Dr Karen Lamb

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Position

Research Fellow (Grade 2)

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde, 2010

Biography summary

I joined the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University in February 2014 as an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In February 2016 I began a position as a part-time Research Fellow and part-time consultant Biostatistician for the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN).

My applied research focus is on advancing understanding of the impact of neighbourhoods on health, particularly through the development and application of novel methodologies and statistical analysis techniques. I am particularly interested in assessing the obesogenic environment and the equity of access to services, combining individual level and area level data.

In my consultancy role I offer guidance on the design and analysis of randomised controlled trials and observational studies, assist in the development of analysis plans, and support researchers in conducting statistical analyses. I also conduct complex statistical analyses where required, particularly those involving longitudinal data.

Prior to joining Deakin University, I was employed as a Research Fellow and Biostatistician as part of the Victorian Centre for Biostatistics based at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne (2012-2014). I relocated to Australia from Scotland where I was employed as a Research Fellow and Statistician in the Neighbourhoods and Health team at the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow (2009-2012).

I have a PhD in Statistics from the University of Strathclyde and an Honours degree in Statistics from the University of Glasgow.

Research interests

Dr Lamb’s research interests include assessing the effect of the built environment on health, in particular considering inequities in access.
 

Affiliations

Royal Statistial Society (Awarded Chartered Statistician status, February 2014)

Statistical Society of Australia, Inc

Australasian Epidemiological Association

International Epidemiological Association

Teaching interests

Co-supervises 2 PhD students.

Knowledge areas

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Built environment, Longitudinal analysis, Missing data, Neighbourhoods and health

Conferences

International

  1. Lamb, Thornton et al. ISBNPA, Cape Town 2016. Longitudinal associations between fast-food access & change in BMI among women residing in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Victoria (Oral)
  2. Lamb, Thornton et al. ISBNPA, Edinburgh 2015. Statistical approaches used to assess equitable access to food outlets: a systematic review (Oral)
  3. Lamb, Thornton et al. ISBNPA, Edinburgh 2015. Equity of access to fast food outlets in Victoria: a comparison of statistical methods (Oral)
  4. Lamb, Thornton, Ball. IEA WCE, Anchorage 2014. Adjusting for spatial autocorrelation in assessing access to fast food outlets by neighbourhood deprivation (Poster)
  5. Lamb, Ball et al. IEA WCE, Anchorage 2014. Associations between neighbourhood socioeconomic disadvantage & fruit & vegetable consumption in 7 countries (Poster)
  6. Lamb, Coory et al. ISCB, Munich 2013. Communicating time-dependent effects of adjuvant therapies for early stage breast cancer using risk-difference curves (Poster)
  7. Lamb, Ogilvie et al. ISBNPA, Melbourne 2011. Recreational facilities within walking or cycling distance: sociospatial patterning of access in Scotland (Oral)
  8. Lamb, Ferguson et al. SSM, Belfast 2010. Distribution of physical activity facilities in Scotland by small area measures of deprivation & urbanicity (Poster)
  9. Lamb, Greenhalgh, Robertson. ISPPD-6, Reykjavik 2008. Modelling genetic effects in transmission of pneumococcal carriage (Oral)
  10. Lamb, Diggle et al. ISPPD-6, Reykjavik 2008. Trends in serotypes & MLSTs among cases of IPD in Scotland (Poster)

