Dr Karen Lamb


Dr Karen Lamb

Research Fellow and Statistician

Deakin University

Dr Karen Lamb is a researcher and consultant statistician at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University in Melbourne. She is also a theatre lover, an avid reader and an enthusiastic albeit terrible dancer.

Originally from Scotland, Karen completed an Honours degree in Statistics at the University of Glasgow. It was here that she became interested in applying statistics to medical research questions.

Her Honours research involved developing a scoring system for doctors to use to assist in the diagnosis of stroke. She completed a PhD in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, examining the effectiveness of a vaccine for preventing childhood infectious disease.

Following her PhD, Karen spent two years working at the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow before relocating to Australia in 2012.

Karen is passionate about statistical communication and gets a real buzz out of helping researchers in other disciplines use statistics to answer research questions. This is often more about successful communication of statistics than it is about the statistics themselves!

Karen finds the process of making non-mathematicians comfortable with mathematics to be both challenging and hugely rewarding.

As a result, the focus of her research has been as diverse as the people she has been fortunate enough to work with, including doctors, psychologists, epidemiologists, social scientists, biologists and many more!