About Associate Professor Christine Roberts
Christine Robert’s passion for research is based on a desire to improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies.
Christine Roberts is perinatal epidemiologist with a research program covering 3 main themes: utilising population health data to improve maternal and infant health, evidence for improved practice through clinical studies and systematic reviews, health service delivery and policy and planning; and getting research into policy and practice.
Dr Christine Roberts (MBBS, DipObs, FAFFPHM DrPH) is a medical epidemiologist with considerable clinical experience in obstetrics, paediatrics and neonatology prior to her career in epidemiology. In 2006 she was awarded a NHMRC Research Fellowship and in February 2007 took up the position of Research Director of Clinical and Population Perinatal Health Research in the Kolling Institute at the University of Sydney. She has worked in both government (NSW Health Department as a Public Health Medicine Registrar; the Centers for Disease Control, USA) and academic teaching/program management (as Director of the Master of Applied Epidemiology Program at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australia National University). From 1997 to 2006 Dr Roberts was employed as both the Research Director of the Centre for Perinatal Health Services Research (CPHSR), at the University of Sydney and as Public Health Practitioner in the NSW Pregnancy and Newborn Services Network. Her research included population-based research assessing the uptake of evidence-based obstetric practices, observational studies and randomised controlled trials, and systematic reviews of randomised trials. In the last 10 years, she has had >100 publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals, and has been awarded 26 peer-reviewed grants. Dr Roberts has considerable experience and expertise in undertaking clinical research in pregnant women, including, surveys, focus groups, observational studies and randomised controlled trials. She also utilises population health data for research on a range of maternal and infant health conditions and intervention, their health outcomes and health service utilisation. She has extensive experience in validation studies of routinely collected data. Dr Roberts teaches evidence-based medicine in the USYD Medical Program, and epidemiology in the School of Public Health and the Department of Obstetric and Gynaecology. She has supervised 28 Masters students, 7 Doctoral students, 4 Public Health Medicine trainees and 9 Postdoctoral Fellows.