Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi



Senior Research Fellow - Biostatistics


Faculty of Health


Office of Faculty of Health


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Research interests

Mohammadreza Mohebbi joined the DBSU in April 2013 as a senior research fellow. As a biostatistician he was involved in design and analysis of large occupational cohort studies, clinical trials and statistical issues related to survey data.

He received his Ph.D. from Monash University.  In 2012 he went to the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University as a biostatistician research fellow. Prior to that Mohammadreza was involved in collaborative research in medical and public health fields and has been responsible for the design, monitoring, and analysis of clinical trials, population based surveys and observational studies. 

Mohammadreza’s research has focused on the development of statistical methods for the analysis of large observational data with the ultimate goal of addressing important questions in environmental epidemiology, health related impacts of climate change, and spatial disease mapping. He is an expert in Bayesian methods, longitudinal data analysis, geo-spatial modelling, and Bayesian hierarchical models. He has extensive experience on the development of statistical methods and their applications to environmental epidemiology, cluster randomised trials, spatial epidemiology, and epidemiological study designs. Mohammadreza has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.

Mohammadreza taught Introductory Biostatistics, Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health, Analysis of Longitudinal Data, and Multilevel Statistical Models. He has been co-supervisor of 6 PhD students and 9 post-graduates.


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Risk factors for incident delirium in an acute general medical setting: a retrospective case - control study

E Tomlinson, N Phillips, M Mohammadreza, A Hutchinson

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 658-667, Journal of clinical nursing, Chichester, Eng., C1


A randomised controlled trial of dietary improvement for adults with major depression (the 'SMILES' trial)

F Jacka, A O'Neil, R Opie, C Itsiopoulos, S Cotton, M Mohebbi, D Castle, S Dash, C Mihalopoulos, M Chatterton, L Brazionis, O Dean, A Hodge, M Berk

(2017), Vol. 15, pp. 1-13, BMC medicine, London, Eng., C1


Influences on emergency department length of stay for older people

M Street, M Mohebbi, D Berry, A Cross, J Considine

(2017), pp. 1-10, European journal of emergency medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., C1


A clinician referral and 12-week exercise training program for men with prostate cancer: outcomes to 12 months of the ENGAGE cluster randomized controlled trial

C Gaskin, M Craike, M Mohebbi, K Courneya, P Livingston

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 353-359, Journal of physical activity and health, Champaign, Ill., C1


Adjunctive N-acetylcysteine in depression: exploration of interleukin-6, C-reactive protein and brain-derived neurotrophic factor

K Hasebe, L Gray, C Bortolasci, B Panizzutti, M Mohebbi, S Kidnapillai, B Spolding, K Walder, M Berk, G Malhi, S Dodd, O Dean

(2017), pp. 1-10, Acta neuropsychiatrica, Cambridge, Eng., C1


Demographic characteristics, call details and psychosocial support needs of the family/friends of someone diagnosed with cancer who access Australian Cancer Council telephone information and support services

L Heckel, K Fennell, M Mohebbi, M Byrnes, P Livingston

(2017), Vol. 28, pp. 86-91, European journal of oncology nursing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


The deterioration in physical function of hemodialysis patients

B Sutcliffe, P Bennett, S Fraser, M Mohebbi

(2017), pp. 1-9, Hemodialysis international, London, Eng., C1


Pattern of psychotropic medication use over two decades in Australian women.

Amanda Stuart, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Julie Pasco, Shae Quirk, Sharon Brennan-Olsen, Michael Berk, Lana Williams

(2017), pp. 4867417704056-, Aust N Z J Psychiatry, England, C1


Adjunctive minocycline treatment for major depressive disorder: a proof of concept trial

O Dean, B Kanchanatawan, M Ashton, M Mohebbi, C Ng, M Maes, L Berk, A Sughondhabirom, S Tangwongchai, A Singh, H McKenzie, D Smith, G Malhi, N Dowling, M Berk

(2017), Vol. 51, pp. 829-840, Australian & New Zealand journal of psychiatry, London, Eng., C1


Prevalence of arthritis according to age, sex and socioeconomic status in six low and middle income countries: analysis of data from the World Health Organization study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE) Wave 1.

Sharon Brennan-Olsen, S Cook, M Leech, S Bowe, P Kowal, N Naidoo, I Ackerman, R Page, S Hosking, J Pasco, M Mohebbi

(2017), Vol. 18, pp. 271-, BMC Musculoskelet Disord, England, C1


All-cause mortality risk in Australian women with impaired fasting glucose and diabetes

L de Abreu, K Holloway, M Mohebbi, M Sajjad, M Kotowicz, J Pasco

(2017), Vol. 2017, pp. 1-8, Journal of diabetes research, Cairo, Egypt, C1


Prioritising Responses Of Nurses To deteriorating patient Observations (PRONTO) protocol: testing the effectiveness of a facilitation intervention in a pragmatic, cluster-randomised trial with an embedded process evaluation and cost analysis

T Bucknall, G Harvey, J Considine, I Mitchell, J Rycroft-Malone, I Graham, M Mohebbi, J Watts, A Hutchinson

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 1-9, Implementation science, London, Eng., C1


Chain of events analysis for a scuba diving fatality

J Lippmann, C Stevenson, DMcD Taylor, J Williams, M Mohebbi

(2017), Vol. 47, pp. 144-154, Diving and hyperbaric medicine, [Melbourne, Vic.], C1


Development and validation of an instrument to measure nurse educator perceived confidence in clinical teaching.

