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.