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Dr Sharon Chen

Senior Lecturer, Statistics


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 research interests include to develop predictive models for geriatric-specific as well as children-specific mortality outcome; to examine the characteristics of elderly drivers and the fundamental deciding factors for them to stop driving; to investigate the influence of polypharmacy on quality of life; to compare the performance of various trauma related injury severity scoring tools; to evaluate road safety intervention programs; to optimise the location of digital health stations; to study the impact of telehealth.

I am currently an Editorial Committee of high ranking peer-review journals and also an active member for the University Human Research Ethic Committee.

I have previously supervised to completion undergraduate research projects, Honours research projects and PhD research projects. Currently, I am the Principal Coordinating Supervisor, Co-Supervisor and Panel member for PhD as well as Master students in their diverse research projects.

Research interests

Health Promotion; 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

1. Distracted driving in young drivers:

2. Evaluation of telematics in enhancing driving behaviour:

3. Wellbeing of older drivers in Australia in relation to polypharmacy concerns:


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

1. COVID-19 Infodemic and vaccine acceptance:

2. Distracted driving and smartphone dependency

3. The relationship of polypharmacy and quality of life :

Fields of Research

  • Applied Statistics - 490501
  • Biostatistics - 490502

Teaching areas

Biostatistics;Health research design;Sampling


  • 2021, International, Young Investigator Award, 52nd Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, University of Indonesia


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

  • 2021: An evaluation of telematics devices for improving the driving behaviour of young drivers *; Road Safety Innovation Fund
  • 2020: Global Barometer Survey for Samoa *; Australian National University
  • 2019: Evaluation of Health Outcomes for the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge (Student Wilson Low) *; Virgin Pulse Inc (Get the world moving)

* Chief Investigator