Murthy Mittinty

Dr Murthy Mittinty

Research Fellow - Biostatistician

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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

(Narasimha) 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.

Empirical Research
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.

  • 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


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

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.

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

  • 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
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    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
    2013 - ongoing Council Continued Professional Development, Statistical Society of Australia Inc 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
    2010 - ongoing Member Statistical Society of Australia Australia
  • Position: Research Fellow - Biostatistician
  • Phone: 83130961
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 9
  • Room: WS9050.03
  • Org Unit: Public Health

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