The Faculty Research Advice Team is intended to provide advice and assistance to staff and research students in the design and analysis of research projects. The Team provides support in statistics, but also in a range of other forms of research.

Advice and assistance is free, but there are conditions. Please read below.

Research advice team

The team members listed are all volunteers, known for their patience, and are keen supporters of research in the Faculty. Please contact a team member who can offer help in the area you need. If in doubt contact Professor Deborah Black.

 Deborah Black

Professor Deborah Black

Deborah offers advice for multivariate analyses including GLM, logistic regression and survival analyses.

 Anita Bundy

Professor Anita Bundy

Anita offers assistance in Rasch analysis, especially with Winsteps or Facets.

 Roger Stancliffe

Professor Roger Stancliffe

Roger offers assistance in quantitative analyses using SPSS - non-parametric statistics and procedures such as t-test, ANOVA/ANCOVA, linear regression, logistic regression. His approach is to respond to requests as they come in and negotiate a mutually convenient meeting time. He finds it helpful to talk with people before they have collected (much) data rather than find problems too late.

 Lindy Clemson

Associate Professor Lindy Clemson

Lindy offers assistance in particular, the development of study design, including those with mixed methodologies.  She has background in both quantitative and qualitative approaches.  She also has expertise in Rasch analysis useful for instrument development and validation and can handle some of the more basic statistical analysis using SPSS (t tests, relative risks).

 Mark Halaki

Dr Mark Halaki

Mark offers assistance with t-tests, ANOVAs, experimental quantitative design (prior to data collection), Excel (spreadsheet and graphs), Matlab (data analysis advice/programming).

Zakia Hossain

Dr Zakia Hossain

Zakia offers assistance with questionnaire design, Chi-square test, ANOVA and regression, demographic techniques and preparation of hum ethics applications.

 Rob Heard

Dr Rob Heard

Rob offers assistance with quantitative research designs and alyses using ANOVA and regression.





Technical support staff

 Tim offers support in the design and development of advanced biomedical and clinical measurement technology systems, in addition to, specialised technical advice to staff and student in biomedical instrumentation, laboratory computer science and clinical measurement.

Tim will also provide support in Analogue and digital electronics design including CAD based circuit board production, Embedded microcontroller application development, Software programming in assembler, C, C#, Visual Basic, Delphi, and LabVIEW. Contact


 John offers assistance in Electronic Design and Development, such as instrumentation and control systems, and Software Design and Development, including C++ programming, Java ME programming and MATLAB.

John has particular interest in design of microcontroller based digital devices for Data logging, Measurement, Biofeedback and Control; mobile device programming for Mobile phones and PDA's; computer programming for acquisition of analogue and digital data and interfacing to peripheral devices.   Contact

 Ray provides support across a range of areas including advice and instruction for specialist equipment such as ergometers, dynameters and data collection devices; software written in LabVIEW to collect and process analogue data; minor contruction and mechanical projects using composite materials, plastics and strain gauge technologies; and calibration techniques including humidity, temperature, length and mass.


Ray also offers support by maintaining Faculty research facilities including the Climate Chamber, a temperature and humidity controlled laboratory; the Biomechanics Laboratory with a 14 camera Motion Analysis System; the Hydrostatic Weighing Laboratory and the Resistance Training Laboratories (Keiser equipped muscle function and training laboratories). Contact



What the team is for

The purpose of the Research Advice Team is to help colleagues do research by giving advice and assistance in the design and analysis of research projects.

Please do

  • Consult early. Team members can give much better assistance if consulted at the design phase of a study.
  • Make an appointment rather than just appearing at someone's door.
  • Allow enough time for someone to assist you.
  • Brief your Team member. Team members will be able to give better advice if they have a reasonable idea about what your project is. Analyses are always part of a big picture. Please tell them what it is.
  • Find out if the Team member wishes your supervisor to accompany you to any meetings. Some Team members will and some won't. In either case, please expect the Team member to be in contact with your supervisor.

Please don't

  • Appear at 4.45 pm on Friday wanting an analysis done by 5.00 pm. This is not going to work.
  • Expect Team members to do all your analysis for you. Team members are your colleagues, most of whom are volunteering their time. Part of their role is to help you learn analysis techniques you need to understand your data.
  • Expect your team member to be a font of all knowledge.
  • Turn up with a horrible mess of a project and expect a Team member to salvage it.
  • Expect Team members to become de-facto research student supervisors.
  • Expect Team members do become de-facto PM&D supervisors.


In most cases you will meet a team member once or twice for advice. You may have a conversation of an hour or two, and that will be all. In such cases, advice is free. The team member will be rewarded by the pleasant experience of discussing an undoubtedly interesting project with an intelligent colleague. It's expected that the majority of meetings will fall into this category.

If you find you are meeting more often, or the team member's role in your project is becoming extensive, it is polite and fair to offer them a more formal association in your project. For example, if you have had three long meetings with a Team member, they have played a major role in doing or interpreting the analysis, have contributed valuable ideas which become important in subsequent publications, and particularly if they have written sections of a report for you, you should expect to offer them co-authorship on relevant publications. With research students, if a Team member has come to do tasks normally regarded as supervision, they should be offered associate supervision of the project. Please contact the Team Coordinator, Professor Deborah Black if you have enquiries

Conduct and policies

It is important that HDR students are familiar with University policies relating to research higher degree supervision and training. Policies and guidelines relating to Higher Degrees by Research, Academic Conduct and Personal Conduct can be easily accessed via the Policy Register.

Supervisors' and students' specific responsibilities are described in many of these policies. All Health Sciences HDR students are encouraged to read and familiarise themselves with these policies.


To ensure that all University of Sydney research is conducted in accordance with State Acts and National Codes of Practice, all research using undertaken on humans and/or animals is likely to require ethics approval. Approval can be time consuming and therefore it is recommended that approval is sought as soon as possible within your candidature. For details of the approval process and how to apply visit the University of Sydney Ethics website.