I want to help prevent and alleviate suffering for the sickest, poorest, and most vulnerable people through biostatistics and public health.
I have over 8 years' experience in statistics applied to public health research with 18 articles on PubMed as the statistical or main author. I also have 4 years experience in clinical psychiatry treating patients with mental illness.
I have researched areas of poverty, crime, social disadvantage, perinatal drug abuse, prematurity, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, children with disabilities, mental health, out of home care, addiction, Aboriginal Health, communicable diseases (influenza, Tuberculosis, syphilis, HIV, sexually transmitted infections), cancer, heart disease, smoking cessation, breastfeeding, crime, health and well-being, health education and aged care.
Rotations: Rural and Indigenous Health, HIV, Public Health Unit (Communicable Disease and Environmental Health), Childhood Disability, Addiction and Pharmacoepi (TGA)
Coursework: Environmental Health Risk Assessments | Framing Indigenous Health| Health Promotion| Health Policy| Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease| Qualitative Research Methods| Environmental Health Risk Assessments | Introduction to teaching and supervision | Grant Writing | PRINCE 2 : Foundations and Practitioners | Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Certified as of 2022 Oct
I led a 15-member team to give advice to the public and key stakeholders related to COVID, and adverse event reporting for the COVID vaccine in the Sydney COVID LOCKDOWN.
I was a key person in the design, coordination, sample sizing, methods, analysis, and reporting (including publication) of a pragmatic RCT in rural South Africa. I was working remotely and mentoring a team of researchers.
President of the Sydney Northern District Table Tennis Association including, 470, 70 teams, 15 clubs. This includes working with the committee, improving processes, uploading scores to a global server using code and organising events.
Degree Related: Honours first class was on mining cardiovascular clinical RCTs using estimation and prediction to generate surrogate markers using clinical data. My Masters of Biostatistics and MPhil has taught me a broad range of statistical methods and the application of these methods.
Statistical Techniques: Biostatistics: Generalized Linear Models, Survival Analysis, Longitudinal and Correlated Data (including multi-level modeling), Advanced R, Stata, Meta-regression, Study Design, Sample Size Calculation, Logic, Variable Selection, Data Linkage, Clinical Trial Design, Probability & Statistical Inference, Pharmacoepidemiology, generating and simulating data, multiple imputation for analysis with missing data and an overview of Machine Learning Causal Inference: Directed Acyclic Graphs, Propensity Scores, Inverse Probability Treatment Weights, Regression Discontinuity, Differences in Differences, Instrumental Variables, Mendelian Randomisation
Data: I am an expert programmer in R and Stata, and I write reproducible, well-structured and code with comments. I am also familiar with SAS.I have carried out data management at the population level, 1.8 million records level with six different routinely collected government datasets of all babies and their mothers in the last 20 years in the state of NSW in Australia totalling over 20Gb)
Experience: I have applied almost all of these techniques in my work leading to publications or significant government reports with myself as the statistical author.I have published many articles and reports, including eighteen PubMed publications.8 years of statistical consulting, data management, analysis, reporting and publication of results.
Ongoing Learning: I supervise research students and teach statistical methods.I have learned and used new statistical techniques independently, including causal mediation analysis.I am trained in and have experience in machine learning techniques such as Random Forest and k-means longitudinal analysis (kml)I have worked for TGA reviewing clinical study reports for approval of and safety of medical devices.
Statistical Consulting: I conceptualise and crystallise processes in data capture, data management, reporting and publication as well as consultation with the clients. I understand their requirements and also offer them innovative medical, public health and statistical advice.Developing and optimising protocols using critical appraisal, the literature, and the principles of excellent, scientifically valid, and relevant study designs.Constructed many Statistical Analysis Plans with client consultation.
