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Institute of Population Health Sciences (IPHS)

Dr Melanie Smuk, PhD


Lecturer in Medical Statistics

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 6564


After gaining a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Melanie studied a Masters in Statistics at University College London. Her previous experience of working full time for over a year as a biostatistical programmer at biotechnology company (Amgen), coupled with the inspiration from the Master course encouraged Melanie to continue in statistical research. Melanie completed a PhD in missing data methodology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Following her PhD, Melanie moved to Queen Mary University of London to work as a research fellow in medical within the centre for Psychiatry. Just one example of her collaborative research within the centre for psychiatry was the Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study which evaluated the impact of urban regeneration on young people and their families.

Melanie then left Queen Mary to work as senior statistician within the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen). At NatCen she gained experience working as a statistical lead on the planning and execution of sampling/weighting for large-scale surveys.

Melanie then re-joined Queen Mary as a lecturer in Medical Statistics within the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit (PCTU). Since joining the PCTU in 2017, Melanie’s work has focused on the theory and practice of running clinical trials. She is a senior statistician on a number of randomised trials in primary care, both individually and cluster randomised.


Melanie teaches on the epidemiology and statistics course and is a problem based learning facilitator for medical students within Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry


Research Interests:

Melanie’s main research interests are missing data methodology, the design of cluster randomised trials and hierarchical/cluster modelling



  • Cytokine responses to exercise and activity in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: case control study. Clark LV, Buckland M, Murphy G, Taylor N, Vleck V, Mein C, Wozniak E, Smuk M, White PD, Clinical and Experimental Immunology, December 2017 190(3), 360-371.
  • What impact do assumptions about missing data have on conclusions? A practical sensitivity analysis for a cancer survival registry, Smuk M, Carpenter JR, Morris TP, BMC Medical Research Methodology, 2017. 17:21. 
  • Longitudinal associations of experiences of adversity and socioeconomic disadvantage during childhood with labour force participation and exit in later adulthood. Fahy A, Stansfeld S, Smuk M, Lain D, van der Horst M, Vickerstaff S, Clark C. Social Science and Medicine, 2017 April 14,183, 80-87.
  • An Olympic Legacy? Does the urban regeneration associated with the London 2012 Olympic Games impact on adolescent mental health?Clark C, Smuk M, Cummins S, Eldridge S, Fahy A, Lewis D, Moore D, Smith N, Taylor SJC, Stansfeld SA. American Journal of Epidemiology, Accepted January 2017.
  • Violent injury predicts poor psychological outcomes after traumatic injury in a hard-to-reach population: an observational cohort study. Rahtz E, Bhui K, Smuk M, Hutchison I, Korszun A, BMJ Open. January 2017.
  • Childhood adversity and midlife suicidal ideation Psychological Medicine. Stansfeld S, Clark C, Smuk M, Power C, Davidson T, Bryan R. Journal of Psychological Medicine. January 2017 47(2), 327–340
  • Cyberbullying and adolescent mental health. Fahy A, Stansfeld S, Smuk M, Smith N, Cummins S, Clark C. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2016 November, 59(5), 502-509.
  • BASH: badmouthing, attitudes and stigmatisation in healthcare as experienced by medical students. Ajaz A, David R, Brown D, Smuk M, Korszun A, BJPsych Bulletin 2016.
  • The influence of social support on ethnic differences in well-being and depression in adolescents: findings from the prospective Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study. Smith N, Clark C, Smuk M, Cummins S, Stansfeld S, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2015 24:50.
  • Work Packages on vehicle noise annoyance; noise complaints; and noise sensitivity. Governmental report (DEFRA). Clark C, Smuk M, Stansfeld S, Notley H, Van de Kerckhove R. NNAS report 2012, SONA report 2015.
  • Pilot study of a cluster randomised trial of a guided e-learning health promotion intervention for managers based on management standards for the improvement of employee well-being and reduction of sickness absence: GEM Study. Stansfeld S, Kerry S, Chandola T, Russell J, Hounsome N, Lanz D, Costelloe C, Smuk M, Bhui K, BMJ Open, 2015; 26(5).
  • Stressors and Common Mental Disorder in Informal Carers - an analysis of the English Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007 Social Science & Medicine, Stansfeld S, Smuk M, Onwumere J, Clark C, Pike C, McManus S , Harris J, Social Science & Medicine, 2014.
  • Bed sharing when parents do not smoke: is there a risk of SIDS? An individual level analysis of five major case-control studies. Carpenter R, McGarvey C, Mitchell EA, Tappin DM, Vennemann MM, Smuk M, Carpenter JR, BMJ Open, 2013; 3(5).