National

  1. Lamb, Thornton et al. IAG, Adelaide 2016. Longitudinal associations between fast-food access & change in BMI among women residing in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Victoria (Oral)
  2. Lamb, Thornton et al. IAG, Canberra 2015. Statistical approaches used to assess equitable access to food outlets: a systematic review (Oral)
  3. Lamb, Thornton et al. IAG, Canberra 2015. Equity of access to fast food outlets in Victoria: a comparison of statistical methods (Oral)
  4. Lamb, Thornton et al. AEA, Auckland 2014. Statistical approaches used to assess equitable access to food outlets: a systematic review (Oral)
  5. Lamb, Coory, Carlin. YSC, Melbourne 2013. Do HRs for cancer pharmaceuticals vary over time? (Oral)
  6. Lamb, Ogilvie et al. UKSBM, Stirling 2011. Recreational facilities within walking or cycling distance: sociospatial patterning of access in Scotland (Oral)
  7. Lamb, Ogilvie et al. YSM, Southampton 2011. Recreational facilities within walking or cycling distance: sociospatial patterning of access in Scotland (Oral)
  8. Lamb, Ferguson et al. UKSBM, Leeds 2010. Distribution of physical activity facilities in Scotland by small area measures of deprivation & urbanicity (Oral)
  9. Lamb, Ferguson et al. Bright SPARCS, Glasgow 2010. Distribution of physical activity amenities in Scotland by small area measures of deprivation & urbanicity (Oral)
  10. Lamb, Ferguson et al. YSM, Liverpool 2010. Distribution of physical activity amenities in Scotland by small area measures of deprivation & urbanicity (Oral)
  11. Lamb, Ferguson et al. YSM, Liverpool 2010. Availability of physical activity opportunities across Scotland & links with health behaviours & obesity among adults (Poster)
  12. Lamb, Greenhalgh, Robertson. RSC, Lancaster 2009. Trends in serotypes & MLSTs among cases of IPD in Scotland (Poster)
  13. Lamb, Greenhalgh, Robertson. RSC, Nottingham 2008. Modelling genetic effects in transmission of pneumococcal carriage (Oral)
  14. Lamb, Greenhalgh, Robertson. YSM, Newport 2008. Modelling genetic effects in transmission of pneumococcal carriage (Oral)

Professional activities

Peer-review

Journals

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Public Health Nutrition, BMC Public Health, Epidemiology and Infection, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, AIMS Public Health, Obesity Reviews, Environment and Behavior, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

Funding bodies

External Assessor for NHMRC Targeted Call for Research in Engaging and Retaining Young Adults in Interventions to Improve Eating Behaviours and Health Outcomes

Internal Assessor for Deakin University draft NHMRC Project Grants.

Conference organisation

Member of the Joint International Society for Clinical Biostatistics and Australian Statistical Conference 2018 Organising Committee.

Treasurer and key organiser of the 2009 Young Statisticians’ Meeting.

Awards

2014-2016 Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship.

2006 William H. Mercer Prize and the Royal Statistical Society Prize for top Honours in Statistics.

Projects

Journal Editorial Boards

Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2015 - present)

Committee Member

IPAN Early/Mid Career Researcher Professional Development Group (2015 - present)

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Research Committee (2016 - present)

Mentoring

Royal Statistical Society GradStat Continuing Professional Development Mentorship Scheme (2016 - present)

Publications

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2016

Fast food restaurant locations according to socioeconomic disadvantage, urban-regional locality, and schools within Victoria, Australia

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb, Prof Kylie Ball

(2016), Vol. 2, pp. 1-9, SSM - population health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

The impact of a new McDonald's restaurant on eating behaviours and perceptions of local residents: a natural experiment using repeated cross-sectional data

Dr Lukar Thornton, Prof Kylie Ball, Dr Karen Lamb, Ms Jennifer Mccann, Miss Kate Elizabeth Parker, Prof David Crawford

(2016), Vol. 39, pp. 86-91, Health & place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Park availability and physical activity, TV time, and overweight and obesity among women: findings from Australia and the United States

Dr Jenny Veitch, Dr Gavin Abbott, Andrew Kaczynski, Sonja Wilhelm Stanis, Gina Besenyi, Dr Karen Lamb

(2016), Vol. 38, pp. 96-102, Health and place, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

Socioeconomic inequalities in fruit and vegetable intakes

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Dana Olstad, Dr Karen Lamb, Prof Kylie Ball

(2016), pp. 3-22, Fruits, vegetables, and herbs : bioactive foods in health promotion, Cambridge, Mass., B1

chapter

Associations between access to recreational physical activity facilities and body mass index in Scottish adults

Anne Ellaway, Dr Karen Lamb, Neil S Ferguson, David Ogilvie

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-9, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal
2015

Categorisation of built environment characteristics: the trouble with tertiles

Dr Karen Lamb, Simon White

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. -, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, , C1

journal

Birthweight and childhood cancer : preliminary findings from the International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium (I4C)

Ora Paltiel, Gabriella Tikellis, Martha Linet, Jean Golding, Stanley Lemeshow, Gary Phillips, Dr Karen Lamb, Camilla Stoltenberg, Siri Haberg, Marin Strom, Charlotta Granstrom, Kate Northstone, Mark Klebanoff, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, Elizabeth Milne, Marie Pedersen, Manolis Kogevinas, Eunhee Ha, Prof Terence Dwyer

(2015), Vol. 29, pp. 335-345, Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, London, Eng., C1

journal

Does food store access modify associations between intrapersonal factors and fruit and vegetable consumption?

