo,E, Tan,C, Dolan,P, Brooke-Smith,M, Kanhere,H et al, 2015, Distribution and pathological features of pancreatic, ampullary, biliary and duodenal cancers resected with pancreaticoduodenectomy, World Journal of Surgical Oncology, 13, 1, 85-1-85-7 10.1186/s12957-015-0498-5|
|2015||Maika,A, Mittinty,M, Brinkman,S, Lynch,J, 2015, Effect on child cognitive function of increasing household expenditure in Indonesia: application of a marginal structural model and simulation of a cash transfer programme, International journal of epidemiology, 44, 1, 218-228 10.1093/ije/dyu264|
|2015||Gialamas,A, Mittinty,M, Sawyer,M, Zubrick,S, Lynch,J, 2015, Social inequalities in childcare quality and their effects on children's development at school entry: findings from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 69, 9, 841-848 10.1136/jech-2014-205031|
|2015||Sawyer,A, Chittleborough,C, Mittinty,M, Miller-Lewis,L, Sawyer,M, Sullivan,T, Lynch,J, 2015, Are trajectories of self-regulation abilities from ages 2-3 to 6-7 associated with academic achievement in the early school years?, Child: Care, Health and Development, 41, 5, 744-754 10.1111/cch.12208|
|2014||Gialamas,A, Sawyer,A, Mittinty,M, Zubrick,S, Sawyer,M, Lynch,J, 2014, Quality of childcare influences children's attentiveness and emotional regulation at school entry, Journal of Pediatrics, 165, 4, 813-819.e3 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.06.011|
|2014||Miller-Lewis,L, Sawyer,A, Searle,A, Mittinty,M, Sawyer,M, Lynch,J, 2014, Student-teacher relationship trajectories and mental health problems in young children, BMC Psychology, 2, 1, 27-1-27-18 10.1186/s40359-014-0027-2|
|2014||Chittleborough,C, Mittinty,M, Lawlor,D, Lynch,J, 2014, Effects of simulated interventions to improve school entry academic skills on socioeconomic inequalities in educational achievement, Child development, 85, 6, 2247-2262 10.1111/cdev.12309|
|2014||Singla,A, Broadbridge,V, Mittinty,M, Beeke,C, Maddern,G, 2014, Rural populations have equal surgical and survival outcomes in metastatic colorectal cancer, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 22, 5, 249-256 10.1111/ajr.12133|
|2014||Sawyer,A, Chittleborough,C, Lynch,J, Baghurst,P, Mittinty,N, Kaim,A, Sawyer,M, 2014, Can screening 4-5 year olds accurately identify children who will have teacher-reported mental health problems when children are ages 6-7 years?, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48, 6, 554-563 10.1177/0004867413514491|
|2014||Gialamas,A, Mittinty,N, Sawyer,M, Zubrick,S, Lynch,J, 2014, Child care quality and children's cognitive and socio-emotional development: an Australian longitudinal study, Early Child Development and Care, 184, 7, 977-997 10.1080/03004430.2013.847835|
|2013||Brazionis,L, Golley,R, Mittinty,N, Smithers,L, Emmett,P, Northstone,K, Lynch,J, 2013, Diet spanning infancy and toddlerhood is associated with child blood pressure at age 7.5 y, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 97, 6, 1375-1386 10.3945/ajcn.112.038489|
|2013||Golley,R, Smithers,L, Mittinty,N, Emmett,P, Northstone,K, Lynch,J, 2013, Diet quality of UK infants is associated with dietary, adiposity, cardiovascular, and cognitive outcomes measured at 7-8 years of age, Journal of Nutrition, 143, 10, 1611-1617 10.3945/jn.112.170605|
|2013||Mittinty,N, Golley,R, Smithers,L, Brazionis,L, Lynch,J, 2013, A preference based measure of complementary feeding quality: Application to the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, PLoS One, 8, 10, 1-10 10.1371/journal.pone.0076111|
|2013||Maika,A, Mittinty,N, Brinkman,S, Harper,S, Satriawan,E, Lynch,J, 2013, Changes in socioeconomic inequality in Indonesian children's cognitive function from 2000 to 2007: a decomposition analysis, PLoS One, 8, 10, e78809-1-e78809-9 10.1371/journal.pone.0078809|
|2013||Roe,Y, Zeitz,C, Mittinty,N, McDermott,R, Chew,D, 2013, Impact of age, gender and indigenous status on access to diagnostic coronary angiography for patients presenting with non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndromes in Australia, Internal Medicine Journal, 43, 3, 317-322 10.1111/imj.12050|
|2013||Smithers,L, Golley,R, Mittinty,N, Brazionis,L, Northstone,K, Emmett,P, Lynch,J, 2013, Do dietary trajectories between infancy and toddlerhood influence IQ in childhood and adolescence? Results from a prospective birth cohort study, PLoS One, 8, 3, 1-9 10.1371/journal.pone.0058904|
|2012||Smithers,L, Golley,R, Mittinty,N, Brazionis,L, Northstone,K, Emmett,P, Lynch,J, 2012, Dietary patterns at 6, 15 and 24 months of age are associated with IQ at 8 years of age, European Journal of Epidemiology, 27, 7, 525-535 10.1007/s10654-012-9715-5|
|2012||Brazionis,L, Golley,R, Mittinty,N, Smithers,L, Emmett,P, Northstone,K, Lynch,J, 2012, Characterization of transition diets spanning infancy and toddlerhood: a novel, multiple-time-point application of principal components analysis, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 95, 5, 1200-1208 10.3945/ajcn.111.026575|
