Dr Alix Hall

Research Program:

What are your research interests?

I am interested in conducting methodologically rigorous research that helps to improve the care and wellbeing of others. In particular I have an interest in applying appropriate statistical methods to answer our health-related research questions. 

Why did you get into research?

When I was at school my dad was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is an incurable type of blood cancer. After witnessing first-hand the impact that a chronic illness can have on a person and their family, I wanted to do something that would help others affected by chronic illness. Medical research was an ideal way to achieve this, as research allows you to test and identify what helps and what doesn’t. My particular interest in statistics came from years of working as a health behaviour researcher, where I learnt that statistical analysis was an essential component to ensuring that our research projects are rigorous and our conclusions accurate. 

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

My goal is to support HMRI-affiliated researchers to apply appropriate statistics to their research projects. 

Biography

Dr Alix Hall is a statistician for the Clinical Research Design, IT and Statistical Support (CReDITSS) Unit at HMRI. This is a service role where she is involved in providing data management and statistical support to HMRI affiliated researchers. 

Dr Hall has an undergraduate honours degree in psychology and a PhD in health behaviour science in relation to medicine. For the past 10 years Dr Hall has been working as a health behaviour researcher, where she has been involved in designing and conducting research studies that focus on understanding and improving the lives of people affected by chronic illness. In 2014 she completed her PhD in health behaviour science in relation to medicine. Her thesis focused on the identifying the unmet needs of haematological cancer survivors.

Dr Hall has always had an interest in statistics. She has completed a number of statistical courses as part of her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. However, after working for a decade in health behaviour research she came to realise just how important statistics were to the entire research process, and just how much more there was for her to learn. With this in mind Dr Hall has begun to transition her career towards medical statistics. She began at CReDITSS in 2017 and will undertake a Masters in Medical Statistics at the University of Newcastle. 

Future Focus

To continue to develop my statistical and research skills so that I can help myself and others to undertake the best possible research we can. 

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Statistical software proficiency (Stata, SAS)
  • Dataset management 
  • Survey development 
  • Psychometric analysis of patient reported outcome measures
  • Health behavior research
  • Teaching communication skills within the medical context

Affiliations