Dr Kara Stevens

Dr Kara Stevens

Research Fellow in Medical Statistics

Medical Statistics


I am a statistician within the Medical Statistics group. Part of my role consists of the planning and analysis of clinical trials, statistical consultancy, as well as assisting on courses for undergraduate and postgraduate medical students.



PhD Statistics - Bristol University (2013) 

MRes Statistics (Distinction) - Bristol University (2008)

MSc Statistics with Applications in Medicine (Distinction) - University of Southampton (2006)

BSc (Hons.) Mathematics and Statistics (1st Class) - University of Plymouth (2005)


2016 - present     Research Fellow, Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry.

2015 - 2016         Research Fellow, School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln.

2013 - 2015         Heilbronn Research Fellow, School of Mathematics, University of Bristol.

2006 - 2007         Research Assistant, Epidemiology and Public Health, Medical School, University of Exeter.

Research interests

I am currently working on developing feasibility and pilot studies, and clustered randomised controlled trials.

Other research

My previous research has included

  • Time series analysis - in particular locally stationary wavelet processes.
  • Chronic ageing diseases - using longitudinal studies to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms associated type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
  • Animal behaviour - identifying environmental and behavioural characteristics associated with aggression in pigs.

Key publications are highlighted

Jones BG, Stevens K & Chynoweth J 2017 'Epistaxis 2016: national audit of management' Journal of Laryngology and Otology 131, 1131-1141 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Stevens KN, Asher L, Griffin K, Friel M, O'Connell N & Collins LM 2017 'A comparison of inferential analysis methods for multilevel studies: Implications for drawing conclusions in animal welfare science' Applied Animal Behaviour Science 197, 101-111 , DOI PEARL
Nason G & Stevens K 2015 'Bayesian Wavelet Shrinkage of the Haar-Fisz Transformed Wavelet Periodogram' PLOS ONE 10, (9) e0137662-e0137662 , DOI PEARL
Parahyba MI, Stevens K, Henley W, Lang IA & Melzer D 2009 'Reductions in Disability Prevalence Among the Highest Income Groups of Older Brazilians' American Journal of Public Health 99, (1) 81-86 , DOI
Melzer D, Perry JRB, Hernandez D, Corsi A-M, Stevens K, Rafferty I, Lauretani F, Murray A, Gibbs JR 2008 'A Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Protein Quantitative Trait Loci (pQTLs)' PLoS Genetics 4, (5) e1000072-e1000072 , DOI PEARL
Stevens KN, Lang IA, Guralnik JM & Melzer D 2008 'Epidemiology of balance and dizziness in a national population: findings from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing' Age and Ageing 37, (3) 300-305 , DOI
Frayling T, Hurst A, Murray A & Melzer D 2007 'A common variant of the interleukin 6 receptor (IL-6r) gene increases IL-6r and IL-6 levels, without other inflammatory effects' Genes and Immunity 8, (7) 552-559 , DOI
Rafiq S, Stevens K, Hurst AJ, Murray A, Henley W, Weedon MN, Bandinelli S, Corsi AM, Guralnik JM 2007 'Common genetic variation in the gene encoding interleukin-1-receptor antagonist (IL-1RA) is associated with altered circulating IL-1RA levels' Genes & Immunity 8, (4) 344-351 , DOI
Gunn HJ, Andrade J, Paul L, Miller L, Creanor S, Stevens K, Green C, Ewings P, barton A Gunn HJ, Andrade J, Paul L, Miller L, Creanor S, Stevens K, Green C, Ewings P, barton A 0 'Balance Right in Multiple Sclerosis (BRiMS): Preliminary results of a randomised controlled feasibility trial' 0 0 PEARL