Supervision / Teaching: Supervised Honours Students, PhD Students, clinicians, researchers. Taught seminars and tutored in biostatistics
AStat (Accredited Statistician) fro the Statistical Society of Australia in Dec 2022: Member Profile: https://www.statsoc.org.au/Sys/PublicProfile/48202292/4702721 Criteria for Accredited Statistician: Degree in Statistics + 6 years of progressively advanced Statistical Experience + Submission of Major Works + Maintaining Continual Professional Development + 5 year re-accreditations
Dronavalli M, Page A, Sperandei S, Uribe G, Huckel Schneider C, Eastwood J. Determinants and health outcomes of trajectories of social mobility in Australia. SSM Popul Health. 2023 Jan 5;21:101336. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2023.101336. PMID: 36660174; PMCID: PMC9843487. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36660174/
Leonard E, Kwinda Z, Baernighausen T, Dronavalli M, Adam M, Pillay Y. Optimizing knowledge and behavioral intention of women and their partners in the perinatal period in South Africa: a randomized control trial study protocol in the Tshwane district, Gauteng province, South Africa. BMC Public Health. 2022;22(1):1224 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/35725421
Adam, M., et al. (2021). "Evaluation of a community-based mobile video breastfeeding intervention in Khayelitsha, South Africa: The Philani MOVIE cluster-randomized controlled trial." PLoS Med 18(9): e1003744. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/34582438
Farnbach S, Economidis G, Aiken A, Dronavalli M, Shakeshaft A. A randomized stepped-wedge evaluation of the impact of of a guideline-driven process for improving the cultural competence of non-Aboriginal drug and alcohol treatment services.: NDARC, UNSW; 2020. (CONFIDENTIAL GOVERNMENT REPORT, Available on Request)
Dronavalli M, Lord H, Alexander K, Boonwaat L, Pal N, Fletcher-Lartey SM. Effectiveness of Oseltamivir Prophylaxis in Influenza Outbreaks in Residential Aged Care. J Epidemiol Glob Health. 2020 Jun;10(2):184-189. doi: 10.2991/jegh.k.200402.001. PMID: 32538036; PMCID: PMC7310780. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7310780/
Fletcher-Lartey, S., et al. (2019). "Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns in Neisseria Gonorrhoeae in Australia and New Zealand: A Meta-analysis and Systematic Review." Antibiotics (Basel) 8(4). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31652729
Dronavalli, M. and S. C. Thompson (2015). "A systematic review of measurement tools of health and well-being for evaluating community-based interventions." J Epidemiol Community Health 69(8): 805-815. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26041904
Dronavalli, M., et al. (2017). "Findings from a clinical audit in regional general practice of management of patients following acute coronary syndrome." Aust J Prim Health 23(2): 170-177.Findings from a clinical audit in regional general practice of management of patients following acute coronary syndrome https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27647550
Vilalta, A., et al. (2011). "Normobaric hyperoxia in traumatic brain injury: does brain metabolic state influence the response to hyperoxic challenge?" J Neurotrauma 28(7): 1139-1148. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21534719
Sheffield LJ, Irving P, Gupta A, Byron K, Macrae FA, Phillimore H, et al. Thiopurine methyltransferase and thiopurine metabolite testing in patients with inflammatory bowel disease who are taking thiopurine drugs. Pharmacogenomics. 2009;10(7):1091-9. https://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/abs/10.2217/pgs.09.60
Adam M, Kwinda Z, Dronavalli M, Leonard E, Nguyễn V, Tshivhase V, Bärnighausen T, Pillay Y Effect of Short, Animated Video Storytelling on Maternal Knowledge and Satisfaction in the Perinatal Period in South Africa: Randomized Controlled Trial J Med Internet Res 2023;25:e47266 URL: https://www.jmir.org/2023/1/e47266
Perinatal Drug Exposure and short term /long term health / education / out of home care outcomes and service utilisation for babies and their mothers. Results of a population birth cohort 'Joining the Dots' of 1.8 million babies and their mothers in NSW between 2001 and 2020.
Supervising Clinicians and Honours Research Students as a Medical Statistician and co-supervisor. Two of my honours students were Gold Medalists in their seminar series.
Assessing the effectiveness of oseltamivir prophylaxis in preventing Influenza outbreaks in Aged Care Facilities.
Estimating Childhood Disability in Southwest Sydney and advocating a state-wide Child Disability Register
Outbreak Control (eg Measles; Gastro in a school, child care or aged care facility; Influenza in an Aged Care Facility)
Educating district aged care facility managers ad nursing staff on managing and preventing the spread of influenza outbreaks in a one day teaching session
Environmental Health Risk Assessments (PFAS, M12 noise and vibration, Establish Surveillance for Lead Notification with a high-risk Lead Battery Manufacturer, Mercury in Fish)
Speeding up the management of Syphilis notification through automating repetitive data entry tasks using R and Adobe Optical Character Recognition for data extraction and processing.
Teaching and upskilling staff in research methods and assisting the Medical Epidemiologist in reporting and surveillance work (Annual STI report | Published Meta-Analysis of Gonorrhoea prevalence and antibiotic resistance for studies in the past 30 years in Australia and New Zealand)
Assessing the need for screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection for refugee children under 2 years
Worked empathically under pressure, Treated quite severe mental illness
Caring for mentally ill patients under consultant psychiatrist supervision o Elicit History and Mental State to adjust medication. o Communicate with the multidisciplinary team and family+carers of the patient. o Clozapine and Outpatient Clinics