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Duffy - Statistician - Coleraine, Northern Ireland, UK

Maresa Duffy

Coleraine, Northern Ireland, UK



Work History

Research Associate

From March 2012

Collaborators/Commissioned: Food4Me: Personalised Nutrition

Duties: Design/administration of questionnaire to European sample of N=8000; Reliability of questionnaire; inter rater reliability analysis; Conduct inferential statistics of pilot study; Publication of peer review articles; Attendance of meetings/statistical workshops and plenary meetings; Data cleaning and exploratory analysis; Normality testing; Path-analysis and cluster analysis; Organising telecom conference meetings with European collaborators.

Nutrition Society, Hammersmith London

Nutritional and Lifestyle Epidemiology

From August 2012

statistics (9th edition). Evidence in Nutritional research, Wageningen University, 2009.
• Research statistics and summer School, University of Ulster, Magee Campus 20-31st August, 2012.
• Statistics work shop (Nutrition Society, Hammersmith London , Sept, 2012)

Supervisor of 3 PhD students in relation to their statistical analysis


From September 2011

Research Associate

November 2010 - February 2012

Collaborators/Commissioned: EURRECA (EURopean micronutrient RECommendations Aligned).

Duties: Conduct Systematic review and meta- analysis investigating folic acid intake and health outcomes (i.e. cancer, cognition and CVD); Presenting findings at meetings; Completion of project report/progress; Extensive use of endnote regarding publication references; Training junior members regarding data extraction; Producing forest plots using the statistical package STATA and SPSS; publication of papers.

Part-time E-tutor


September 2010 - January 2013

Teach distance learners Msc 'Research Design and Statistics'.
Academic supervisor for students thesis.

Research Associate in Food and Health

University of Ulster

From November 2009

Centre for Food and Health (NICHE).

Research Associate

November 2009 - September 2010

Collaborators/Commissioned: Centre for Health and Diet Research (HRB).

Duties: Extensive secondary analysis of existing survey data; Build and amalgamate existing data bases; Conduct descriptive, inferential, multivariate and multi layered analyses. Report findings: Production of peer reviewed publications. Work as a member of the project team in the preparation of annual and final reports to the funding body (HRB). Delivery of power point presentations regarding project findings and progress. Liaise with project collaborators.


January 2009 - June 2009

Supervision of six under-grad nutrition projects and one MSc nutrition project.

Assist students


September 2009 - May 2010

with statistical advice regarding final year projects.

Research Fellow and Nutrition Lecturer


March 2008 - October 2009

Duties: Production of literature review entitled 'The nutritional needs of older people in the community': Design and production of online survey using Bristol Survey technique; Distribution of survey to representative Scottish sample (N=3000); Conducting, transcription and coding of telephone interviews (No: 56) to develop case studies. Organising and chairing seminars with health professionals across Scotland; Training older people to conduct qualitative research; Delivery of training on the nutritional needs of older people to care home and home care workers; Attending conferences to present research; Attending Scottish Government, Advisory Group meetings to report project progress; Tutoring long distance learners on the module 'Introduction to Nutrition'; Submission of monthly inception and progress reports to Scottish Government.

Research Fellow within COPA

Center for older Peoples agenda

March 2008 - September 2008

Assisted in the development and dissemination of a 'Nutrition in later Life' module via WebCT to care workers and school leavers.


September 2007 - December 2007

Lecturing (P/T) in 'Research Design and Statistics' Design' to MSc Students. Compilation and assessment of course work portfolio: Involvement in the supervision of two MSc projects.


November 2007 - December 2008

Lecturing in Psychology 'Individual Differences' to undergrad students (i.e. 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students).

Oct 07 to Dec07 QMU: Co-coordinating the PhD training programme within the Centre for Academic Practice (CAP).

Jan 08 to April 08 QMU: Lecturing 'Human Nutrition' to Undergrad students. Compiling and grading examinations.

Research Fellow in Nutrition


March 2006 - October 2009

Research Fellow


March 2006 - March 2008

Commissioned: Sugar Bureau

Implementation of a long-term randomised intervention investigating the effects of carbohydrate upon dietary behaviour, intake and mood in overweight females (N=100). Duties: Recruitment; screening; implementation of trial; budget control; high quality data collection; dietary assessment/analysis; consultation with volunteers in relation to dietary feedback and advice; presentation of research at conferences; dissemination of data; interpretation of findings and write up of paper; significant participation in the submission of outline grant proposals; reviewer of papers; assistance in the write up of nutrition articles for peer review journals; submission of interim and annual reports to funding body.

Experience of Statistical Analyses:
• Structural Equation modelling
• Experimental design
• Systematic review and meta-analysis
• Screening and exploratory analyses
• Selection and application of appropriate analysis methods
• Interpretation and presentation of analyses/modelling results
• Descriptive statistics
• Data graphs, plots, and exploratory data analysis
• Multiple linear regression analysis
• Logistic regression
• Analysis of variance and covariance
• Reliability/survival analysis
• Nonparametric analysis
Statistical Courses Attended;


January 2006 - February 2006

Extraction of literature for review of "Specificity of PET scans in cancer detection and treatment outcome"

Teaching Experience and Mentoring Students

Research Assistant

July 2005 - September 2005

Effect of zinc supplementation upon dietary intake.

Loreto Grammar School

October 2004 - December 2004

Teaching Biology to G.C.S.E level and monitoring A level classes.

Student Support Worker

January 2004 - May 2005

Tutoring dyslexic students and monitoring academic progress.


September 2004 - December 2005

Lecturing (P/T) 'Research Design and Statistics' to final year undergraduate Psychology Students.

Research Assistant

August 2003 - October 2003

Effect of zinc supplementation upon cognitive performance.

Assisting students

UUC. Laboratory Demonstrator in "Biochemistry"

September 2002 - December 2005

Research Design and Statistics" (including weekly tutorials) and "Food Science" modules. Duties included: Assisting students during practical classes. Marking and grading papers according to syllabus criteria.

University of Ulster

January 2001 - January 2005

Qualifications & Certifications

University of Ulster at Coleraine

Biomedical Sciences

University of Ulster at Coleraine

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