Van Nguyen, Helen Forbes, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Maxine Duke

(2017), Nurs Health Sci, Australia, C1


Statin and aspirin use and the risk of mood disorders among men

L Williams, J Pasco, M Mohebbi, F Jacka, A Stuart, K Venugopal, A O'Neil, M Berk

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 1-4, International journal of neuropsychopharmacology, Oxford, Eng., C1


A randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled trial of a fixed dose of N-acetyl cysteine in children with autistic disorder

O Dean, K Gray, K-A Villagonzalo, S Dodd, M Mohebbi, T Vick, B Tonge, M Berk

(2016), Vol. 51, pp. 1-9, Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, London, Eng., C1


Associations of objectively measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and sedentary behavior with quality of life and psychological well-being in prostate cancer survivors

C Gaskin, M Craike, M Mohebbi, J Salmon, K Courneya, S Broadbent, P Livingston

(2016), Vol. 27, pp. 1093-1103, Cancer causes & control, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Pathologic response to neoadjuvant treatment in locally advanced rectal cancer and impact on outcome

M Jalilian, S Davis, M Mohebbi, B Sugamaran, I Porter, S Bell, S Warrier, R Wale

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 603-608, Journal of gastrointestinal oncology, Hong Kong, China, C1


ASPREE-D: Aspirin for the prevention of depression in the elderly

M Berk, R Woods, M Nelson, R Shah, C Reid, E Storey, S Fitzgerald, J Lockery, R Wolfe, M Mohebbi, A Murray, B Kirpach, R Grimm, J McNeil

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 1741-1748, International psychogeriatrics, Cambridge, Eng., C1


Musculoskeletal decline and mortality: prospective data from the Geelong Osteoporosis Study

J Pasco, M Mohebbi, K Holloway, S Brennan-Olsen, N Hyde, M Kotowicz

(2016), Vol. 8, pp. 1-8, Journal of cachexia, sarcopenia and muscle, Chichester, Eng., C1


Migration, acculturation and environment: determinants of obesity among Iranian migrants in Australia

M Delavari, A Sonderlund, D Mellor, M Mohebbi, B Swinburn

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 1083-1098, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Minimising post-operative risk using a Post-Anaesthetic Care Tool (PACT): protocol for a prospective observational study and cost-effectiveness analysis

M Street, N Phillips, B Kent, S Colgan, M Mohebbi

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 1-6, BMJ Open, London, Eng., C1


Effects of a clinician referral and exercise program for men who have completed active treatment for prostate cancer: A multicenter cluster randomized controlled trial (ENGAGE)

P Livingston, M Craike, J Salmon, K Courneya, C Gaskin, S Fraser, M Mohebbi, S Broadbent, M Botti, B Kent

(2015), Vol. 121, pp. 2646-2654, Cancer, New York, N.Y., C1


The efficacy of a clinician referral and 12 week physical activity program among men living with prostate cancer: a multicentre cluster randomised controlled trial

P Livingston, M Craike, J Salmon, K Courneya, C Gaskin, S Fraser, M Mohebbi, S Broadbent, M Botti, B Kent

(2015), Vol. 121, pp. 2646-2654, Cancer, London, Eng., C1


Client self-assessment in community aged care: A comparative study involving older Australians and their case managers

G Ottmann, M Mohebbi, A Millicer

(2014), Vol. 4, pp. 1-10, SAGE Open, London, England, C1


Exploring obesogenic environments : the design and development of the migrant obesogenic perception of the environment questionnaire (MOPE-Q) using a sample of Iranian migrants in Australia

M Delavari, A Sonderland, D Mellor, M Mohebbi, B Swinburn

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-23, BMC Public health, London, England, C1


Self-directed community services for older Australians : a stepped capacity-building approach

G Ottmann, M Mohebbi

(2014), Vol. 22, pp. 598-611, Health and social care in the community, Chichester, England, C1


Disease mapping and regression with count data in the presence of overdispersion and spatial autocorrelation: a Bayesian model averaging approach

M Mohebbi, R Wolfe, A Forbes

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 883-902, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1


The microbiological and sustainability effects of washing anaesthesia breathing circuits less frequently

F McGain, C Algie, J O?Toole, F Lim, M Mohebbi, D Story, K Leder

(2014), Vol. 69, pp. 337-342, Anaesthesia, Chichester, England, C1


Laboratory features of common causes of fever in returned travelers

E Cooper, I Ratnam, M Mohebbi, K Leder

(2014), Vol. 21, pp. 235-239, Journal of travel medicine, Hoboken, NJ, C1


Femtosecond laser settings for keratoconic corneas

H Hashemi, M Mohebbi, S Mehravaran

(2012), Vol. 38, pp. 373-373, Journal of cataract & refractive surgery, Philadelphia, PA, C1-1