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb, Marilyn Tseng, Prof David Crawford, Prof Kylie Ball

(2015), Vol. 69, pp. 902-906, European journal of clinical nutrition, London, Eng., C1

journal

Neighbourhood socioeconomic disadvantage and fruit and vegetable consumption: a seven countries comparison

Prof Kylie Ball, Dr Karen Lamb, Claudia Costa, Nicoleta Cutumisu, Anne Ellaway, Carlijin B. Kamphuis, Graciela Mentz, A/Prof Jamie Pearce, Paula Santana, Rita Santos, Amy J Schulz, John Spence, Dr Lukar Thornton, Frank van Lenthe, Shannon N. Zenk

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 1-13, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, Eng., C1

journal

Statistical approaches used to assess the equity of access to food outlets: a systematic review

Dr Karen Lamb, Dr Lukar Thornton, Prof Ester Cerin, Prof Kylie Ball

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 358-401, AIMS public health, Springfield, Mo., C1

journal

Bias and precision of measures of survival gain from right-censored data

Dr Karen Lamb, Elizabeth Williamson, A/Prof Michael Coory, Prof John Carlin

(2015), Vol. 14, pp. 409-417, Pharmaceutical statistics, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Long-term impact of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination on nasopharyngeal carriage in children previously vaccinated with various pneumococcal conjugate vaccine regimes

Laura Boelsen, Eileen Dunne, Dr Karen Lamb, Kathryn Bright, Yin Cheung, Lisi Tikoduadua, Fiona Russell, Kim Mulholland, Paul V Licciardi, Catherine Satzke

(2015), Vol. 33, pp. 5708-5714, Vaccine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Parenting behaviors and nutrition in children with leukemia

Lauren Kendrea Williams, Dr Karen Lamb, Maria C. McCarthy

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 279-290, Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal
2014

Survival analysis of time-to-event data in respiratory health research studies

Jessica Kasza, Darren Wraith, Dr Karen Lamb, A/Prof Rory Wolfe

(2014), Vol. 19, pp. 483-492, Respirology, Melbourne, Vic, C1-1

journal

Street connectivity and walking for transport: role of neighborhood destinations

Mohammad Javad Koohasari, Dr Takemi Sugiyama, Dr Karen Lamb, Karen Villanueve, Prof Neville Owen

(2014), Vol. 66, pp. 118-122, Preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Is neighbourhood obesogenicity associated with body mass index in women? Application of an obesogenicity index in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighbourhoods

Marilyn Tseng, Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb, Prof Kylie Ball, Prof David Crawford

(2014), Vol. 30, pp. 20-27, Health & place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2013

Employment status, residential and workplace food environments: associations with women's eating behaviours

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb, Prof Kylie Ball

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 80-89, Health & place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Access to Recreational Physical Activities by Car and Bus: An Assessment of Socio-Spatial Inequalities in Mainland Scotland

Neil S Ferguson, Dr Karen Lamb, Yang Wang, David Ogilvie, Anne Ellaway

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 1-12, PLoS ONE, San Francisco, Ca., C1-1

journal

Maternal supplementation with LGG reduces vaccine-specific immune responses in infants at high-risk of developing allergic disease

Paul V Licciardi, Intan H Ismail, Anne Balloch, Milton Mui, Edwin Hoe, Dr Karen Lamb, A/Prof Mimi Tang

(2013), Vol. 4, pp. 1-12, Frontiers in Immunology, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1-1

journal

Access to Health-Promoting Facilities and Amenities

Anne Ellaway, Neil S Ferguson, Dr Karen Lamb, David Ogilvie

(2013), pp. 117-126, Neighbourhood Structure and Health Promotion, New York, NY, B1-1

chapter
2012

Does the choice of neighbourhood supermarket access measure influence associations with individual-level fruit and vegetable consumption? A case study from Glasgow

Dr Lukar Thornton, A/Prof Jamie Pearce, Laura Macdonald, Dr Karen Lamb, Anne Ellaway

(2012), Vol. 11, pp. 1-12, International journal of health geographics, London, England, C1

journal

Do obesity-promoting food environments cluster around socially disadvantaged schools in Glasgow, Scotland?

