Mona is a senior lecturer in Applied Health Research (Statistics) and is currently serving as the post-graduate admissions tutor. Mona is also the programme leader for the Postgraduate certificate in Health Research and Statistics.
Mona has worked on statistical modelling of childhood infectious diseases, analysis of randomised controlled trials in the health and social sciences including cluster randomised trials and stepped wedge trials, and spatial statistics. She has published in health and social sciences and statistical journals.
Mona has been involved in the analysis of datasets from both the UK and internationally (Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Africa) with applications ranging from maternity outcomes to MMR vaccines, tobacco control, reablement and criminal justice data. Mona also serves on a number of data monitoring committees and has served on an NIHR regional funding committee. She is an assistant editor of Ethnicity and Health.
Mona trained initially as a mathematician at the American University, Beirut supported by a Hariri Foundation Scholarship. She then moved on to study mathematical statistics at the University of Cambridge supported by the Karim Rida Said Foundation. Mona then completed her PhD studies in spatial statistics at the Open University supported by an Open University studentship and an Overseas Research Studentship Award. This was followed by a post-doctoral post at the Open University working with Professor Paddy Farrington on parameter estimation for infectious diseases. Mona then took an assistant professor in biostatistics position at the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut before joining the University of York.
Mona's research interests include health statistics in general with particular focus on randomised trials, cluster randomised trials, stepped wedge design, spatial statistics and statistical methods for the analysis of infectious diseases especifically measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
Mona’s work includes trials on control of tobacco use, improving communication skills among doctors, and awareness of patient safety for doctors in training, empowerment of pregnant women, and breathing techniques for lung cancer patients.
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