Annette Dobson

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Annette Jane Dobson AM is a Professor of Biostatistics in the University of Queensland's Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Research (CLLR) in the School of Population Health.[1] At her institution, she is the Head of teaching programs and a Management Executive in the Management Committee.[2] Annette was Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health from 1995 to 2013.[3] She is a highly cited publication author,[4] a book author,[5] and has received an Australia Day award.[6]


Dobson was awarded the Bachelor of Science in the University of Adelaide in 1966. Moving onto the James Cook University, she completed a Master in Science in 1970 and a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in 1974. She was recognised as an Accredited Statistician in 1998 by the Statistical Society of Australia, and received a Graduate Certificate of Management in 2001 from the University of New England (Australia).

Research interest[edit]

Her research interests lie in the fields of biostatistics, epidemiology, longitudinal studies, and social determinants of health. In biostatistics, she is specifically interested in Generalized linear modeling, Clinical biostatistics, Statistical methods in longitudinal studies. Annette's topics in epidemiology include tobacco control, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and health care service use.


Dobson is the founding Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH).[7] and director of the Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Research.[8]

She was the inaugural chair of the BCA Master of Biostatistics at its inception in 2000.


Dobson was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for her service to public health and biostatistics as a research and academic, particularly through the collection and analysis of data relating to cardiovascular disease and women's and veteran's health, which provided a basis for public health interventions and policies to reduce disease burden in the population.[9]

Dobson received the 2012 Moyal Medal for her contributions to statistics.[10]

An introduction to GLM[edit]

She wrote the book An introduction to generalized linear models,[11] which, with over 2,500 citations (source: Google Scholar search) is one of the most influential and highly used books on that topic. It is used extensively by both researchers and students with a wide range of backgrounds, such as mathematics, social sciences, and business as reviews ton Amazon show.[12]

Most highly cited publications[edit]

  • Kuulasmaa K, Tunstall-Pedoe H, Dobson A, Fortmann S, Sans S, Tolonen H, Evans A, Ferrario M, Tuomilehto J. Estimation of contribution of changes in classic risk factors to trends in coronary-event rates across the WHO MONICA Project populations.[13]
  • Brown WJ, Bryson L, Byles JE, Dobson AJ, Lee C, Mishra G, Schofield M. Women's Health Australia: Recruitment for a national longitudinal cohort study.[14]


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