DR Carolyn Nickson

DR Carolyn Nickson


  • Cancer Screening, Reproductive Health



  • Dr Carolyn Nickson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She is a cancer epidemiologist with a background in mathematics, recognised for her expertise in cancer screening evaluation and her novel and multidisciplinary approaches to solving problems in this domain. Dr Nickson holds a joint position as Senior Research Fellow at the Cancer Council NSW, where she leads the 'Pathways – Breast' program. Her current projects include: - Health economic modelling of breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment across Australia - AutoDensity software to routinely measure mammographic density from screening mammograms (in collaboration with the CSIRO) - Clinical evaluations of digital breast tomosynthesis (in collaboration with Maroondah BreastScreen) - Detailed evaluation of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment practices in Victoria (in collaboration with the Royal Women’s Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital) - The national ‘lifepool’ cohort as well as various projects evaluating the performance of breast cancer screening. She is particularly enthusiastic about multidisciplinary research, working closely with clinicians and scientists to combine skills, ideas and knowledge to generate pertinent research outcomes that make a real difference to policy and practice.    


Member of

  • Australasian Epidemiological Association. Member 2004 -
  • Public Health Association of Australasia. Member 2004 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2008
  • GradDip (EpiBiostat), University of Melbourne 2001
  • BA, La Trobe University 1999



Available for supervision

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