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Associate Professor Helen Thompson
Associate Professor in Statistics
Faculty of Science,
School of Mathematical Sciences
Discipline *
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Glasgow), BSc (Hons) (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Science (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Royal Statistical Society
  • Statistical Society of Australia
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics
  • International Society for Bayesian Analysis

Optimum experimental design, Spatial modelling, Optimal spatial sampling, Copula modelling, Environmental statistics, Health statistics, Applied statistics, Statistical consulting

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


Background: Dr. Helen Thompson holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Glasgow (2008).  Her PhD thesis on optimal experimental design was supervised by Dr. Ben Torsney.  She was previously awarded a BSc (Hons) – Class I in Mathematics from the University of Queensland (2001).  Her honours research on multiple imputation was supervised by Prof. Annette Dobson.  Helen also holds a BSc in Statistics from the University of Queensland (2000).  Helen has held an academic position in the School of Mathematical Sciences since 2007.  Prior to this she held a position as Teaching Assistant at the University of Glasgow during the course of her PhD, was a Research Officer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics after completing a Cadetship during her BSc (Hons), and briefly worked as a Research Officer for Brisbane Water during her BSc.

Research discipline: Mathematical Sciences

Areas of expertise:

  • Optimal design of experiments
  • Clinical trial design
  • Bayesian design
  • Spatial modelling and sampling
  • Copula modelling
  • Stochastic frontier modelling
  • Appled statistics


This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Helen Thompson.


Teaching discipline: Mathematical Sciences

Teaching areas:

  • Introductory statistics to various cohorts (1st year)
  • Introductory mathematics (calculus and linear algebra) to Health Science students (1st year)
  • Statistical techniques: experimental design, survival/reliability analysis, multivariate analysis (3rd year)
  • Applied statistics: generalised linear models (3rd year)
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Helen Thompson.


Teaching: Helen also has considerable teaching experince in Mathematics and Statistics with other academic institutions in her capacity as Teaching Assistant at the University of Glasgow (2003-2007) and Tutor at the University of Queensland (1999-2001).  

Consulting: Some organisations that Helen has provided statistical consultancy for include:

  • Queensland Academy of Sport
  • Powerlink
  • Integrated Open Space Services

Industry Collaboration: Helen’s external collaborative research partners include:

  • The Developing Foundation (QUT ATN IDTC)
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • BHP Billiton, The Quantitative Group (CRC ORE)
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals (ARC Linkage)

Research Supervision:Below is a list of Helen’s completed research students, which includes students whom she associate supervised, and positions taken by the students after completion:

  • Gnai Nishani Musafer, PhD (Statistics), “Non-Linear Univariate and Multivariate Spatial Modelling and Optimal Design” (Principal Supervisor), Data Scientist at Dingo Software.
  •  Darsy Darssan, PhD (Statistics), “Novel Sequential Methods in Dose-Finding Designs: Extension of the Continual Reassessment Method” (Associate Supervisor), Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool.
  • Elizabeth Ryan, PhD (Statistics), “Contributions to Bayesian Experimental Design” (Associate Supervisor), Statistician at King’s College London.
  • Adebayo Aderounmu, PhD (Statistics), “Copula-Based Dependence Modelling of Price Spikes and Contagion-Like Effects in Australian Electricity Markets” (Associate Supervisor), Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Western Ontario.
  • Zhengling Xiong, MPhil (Statistics), “Relationship Between Temperature Derivvtives and Electricity Futures” (Associate Supervisor), PhD student at UQ.
  • Earl Duncan, BAppSc (Hons) (Statistics), “Optimal Designs for Non-Linear Models with Application to Dose-Finding in Phase I Clinical Trials”, PhD student at QUT.
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Helen Thompson.


Research projects

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

Innovative Bayesian Statistics for Enhanced Decision Making for Pharmaceutical Drug Development
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Bayesian Adaptive Design;Bayesian Decision Procedures;Design for Dose Escalation;Optimal Design;Simulation Modelling;Bayesian Computation