|2012||Brinkman,S, Gialamas,A, Rahman,A, Mittinty,N, Gregory,T, Silburn,S, Goldfeld,S, Zubrick,S, Carr,V, Janus,M et al, 2012, Jurisdictional, socioeconomic and gender inequalities in child health and development: analysis of a national census of 5-year-olds in Australia, BMJ Open, 2, 5, 1-14 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001075|
|2012||Golley,R, Smithers,L, Mittinty,N, Brazionis,L, Emmett,P, Northstone,K, Campbell,K, McNaughton,S, Lynch,J, 2012, An index measuring adherence to complementary feeding guidelines has convergent validity as a measure of infant diet quality, Journal of Nutrition, 142, 5, 901-908 10.3945/jn.111.154971|
|2012||Smithers,L, Brazionis,L, Golley,R, Mittinty,N, Northstone,K, Emmett,P, McNaughton,S, Campbell,K, Lynch,J, 2012, Associations between dietary patterns at 6 and 15 months of age and sociodemographic factors, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 66, 6, 658-666 10.1038/ejcn.2011.219|
|2010||Makowski,D, Mittinty,MN, 2010, Comparison of Scoring Systems for Invasive Pests Using ROC Analysis and Monte Carlo Simulations, Risk Analysis, 30, 6, 906-915 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2010.01393.x|
|2012||Gaikwad,M, Mittinty,N, Rogers,M, 2012, Effect of digital infrared thermal imaging and cold laser therapy on chronic lower back pain|
|2015||Pearce,A, Sawyer,A, Chittleborough,CR, Mittinty,NM, Lynch,J, 2015, Relative contributions of early-life cognitive ability and self-regulation in mediating social inequalities in academic ability: effect decomposition in contemporary UK and Australian cohorts, Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies International Conference, Dublin|
|2014||Chong,SY, Chittleborough,CR, Gregory,T, Mittinty,NM, Lynch,J, Smithers,L, 2014, Using marginal structural models to estimate the direct effect of temperament at 2-3 years on receptive vocabulary and academic achievement at 6-7 years, Occasional Temperament Conference, Lincoln, Nebraska|
|2014||Chong,SY, Chittleborough,CR, Gregory,T, Mittinty,NM, Lynch,J, Smithers,L, 2014, Influence of parenting and child temperament on Intelligence Quotient (IQ) at 8 years, Occasional Temperament Conference, Lincoln, Nebraska|
|2013||Chittleborough,CR, Lawlor,D, Mittinty,NM, Lynch,J, 2013, Effects of interventions to improve school readiness on social inequalities in educational achievement, Non-Communicable Disease Epidemic: Epidemiology in Action, EuroEpi 2013, Aarhus, Denmark 10.1007/s10654-013-9820-0|
|2012||Sawyer,A, Chittleborough,CR, Mittinty,NM, Sawyer,M, Lynch,J, 2012, The importance of children’s development of self-regulation in early life for later school readiness and academic achievement, The 11th Australian Conference for Personality and Individual Differences, Melbourne|
|2012||Sawyer,A, Chittleborough,CR, Lawlor,D, Sawyer,M, Mittinty,NM, Lynch,J, 2012, The role of attention and emotion regulation in school readiness and school performance, Population Health Congress, Adelaide|
|2015||Gialamas,A; 2015; The quality, type and time spent in child care in the first three years of life and children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development at school entry|
Gialamas A., Mittinty M.N., Lynch J.W. Parenting as an investment in child development: what matters and when? Channel 7 grants 69,574.
Plikington R, Chittleborough C., Mittinty M.N, Guthridge,S., Petersen J., and Lynch JW. Child Maltreatment and School Outcomes, Channel 7 Grants 69,574.
Silburn S, Lynch J, Guthridge S, Midford R, Schurer S, Shaw P, Brimblecombe. Walter M, Bodkin-Andrews G, Improving the developmental outcomes of NT Territory children: a datalinkage study to inform policy and practice in health, family services and education. NHMRC-Partnership Project $924761.20 PSP on this grant, Mittinty MN.
Lynch J, Chittleborough C, Smithers L, Sawyer M, Brinkman S, Mittinty M, Sawyer A, Bowering K. Child health and development: a South Australian data linkage study. National Health and Medical Research Council - Partnership Project. $453,131, CI- E on this grant
Gurmeet Singh, Sue Sayers, Heather D'Antoine, Murthy N Mittinty, Tricia Nagel, Wendy Hoy, Anne Chang, John Lynch: APP1046391 - Implications of early life and contemporary influences on body composition, mental health, and precursors of chronic diseases in the Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study $2,240,417.63. 2013. Co-investigator D on this grant.
Workshop funding worth of $5000 was secured from Otago University.
Investigating Health and Disease, Semester -2.
Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (DES Course Co-ordinator) 2016
Aubyn Mary Pincomb (Propensity score methods, methodology)
Angela Gialamas (Employed with School of Public Health University of Adelaide)
Amelia Maika (Employed in Indonesia, works on World Bank Project)
Shiau Yun Chong (Employed at Melbourne Children's Hospital)
Nima Gorjian (Employed at SA Water)
|2016||Member||Statistical Society of Australia Inc||Australia|
|2016||Member||Institute of Mathematical Statistics||United States|
|2016||Member||New Zealand Statistical Society||New Zealand|
|2010||Member||Statistical Society of Australia||Australia|
|2014||Founder||Causal Inference Group||University of Adelaide, Vic Biostat||Australia|
|2013||Council||Continued Professional Development,||Statistical Society of Australia Inc||Australia|