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Dr Sharon Chen



Upon completing a PhD in statistics in 2004 from the University of Kentucky (USA), I was invited to join a private clinical research organisation in Malaysia as a Consultant Biostatistician. This company provides statistical related support, particularly in the therapeutic area of nephrology dialysis, transplantation, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and oncology. As a result, I was actively involved in the planning, organisation and running of statistics related workshops at national, regional and international levels. In 2008, I took up a senior position with leadership and management responsibilities at a private University in Malaysia where I successfully developed their school structure and a research centre, which achieved significant milestones under my leadership. In late 2012, I moved back to industry to take up a new and challenging position in leadership and management in the banking industry. I joined a reputable Australian university with campus in Malaysia in late 2013. It is a great opportunity for me to commence my tenure with Swinburne University in Hawthorn campus in April 2017.

My current research interests focus on developing a valid and reliable geriatric-specific as well as children-specific mortality model using retrospective data from the National Trauma Database in Malaysia. My ongoing research projects include study to examine the characteristics of elderly Malaysian drivers and the fundamental deciding factors for them to stop driving; study to compare the performance of various trauma related injury severity scoring tools; to develop and validate medical software applications (apps) to assist clinicians in emergency environment; to compare the management of traumatic injuries by clinicians for male and female patients; to conduct in-depth understanding about motorcycle commuter crashes in Malaysia.

I have served as the Editorial Committees of World Journal of Social Science, SAGE Open and Studies in Asian Social Science and also an active reviewer for the university based Human Research Ethic Committee in the past.

In term of supervision, I have successfully supervised two Honours students to completion in their research activities entitled "trauma in geriatric patients: a restrospective study of the National Trauma Datasebase 2007-2011" and "Academic burnout and eating disorder among Monash University students in Malaysia". I am currently supervising one student in her PhD research activity entitled "characteristics of elderly Malaysian drivers and riders and the fundamental deciding factors for them to stop driving".

Research interests

Public and Environmental Health; Biostatistics; Epidemiology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Wellbeing of older drivers in Australia in relation to polypharmacy concerns


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Difference in using GAP and MGAP in assessing injury severity for patients sustained traumatic injuries

Gender differences in in-hospital mortality following traumatic injuries

Fields of Research

  • Applied Statistics - 010401
  • Biostatistics - 010402

Teaching areas

Biostatistics;Health research design;Sampling


Also published as: Chen, Sharon; Chen, Won Sun; Chen, W. S.; Chen, Won-Sun
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: Evaluation of Health Outcomes for the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge (Student Wilson Low) *; Faculty of Health, Arts and Design - Internal Contributions

* Chief Investigator

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