A poisson regression approach for modelling spatial autocorrelation between geographically referenced observations

M Mohebbi, R Wolfe, D Jolley

(2011), Vol. 11, pp. 1-11, BMC medical research methodology, London, England, C1-1


The spatial distribution of esophageal and gastric cancer in Caspian region of Iran : an ecological analysis of diet and socio-economic influences

M Mohebbi, R Wolfe, D Jolley, A Forbes, M Mahmoodi, R Burton

(2011), Vol. 10, pp. 1-13, International journal of health geographics, London, England, C1-1


Visual outcomes in five different approaches for treatment of central retinal vein occlusion

M Soheilian, A Ramezani, A Tavallali, M Mohebbi, G Peyman

(2010), Vol. 41, pp. 157-165, Ophthalmic surgery lasers and imaging, Thorofare, N. J., C1-1


Measuring professionalism in residency training programs in Iran

K Aramesh, M Mohebbi, M Jessri, M Sanagou

(2009), Vol. 31, Medical teacher, London, England, C1-1


Agreement between clinical estimation and a new quantitative analysis by Photoshop software in fundus and angiographic image variables

A Ramezani, H Ahmadieh, M Azarmina, M Soheilian, M Dehghan, M Mohebbi

(2009), Vol. 29, pp. 439-449, International ophthalmology, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1


Intravitreal bevacizumab with or without triamcinolone for refractory diabetic macular edema; a placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial

H Ahmadieh, A Ramezani, N Shoeibi, B Bijanzadeh, A Tabatabaei, M Azarmina, M Soheilian, G Keshavarzi, M Mohebbi

(2008), Vol. 246, pp. 483-489, Graefe's archive for clinical and experimental ophthalmology, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1


Time of occurrence and age distribution of digestive tract cancers in northern Iran

M Mohebbi, K Nourijelyani, M Mahmoudi, K Mohammad, H Zeraati, A Fotouhi, B Moghadaszadeh

(2008), Vol. 37, pp. 8-19, Iranian journal of public health, Tehran, Iran, C1-1


Triamcinolone acetonide in silicone-filled eyes as adjunctive treatment for proliferative vitreoretinopathy : a randomized clinical trial

H Ahmadieh, M Feghhi, H Tabatabaei, N Shoeibi, A Ramezani, M Mohebbi

(2008), Vol. 115, pp. 1938-1943, Ophthalmology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Geographical spread of gastrointestinal tract cancer incidence in the Caspian Sea region of Iran : spatial analysis of cancer registry data

M Mohebbi, M Mahmoodi, R Wolfe, K Nourijelyani, K Mohammad, H Zeraati, A Fotouhi

(2008), Vol. 8, pp. 1-12, BMC cancer, London, England, C1-1


Visual outcome and ocular survival in open-globe injuries

M Entezari, H Rabei, M Badalabadi, M Mohebbi

(2006), Vol. 37, pp. 633-637, Injury, London, Eng., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Prioritising Responses of Nurses To deteriorating patient Observations (PRONTO)

Prof Tracey Bucknall, Prof Alison Hutchinson, Prof Gillian Harvey, Prof Julie Considine, Prof Imogen Mitchell, Prof Jo Rycroft-Malone, Prof Ian Graham, Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi, A/Prof Jennifer Watts

NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2017: $181,182
  • 2016: $148,287

Other Public Sector Funding

Prioritising Responses of Nurses To deteriorating patient Observations (PRONTO)

Prof Tracey Bucknall, Prof Alison Hutchinson, Prof Gillian Harvey, Prof Julie Considine, Prof Imogen Mitchell, Prof Jo Rycroft-Malone, Prof Ian Graham, Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi, A/Prof Jennifer Watts

  • 2017: $45,000
  • 2016: $68,400

Health Economic Evaluation of the Partnered Pharmacy Medication Charting Program

A/Prof Andrew Dalton, Prof Elizabeth Manias, Dr Kevin Mc Namara, Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Ms Elena Gospodarevskaya

  • 2017: $73,149
  • 2016: $85,340

Diabetes Health Check Risk Assessment, Screening and Referral

Dr Kevin Mc Namara, Prof Rob Carter, Dr Sophy Shih, A/Prof Vincent Versace, Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi

  • 2017: $328,676

Industry and Other Funding

Cost of illness for high prevalence mental disorders in Australia

Dr Cathy Mihalopoulos, Dr Mary Lou Chatterton, Ms Yu-Chen Lee, Ms Anne Magnus, Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi

  • 2014: $50,000


Associate Supervisor

Ngoc Bich Van Nguyen

Thesis entitled: Measuring Nurse Educator Confidence in Clinical Teaching Competence

Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), School of Nursing & Midwifery