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Dr Aviva Petrie
Biostatistics Unit, UCL Eastman Dental Institute
256 Grays Inn Road
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  • Honorary Associate Professor
  • Eastman Dental Institute
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

 Aviva Petrie obtained a BSc (1st Class Hons) in Statistics from University College London in 1969 and an MSc in Medical Statistics from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine  (LSHTM) in 1970. She was appointed Lecturer in Medical Statistics at the LSHTM and Honorary Lecturer at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in 1970. These roles were reversed in 1975. In 1976 she took a sabbatical and was a visiting Professor in the Statistics Department at Stanford University in California. She left full-time employment in 1979 to start a family, but retained the honorary lectureship at the LSHTM and became a self-employed statistical consultant. She has continued in these capacities to this day. She joined the Eastman Dental Institute as a part-time Senior Lecturer in 1991 and became Head of the Biostatistics Unit there in 2002. Additional appointments include positions as a part-time Senior Lecturer at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School (1990-91) and at the Royal Veterinary College (1996-2009). She became a Chartered Statistician in 1993 a Chartered Scientist in 2009. She was elected a Member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2001 and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2004.  She has published over 125 peer reviewed papers and written 8 books on statistics in the fields of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, with 2 further books in press. 

Research Summary

Aviva Petrie collaborates extensively with her academic colleagues and graduate students in many areas of both clinical and laboratory-based dental research. Principal amongst these are paediatric dentistry, periodontology and orthodontics but also included are bacteriology, biomaterials, conservative  dentistry, endodontology, oral and maxillofacial surgery and prosthetic dentistry. Other contributions at UCL but outside the Eastman Dental Institute include research collaborations in the fields of neurology and orthopaedics, as well as for Amyloid disease. 

Teaching Summary

Aviva Petrie has developed a Biostatistics course (Essential Statistics), including instruction in the statistical software package SPSS, which she teaches to all the postgraduates at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute as part of the Clinical Science and Research Methods Common Teaching module, and she is course leader  for the Clinical Research Methods component of this module. She has written two e-learning Moodle courses, one mirroring the tutor-led Essential Statistics course for the Eastman postgraduates, and the stand-alone e-learning Basic Statistics for Research course which is one of the UCL Generalized Skills Training Courses. She provides statistical guidance to the Eastman postgraduates for their research projects and supervises MSc and PhD students. Teaching activity outside UCL includes that as an Honorary Lecturer in the Medical Statistics Unit of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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