Dr Sandy Clarke

(03) 8344 6797


I have worked in the Statistical Consulting Centre for over ten years, having joined the Centre after completing a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Applied Statistics at the end of 2004 at the University of Melbourne. I worked part-time in the Centre whilst completing my PhD in Statistics, which was completed in 2010. The topic of my PhD thesis was the performance of multiple hypothesis testing procedures in the presence of dependence.

My work in the Centre has included projects involving survival analysis, survey design and analysis, bioinformatics, linear mixed modelling and data mining, and a diverse range of topics: from dentistry to traffic simulation to carbon trading and fire management. I provide regular assistance to research students at the university and medical researchers throughout Melbourne Heath. I am currently involved in a large-scale data mining project with application to biosecurity risk management through the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis. I have extensive experience with the statistical packages R, Minitab, Genstat, and SPSS.

I am an Accredited Statistician (AStat) with the Statistical Society of Australia and the current secretary of the Victorian branch council, having served on this council since 2009.


Since 2014, I have been lecturing and coordinating Critical Thinking with Data, a University of Melbourne breadth subject available to all first years. This subject seeks to equip students from all disciplines to handle and interpret data, as well as critique the use of data in the popular media, covering all stages of study design, data collection, analysis and interpretation. Throughout the year I also assist in the teaching of the Centre’s Statistics for Research Workers courses.


Bayesian Estimation for Diagnostic Testing of Biosecurity Risk Material in the Absence of a Gold Standard when Test Data are Incomplete.  Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics.  20. 2015

Falls by individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A preliminary 12-month prospective cohort study.  Respirology.  20. 2015

Pregnant women maintain body temperatures within safe limits during moderate-intensity aqua-aerobic classes conducted in pools heated up to 33 degrees Celsius: an observational study.  Journal of Physiotherapy.  61. 2015

Haji, D. L., Ali, M. M., Royse, A., Canty, D. J., Clarke, S., & Royse, C. F. (2014). Interatrial septum motion but not Doppler assessment predicts elevated pulmonary capillary wedge pressure in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Anesthesiology, 121(4), 719-729.

Oliveira, C., Lee, A., Irving, L., Clark, R., Thompson, M., Clarke, S., & Denehy, L. (2014). Postural balance in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease during an acute exacerbation: A comparison with stable participants and healthy controls. European Respiratory Journal, 44(Suppl 58), 4498.

M. Bellenzani, J. S. Merritt, S. J. Clarke and H. M. Davies (2012) Investigation of forelimb hoof wall strains and hoof shape in unshod horses exercised on a treadmill at various speeds and gaits, American Journal of Veterinary Research, 73, 1735-1742.

S. J. Clarke and P. Hall (2009) Robustness of Multiple Testing Procedures Against Dependence, Annals of Statistics, 37, 332-358.

H. R. Miller, S. J. Clarke, S. E. Lane, A. Lonie, D. C. Lazaridis, S. Petrovski and O. Jones (2009) Predicting customer behaviour: The University of Melbourne's KDD Cup report, JMLR Workshop and Conference Proceedings, 7, 45-55, Journal of Machine Learning Research.