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Dr Helena Romaniuk
Dr Helena Romaniuk is a Biostatistician jointly employed by the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (CEBU) and Population Health Studies of Adolescents.
She joined Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in 2008 following training and a range of positions in the UK. Dr Romaniuk completed an undergraduate degree in Statistics and Operational Research (Coventry), a Masters in Statistics (University of Sheffield) and a PhD in Statistics (University of Southampton). For her PhD, she investigated statistical methods for analysing longitudinal event data.
In the UK, she initially worked in the pharmaceutical industry, and then in public health and medical research at two university hospitals (St Georges Hospital, London and Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham). After completing her PhD, she went on to work in early infant and child development research at two psychology departments (University of Reading and Birkbeck, University of London).
In her current position, Dr Romaniuk mainly collaborates with researchers based in the Population Health Studies of Adolescents. She also undertakes research into multiple imputation, coordinates a Masters subject on Data Management and Statistical Computing for the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA) on behalf of the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health and regularly contributes to the teaching of statistics short courses for CEBU.
- Senior Research Officer, Population Health Studies of Adolescents, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
- Honorary Research Affiliate, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
Dr Romaniuk's main research interests are the analysis of longitudinal data in large cohort studies and methods for handling missing data. Her current research focuses on child and adult health outcomes. She has analysed data from the 2000 stories Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study; 2000 stories: the next generation; The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS); Beyondblue; the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and International Youth Development Study.
She is also involved in a community trial to investigate the effect of an internet intervention (Staying Fit) on childhood obesity.
Romaniuk H, Patton GC, Carlin JB. Multiple imputation in a longitudinal cohort study: a case study of sensitivity to imputation methods. American Journal of Epidemiology. In press
Moran P, Coffey C, Romaniuk H, Degenhardt L, Borschmann R, Patton GC. Substance use in adulthood following adolescent self-harm: a population-based cohort study. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 2014: 1–8. DOI: 10.1111/acps.12306
Rodwell L, Lee KJ, Romaniuk H, Carlin JB. Comparison of methods for imputing limited-range variables: a simulation study. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 2014, 14:57. doi:10.1186/1471-2288-14-57
Patton GC, Coffey C, Romaniuk H, Mackinnon A, Carlin JB, Degenhardt L, Olsson C, Moran P. The prognosis of common mental disorders in adolescents: a 14-year prospective cohort study. The Lancet, 16 January 2014. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62116-9
Degenhardt L, O'Loughlin C, Swift W, Romaniuk H, Carlin JB, Coffey C, Hall WD, Patton GC. The persistence of adolescent binge drinking into adulthood: findings from a 15-year prospective cohort study. BMJ Open. 2013 Aug 19;3(8):e003015. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003015
Degenhardt L, Coffey C, Romaniuk H, Swift W, Carlin JB, Hall WD, Patton GC. The persistence of the association between adolescent cannabis use and common mental disorders into young adulthood. Addiction. 2013, 108(1):124-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.04015.x
Moran P, Coffey C, Romaniuk H, Olsson C, Borschmann R, Carlin JB and Patton GC. The Natural History of Self-harm from Adolescence to Young Adulthood: A Population-Based Cohort Study. The Lancet, 2012, 379, 9814, 236 – 243
Swift W, Coffey C, Degenhardt L, Carlin JB, Romaniuk H and Patton GC. Cannabis and progression to other substance use in young adults: findings from a 13-year prospective population-based study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2012, 66(7). doi:10.1136/jech.2010.129056
Patton, G.C., Tollit, M.M., Romaniuk, H., Spence, S.H., Sheffield, J., Sawyer, M.G. A Prospective Study of the Effects of Optimism on Adolescent Health Risks. Pediatrics, 2011, 127, 2, 308-316
McKenzie M, Jorm AF, Romaniuk H, Olsson CA, Patton GC. Association of adolescent symptoms of depression and anxiety with alcohol use disorders in young adulthood: findings from the Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study. Medical Journal of Australia, 2011, 195, 3, S27-S30.