Dr Haider Mannan

Haider Mannan


Senior Lecturer in biostatistics


Dr Haider Mannan is a Senior Lecturer in biostatistics at the Translational Health Research Institute and the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. He has three roles-research, teaching and providing statistical consulting service to staffs and students. He has interest in evaluation of interventions at the population level and has a research track record in the fields of chronic conditions (e.g. obesity, eating disorders, mental health, diabetes) (currently CI on 3 external grants in eating disorders treatments and mental health outcomes worth 405K AUD and two internal grants worth 75K AUD), lifestyle factors (e.g. smoking, diet) and with cardiovascular disease treatments (e.g. CABG, angioplasty stenting) and risk reduction and prevention using policy modelling (was CI on 1 NHMRC grant, 1 ARC grant having total value 400K AUD). His biostatistical expertise is wide including regression models for clustered and longitudinal data (e.g. multilevel mixed effects, GEE models), continuous, binary (e.g. logistic regression), time to event (e.g. Cox and Weibull regression), categorical and ordinal outcomes (polytomous and ordinal regression), nonparametric methods, analysis of small studies and state transition models (e.g. Markov simulation/models, latent Markov models), in the context of epidemiological/medical studies. He has published four computer programs for disease risk modelling using SAS macros. He has published two monographs, 80 peer reviewed journal articles in epidemiology and biostatistics with 31 as first authored and 42 in Q1 journals including American Journal of Epidemiology, Annals of Epidemiology, Psychological Medicine, Preventive Medicine, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, International Journal of Obesity, Nutrients, Obesity, International Journal of Eating Disorders, Appetite, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, European Journal of Nutrition, Statistical Methods in Medical Research. He has also authored 9 consultancy and government research reports. His current google scholar H index is 22, i-10 index 33 and 1600 citations. He has supervised two PhD students to completion-for one as primary-supervisor and one as co-supervisor. He has also (primary) supervised two Master’s (1 MRes, 1 MPH) students to completion and has co-supervised ten Honours students with six completions. Currently, he is co-supervising five PhD students with two having thesis under examination. Several of these students have obtained awards or high distinction for their theses.

He teaches and coordinates two full units - Statistical Methods in Epidemiology for Master of Epidemiology, MPH, MHSc, Master of Data Science and Master of Nursing courses during spring semester, and Epidemiology of Climate Change for Master of Epidemiology, MPH and MHSc students during autumn semester. He also teaches a WesternX open learning platform short course Longitudinal Modelling for Population Health Researchers, and conducts workshops on multilevel and multivariate regression models at GRS and THRI. At Western he also taught Environmental Epidemiology to Master of Epidemiology students and introductory biostatistics for Foundations of Medicine 2 to MBBS/MD students.

He has an independent research program on investigating relationships between infant feeding factors/physical activity and childhood obesity and growth factors in the Western Sydney and the Middle Eastern populations. His other research is on nutritional epidemiology, eating disorders and body image, adult obesity, life expectancy and cost benefits associated with smoking reductions due to targeting of high-risk population subgroups versus the entire population. Before joining Western Sydney he also obtained research funding from CSIRO preventative health flagship, Medibank Private Limited and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. As a biostatistician he has methodological expertise in designing and performing sample size estimations for various epidemiologic study designs including but not limited to single and multi-centred individual and cluster randomized trials, cross-over trials, cohort, interrupted time series, prevalence and multiple baseline studies.

He earned a Ph.D. in biostatistics and epidemiology from University of Western Australia with distinction in 2008, and then worked at Monash and James Cook Universities as Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in the area of chronic disease risk prevention. He has presented at many international conferences worldwide and has 32 refereed conference papers/presentations.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology and Applied Biostatistics
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Health effects of Smoking
  • Population nutrition


  • Statistical Society of Australia (2016 - to date)
  • Public Health Association of Australia

Qualifications and Recognition

  • Excellence in Research Award from the DVC and VP Research, Enterprise and International Award for Best Interdisciplinary Research as member of the Eating Disorder and Body Image (EDBI) Network at Translational Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University
  • Foundations of University Learning & Teaching program, Western Sydney University, August 2017Award for fee waiver for attending conference on Improving Health through Data Analytics at Darling Harbour, Sydney 2015-11-12
  • National Heart Foundation travel award for presenting at an overseas international conference while working at Monash University, Melbourne 2012-08-04
  • Faculty travel award, Monash University for presenting at 2008 European Public Health Association at Lisbon, Portugal 2008-09-02
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and University Postgraduate Award, School of Population Health, University of Western Australia, 2004-2007
  • Special University Scholarship, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario September 1999-September 2001
  • International Graduate Student Scholarship and Special University Scholarship, Dept. of Sociology, University of Western Ontario January 1999-August 2001
  • PhD University of Western Australia
  • MSc The University of Western Ontario
  • MA The University of Western Ontario
  • MScStat University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • BScStat University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 4620 3951
LocationBuilding 3, Campbelltown Campus