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Dr Simon R. White's Academic Homepage

Contact Details

My current position is split across two departments at the University of Cambridge:

Department of Psychiatry

Address Brain Mapping Unit
Department of Psychiatry
University of Cambridge
Sir William Hardy Building
Downing Street
Cambridge, CB2 3EB, UK

MRC Biostatistics Unit

Telephone (Direct)+44 (0) 1223 767 408
Address MRC Biostatistics Unit
University of Cambridge
Cambridge Institute of Public Health
University Forvie Site, Robinson Way
Cambridge, CB2 0SR, UK
WebMRC Biostatistics Webpage


Email (Personal)simon.white@3-14.co.uk

Links to talks and shared materials

The slides for various talks are available on my public github repository. There are also materials associated with various outreach activities.

Brief Biography

I am a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge and the MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge, working with Prof. Ed Bullmore on statistical aspects of development, psychiatry and neuroimaging.

I completed my PhD in statistics at the University of Nottingham's School of Mathematical Sciences, supervised by Professor Philip O'Neill (2005-2009). My research considered parameter inference using Markov Chain Monte Carlo for the SIR stochastic epidemic model conditioned on the final outcome of the epidemic.

I held a Career Development Fellowship at the MRC Biostatistics Unit (2010-2012) working with Professor Sheila Bird on a variety of public health issues concerning people who inject drugs.

In 2012 I became a Senior Investigator Statistician at the MRC Biostatistics Unit (2012-2019) working on statistical epidemiology in the context of ageing and cognition.

Outside of research my current activities/roles/etc:

Research Interests

I am interested in a wide variety of statistical methods and applications, specifically Bayesian statistics and associated methods applied to longitudinal data.

In brief, they include:

Lecturing, courses and training

Stats Support and Collaboration

As part of my role within the Department of Psychiatry I provide statistical support to postgraduate students and statistical advice/collaboration to/with research groups across the department. Drop me an email to arrange a meeting.

Outreach and public engagement

As a STEM Ambassador and Stats Ambassador for the Royal Statistical Society I have done various public engagement activities.

As part of the Royal Statistical Society's Education and Statistical Literacy Committe I have worked to develop the RSS Hands-on activities. These are a set of statistics focused STEM outreach activities.