Kerrin Palazzi

Kerrin Palazzi
Research Program:

Research Interests

Applying statistics and research methods to help researchers. Not every researcher knows how to or wants to do their own statistics, so we are here to help.

Why did you get into research?

I like helping to find answers to the medical questions - Are there patients who will respond better to different treatment options; Which factors contribute to better quality of life after specific treatments; Have disease outcomes changed over time, and can we identify why? Part of that is helping researchers design studies better to answer these questions.

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

My goal is to learn as much as I can, continue helping researchers, and help find the answers. Working with so many smart researchers, I am constantly challenged, amazed and find it a very rewarding career.


Kerrin has an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science (James Cook University) and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota (USA).  After completing her Masters degree she worked in Head and Neck-radiotherapy cancer research (data management/statistics) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and then at the University of California-San Diego in haematology-oncology (clinical trials regulatory/ethics) and Urology-surgery cancer research (data management/database design/statistics) before returning to Australia to work within the HMRI CReDITSS Unit. She has undertaken several classes in medical statistics through the Biostatics Collaboration of Australia (BCA)/University of Newcastle and continues to learn and apply this knowledge in a multi-disciplinary research setting.

Specialised/Technical Skills 

Current position:

  • Perform and interpret statistical analysis, utilizing specialized statistical software (SAS, Stata, SPSS) 
  • Manipulate and analyze complex datasets
  • Assist in the design and sample size calculations for clinical trials
  • Co-author and prepare material for scientific manuscripts

Previous positions:

  • Designed and maintained several prospective/retrospective complex relational databases in Access for large comprehensive, longitudinal and interdisciplinary research studies
  • Coordinated submission of ethics documents and preparation of clinical trial protocols to obtain study approval
  • Performed data acquisition from medical records and maintained the integrity and reliability of the data
  • Recruited human subjects for population-based research studies