Personal details

Name
Dr Darren Wraith
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Statistics, Public Health and Health Services, Other Medical and Health Sciences
Phone
+61 7 3138 0863
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Keywords

air pollution, environmental health, latent variable modelling, structural equation modelling, bayesian statistics

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Darren Wraith is a Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland Institute of Technology. Dr. Wraith has a Bachelor of Mathematics (2003) from the University of Newcastle, Australia and a PhD in Statistics (2008) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. He also has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and P.Grad Diploma in Health Economics & Evaluation from Monash University (1996) and was a Research Fellow in Health Economics at the Centre for Health Program Evaluation, Monash University (1997-1998).

Dr Wraith’s work enables the evaluation of human behaviours, public health outcomes and environmental impacts on health.

Before his appointment at QUT, Dr Wraith worked internationally, spending five years in France as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Université Paris-Dauphine, Paris and as a Research Engineer at INRIA, Grenoble.

Dr Wraith has published in a variety of international journals across a range of academic topics such as problem gambling and the effects of environmental pollutants.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Bayesian statistics
  • mixture models (clustering/classification)
  • environmental exposures and outcomes
  • assessment of interaction between risk factors
  • spatial and temporal modelling
  • computationally efficient methods for parameter estimation
  • bioinformatics
  • high dimensional analysis
  • evaluation of road safety programs
  • assessment of risk factors for problem gambling
This information has been contributed by Dr Darren Wraith.

Teaching

Dr Wraith has taught at an undergraduate and postgraduate level for a decade and a half in several tertiary institutions, including:

His QUT teaching profile includes:
Semester 1
Subject Coordinator, Health Statistics 1 (Postgraduate) Approx. 80 students (students from cardiac imaging, public health, pharmacy) School of Public Health & Social Work QUT
Semester 1 & 2,
Subject Coordinator, Statistical Methods in Health (Undergraduate) Approx. 300 students each semester (students from pharmacy, medical imaging, nursing, nutrition, radiology) School of Public Health & Social Work QUT

This information has been contributed by Dr Darren Wraith.

Experience

Professional development

Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne.

Grants & Awards

Since returning to Australia in 2013, Dr. Wraith has been a Chief Investigator on grants worth around $2.5 million dollars. This includes two NHMRC funded grants: Biofocussed Prostate Cancer RadioTherapy (BiRT): A Personalised Approach to Delivering the Right Dose to the Right Place ($753,565); and Cancer Risks from Low-Dose Ionising Radiation following Diagnostic Medical Procedures ($721,860). Other grants and work with industry/government include:

– Queens Wharf Brisbane (QWB) Safety Study (2018/19), Department of Industry, Development and Tourism, Queensland Government (Co-chief researcher with Prof. John Scott and Dr. Michael Hathaway, School of Justice, QUT)

– QWB Gambling Impact Study (2017/18), Department of State Development, Queensland Government (Chief researcher)

– Medical Science Writer, Specialist Medical Reviews, Department of Veterans Affairs (2018)

– Development of a risk prediction tool for cardiovascular disease (2018), Merridown Family Surgery, Gold Coast, Australia.

– Theatre Skills for the Classroom (2014). University of Melbourne Teaching & Learning Initiatives Grant (Chief Investigator)

– Bayesian mixture modelling for characterising environmental exposures and outcomes (2008). PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology (Received Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence).

Research Translation and Impact

Research examining the risk of lung cancer and the interaction between exposure to smoking and asbestos (Wraith et al (2007); Wraith et al (2008)) has been highly cited and led to a better understanding of the risks of asbestos exposure in recent work by the IARC programme evaluating the carcinogenicity of asbestos (2011).

This information has been contributed by Dr Darren Wraith.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Biofocussed Prostate Cancer RadioTherapy (BiRT): A Personalised Approach to Delivering the Right Dose to the Right Place
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
APP1126955
Start year
2017
Keywords
Radiotherapy; Prostate cancer; Image processing; Mathematical modelling; Brachytherapy
Title
Cancer Risks from Low-Dose Ionising Radiation following Diagnostic Medical Procedures
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
APP1084197
Start year
2015
Keywords
Ionising Radiation; Cancer; Paediatric; Nuclear Medicine; Radiology

Supervision

Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)