Murthy Mittinty

Dr Murthy Mittinty

Senior Lecturer (Biostatistics)

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


I am a Senior Lecturer of Biostatistics at The University of Adelaide, School of Public Health, Better Start Group. I am unit coordinator of the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia. I completed my doctoral studies in Mathematical Statistics at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Before joining UoA, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Queensland University of Technology, where I worked with Prof. Kerrie Mengersen.

My research interests are in the application of statistical methods to problems concerning public health and causal inference. I am interested in supervising, PhD/Masters in Biostatistics, 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/Masters in Public Health.

Research

Overall, the objective of my research is to develop efficient and robust methodologies that minimize the need for assumptions that are not motivated by available scientific knowledge. I am especially interested in developing methods that allow evaluate the network, and study the mechanisms by which causal effects arise. My research employs counterfactual theory and ideas from causal inference to clarify and formalise concepts used by epidemiologists, and health researchers. My work is motivated by applications in public health and medicine, and has been used to analyze data from complex observational studies as well as clinical trials. With my research, I hope to provide tools that facilitate the conduct of transparent and replicable science.

Methodological / Theoretical Interests

My statistical research generally lies at the intersection of parametric and semiparametric statistics, causal inference, infectious disease modelling and statistical epidemiology. Several topics I have been most interested in are listed below.

1. CAUSAL INFERENCE

2. STATISTICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY 

3. BUG AND DRUG RESISTANCE MODELLING

4. DEVELOPMENT OF INDICES

Substantive Interests

My substantive interests and collaborations have spanned a wide range of areas in public health and medicine. However, more recently, my work has been largely motivated by statistical challenges arising in the area of child development and life course epidemiology. I also continue to work closely with collaborators in infectious disease, pain medicine, dental epidemiology and environmental health sciences. Lastly, I have an interest in studying the role of non-cognition in mediating the effects of cognition on school achievement.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    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
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    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
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2000 - 2004 University of Canterbury New Zealand PhD
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    M.Stat Institute of Social Sciences,University of Agra India
    MPS International Institute of Population Sciences India
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2011 AStat Statistical Society of Australia Inc Australia
  • Research Interests

2019-2020 Thriving in adversity: disadvantaged children performing well in school Chittleborough C, Schuch H, Pilkington R, Mittinty M, Lynch J. Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation AUD 72,164
2019-2020 Early life adversity: trajectories to mental health and drug use Femke Buisman-Pijlman, Mittinty M, Linda Gowing, Ian Symonds Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation AUD 60,000
2018   Grzeskowiak, Amir, Smithers, Jacobs, Ingman, Grivell, Knight. AI Mittinty NHMRC project Grant AUD 980,000
2018 Endevour Executive Fellowship Mittinty N M Department of Education and Training AUD 23,500
2016-2020
EMPOWER: Health Systems, Adversity and Child Well Being. 1099422 Lynch J, Sawyer M, Mol B, Roberts C, Dekker G, Stocks N, Schurer S, Gurrin L, Dwyer N, Bowering K. (AIs: Jeffs D, Dandie L, Frank O, Mittinty M, Law C, Cobb-Clark D, Smithers L, Chittleborough C) NHMRC AUD 2,497,572
2013-2016 Child health and development: a South Australian data linkage study. 1056888 Lynch J, Chittleborough C, Smithers L, Sawyer M, Brinkman S, Mittinty M, Sawyer A, Bowering K. NHMRC AUD 453,131
2017-2019 Parenting as an investment in child development: what matters and when?  Gialamas  A.,  Mittinty  M.N.,  Lynch J.W. Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation AUD 69,574
2017-2019 Child Maltreatment and School Outcomes Plikington R, Chittleborough C., Mittinty M.N, Guthridge,S., Petersen J., and Lynch JW. Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation AUD 69,574
2015-2018 Improving the developmental outcomes of NT Territory children: a datalinkage study to inform policy and practice in health, family services and education. Silburn S, Lynch J, Guthridge S, Midford R, Schurer S, Shaw P, Brimblecombe. Walter M, Bodkin-Andrews G, PSP on this grant, Mittinty MN NHMRC-Partnership Project AUD $924761.20
2013-2015 Implications of early life and contemporary influences on body composition, mental health, and precursors of chronic diseases in the Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study : APP1046391 Gurmeet Singh, Sue Sayers, Heather D'Antoine, Murthy N Mittinty, Tricia Nagel, Wendy Hoy, Anne Chang, John Lynch NHMRC project grant AUD $2,240,417.63.
2007 Workshop funding Mittinty M N   NZD $5000

 

Year Subject Under Graduate/ Post Graduate Online/Face to Face Semester Number of Students Enrolled (Completed) Role of Teaching
2019 Design of Experiments Post Graduate Online 2 110 (86) Unit Coordinator
2019 Data Management and Computational Statistics Post Graduate Online 1 40 (36) Unit Coordinator
2018 Design of Experiments Post Graduate Online 2 80 (64) Unit Coordinator
2017 Design of Experiments Post Graduate Online 2 78 (68) Unit Coordinator
2016 Design of Experiments Post graduate Online 2 92 (80) Unit Coordinator
2015  Investigating Health and Disease Under Graduate Face  to Face 2 40 Lecturer
2015 Design of Experiments Post Graduate Online 2 48 Lecturer
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Prediction modeling in oral health epidemiology: methods and application Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Mi Du
    2015 Co-Supervisor How can Routinely collected Clinical Data be used to Screen Clinical Services for Important Capacity for Improvement? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Aubyn Mary Pincombe
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Children's Temperament and Parenting Practices in the First Five Years of Life and Cognitive, Academic and Adiposity Outcomes in Later Childhood and Adolescence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Shiau Yun Chong
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Effects of Inequality, Family Investment and Early Childhood Interventions on Children Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Wellbeing in Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Amelia Maika
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor 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 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Angela Gialamas
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Analysis of the Phase III MM6 Clinical Trial in Multiple Myeloma School of Public Health, The University of Adelaide Masters in Biostatistics (Work Placement Project) Master Full Time Craig Wellington Beddoe
    2019 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The causal effect of early life socio-economic disadvantage and alleged child maltreatment on children’s development outcomes at school entry: A flexible mediation analysis School of Public Health, The University of Adelaide Masters in Public Health, Research Component Master Full Time Luke Collier
    2019 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The average treatment effect of substantiation of child maltreatment on developmental vulnerability at school entry in South Australia: emulation of a theoretical randomised controlled trial. The University of Adelaide Biostatistics Collaboration Australia, Masters in Biostatistics Master Full Time Gabriella Lincoln
    2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Selection of predictor variables using a hierarchical group LASSO approach. School of Public Health, The University of Adelaide Masters in Biostatistics, Work Placement Project Master Full Time Greer Humphrey
    2017 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Oxytocin genetics and family adversity in the development of substance use disorders School of Public Health, The University of Adelaide Masters in Biostatistics Work Placement Project Master Part Time Lind Gowing
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Member Faculty of Health and Medical Science Working Load Model Design The University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Biostatistics and Bioinformativs Section Statistical Society of Australia Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Gender Equity and Diversity Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Adelaide Australia
    2014 - ongoing Founder Causal Inference Group University of Adelaide, Vic Biostat Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Statistical Society of Australia Inc Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Institute of Mathematical Statistics United States
    2016 - ongoing Member New Zealand Statistical Society New Zealand
  • Position: Senior Lecturer (Biostatistics)
  • Phone: 83130961
  • Email: murthy.mittinty@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 9
  • Room: WS9105.29
  • Org Unit: Public Health

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