Anne Ellaway, Laura Macdonald, Dr Karen Lamb, Dr Lukar Thornton, Peter Day, A/Prof Jamie Pearce

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 1335-1340, Health and place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Street connectivity and obesity in Glasgow, Scotland : impact of age, sex and socioeconomic position

Prof Kylie Ball, Dr Karen Lamb, Noemi Travaglini, Anne Ellaway

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 1307-1313, Health and Place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

A mathematical model for the spread of Strepotococcus pneumoniae with transmission dependent on serotype

David Greenhalgh, Dr Karen Lamb, Chris Robertson

(2012), Vol. 6, pp. 72-87, Journal of Biological Dynamics, London, UK, C1-1

journal

Sociospatial distribution of access to facilities for moderate and vigorous intensity physical activity in Scotland by different modes of transport

Dr Karen Lamb, David Ogilvie, Neil S Ferguson, Jonathan Murray, Yang Wang, Anne Ellaway

(2012), Vol. 9, pp. 1-10, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, London, UK, C1-1

journal
2011

Recreational physical activity facilities within walking and cycling distance: Sociospatial patterning of access in Scotland

David Ogilvie, Dr Karen Lamb, Neil S Ferguson, Anne Ellaway

(2011), Vol. 17, pp. 1015-1022, Health and Place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

A mathematical model for the spread of streptococcus pneumoniae with transmission due to sequence type

David Greenhalgh, Dr Karen Lamb, Chris Robertson

(2011), Vol. 2011, pp. 553-567, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems- Series A, Springfield, MO, C1-1

journal

Death or survival from invasive pneumococcal disease in Scotland: associations with serogroups and multilocus sequence types

Donald Inverarity, Dr Karen Lamb, Mathew Diggle, Chris Robertson, David Greenhalgh, Tim J Mitchell, Andrew Smith, Johanna M Jefferies, Stuart C Clarke, Jim McMenamin, Giles F S Edwards

(2011), Vol. 60, pp. 793-802, Journal of Medical Microbiology, London, UK, C1-1

journal

A simple mathematical model for genetic effects in pneumococcal carriage and transmission

Dr Karen Lamb, David Greenhalgh, Chris Robertson

(2011), Vol. 235, pp. 812-818, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2010

Antibiotic resistance in invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates identified in Scotland between 1999 and 2007

Benjamin Cooke, Andrew Smith, Mathew Diggle, Dr Karen Lamb, Chris Robertson, Donald Inverarity, Johanna M Jefferies, Giles F S Edwards, Tim J Mitchell, Stuart C Clarke, Jim McMenamin

(2010), Vol. 59, pp. 1212-1218, Journal of Medical Microbiology, London, UK, C1-1

journal

Distribution of physical activity facilities in Scotland by small area measures of deprivation and urbanicity

Dr Karen Lamb, Neil S Ferguson, Yang Wang, David Ogilvie, Anne Ellaway

(2010), Vol. 7, pp. 1-8, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, London, UK, C1-1

journal

Antibiotic resistance in invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates identified in Scotland between 1999 and 2007

Benjamin Cooke, Andrew Smith, Mathew Diggle, Dr Karen Lamb, Christopher Robertson, Donald Inverarity, Johanna M Jefferies, Giles F S Edwards, Timothy Mitchell, Stuart C Clarke, Jim McMenamin

(2010), Vol. 59, pp. 1212-1218, Journal of medical microbiology, Reading, England, C1-1

journal
2009

A recognition tool for transient ischaemic attack

Jesse Dawson, Dr Karen Lamb, Tom Quinn, K R Lees, M Horvers, M J Verrijth, M R Walters

(2009), Vol. 102, pp. 43-49, QJM, Oxford, UK, C1-1

journal

A recognition tool for transient ischaemic attack

Jessie M Dawson, Dr Karen Lamb, Terence J Quinn, Kennedy R Lees, Maud Horvers, M J Verrijth, Matthew Robertson Walters

(2009), Vol. 102, pp. 43-49, QJM : an international journal of medicine, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal

Grants

Australian Competitive Grants

Testing the projected benefits of living in a 20-minute neighbourhood

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Neil Coffee, Dr Karen Lamb, Prof Kylie Ball, Prof Mark Daniel, A/Prof Yan Kestens, Prof Basile Chaix

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2017: $37,574

Other Public Sector Funding

Evaluation of water fountains in City of Melbourne

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb

  • 2015: $49,491

Water Fountain Campaign evaluation

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb

  • 2016: $19,600

Etihad Stadium Water Fountain Use Evaluation

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb

  • 2016: $67,075

Supervisions

Data will be available in 2017