Erin Nolan

Erin Nolan
Research Program:

Research Interests

  • The methods relating to manipulating and cleaning large and complex datasets
  • Public health
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Women’s health

Why did you get into research?

From a young age I’ve wanted to work in a field where I could help other people. I had read a book about diseases that threaten humanity and found myself compelled to try and do something about it. I wanted to work in health or medicine but later I also became interested in statistics and coding. Biostatistics was a perfect blend of the two areas of interest.

What is your ultimate goal for your research?

I don’t have an ultimate goal for my work, but it would be great to see more statisticians involved in research design.


Erin Nolan is a statistician for the Clinical Research Design, IT and Statistical Support (CReDITSS) unit at the HMRI. She completed a Bachelor of Science (Biology) and a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Newcastle. She started the NSW Biostatistics Training Program with the NSW Ministry of Health and a Masters of Biostatistics with the University of Sydney in 2018 and is completing them while working at the HMRI. She aims to complete both by the end of 2021.

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Statistical software proficiency (SAS, R, SPSS)
  • Complex data manipulation and large datasets
  • Data visualisation and GIS
  • Complex survey designs (weighted, non-randomised, stratified)
  • NSW Health data assets (APDC, EDDC, RBDM, CODURF, PDC, PHS, NCIMS)


HMRI Clinical Research Design and Statistics