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Biography

As a Statistician with the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, I have a strong interest in modifiable factors that effect the health and well-being of women.

Specific statistical interests include methodological issues associated with longitudinal data analysis, missing data and problems of temporary or permanent attrition.

Qualifications

  • Master of Medical Statistics, University of Newcastle, 19/07/2000
  • Associate Diploma in Applied Science, Northern Territory University, 10/05/1991
  • Bachelor of Science, Monash University, 02/05/1969

Research

Research keywords

  • alcohol
  • epidemiology
  • statistics
  • women's health

Research expertise

Substantial statistical analysis of longitudinal data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) e.g longitudinal relationship of alcohol intake and health;

Investigation of other methodological issues such as ways of handling missing data;

Validation of scales used in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Womens Health;

Assessment of representativeness and attrition in the cohorts of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Womens Health;

Assessment of the effectiveness of linkage with the National Death Index.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110399Clinical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified50
111799Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified30
149999Economics Not Elsewhere Classified20

Collaboration

Jennifer Powers works within the PRC for Gender, Health and Ageing and collaborates with researchers at the University of Newcastle, the University of Queensland and the University of New South Wales.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • biostatistics

Teaching expertise

lectured biostatistics at the master of public health level

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2003Powers JR, Young AF, Russell A, Pachana NA, 'Implications of non-response of older women to a short form of the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale', International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 57 37-54 (2003) [C1]
2004Young AF, Russell A, Powers JR, 'The sense of belonging to a neighbourhood: can it be measured and is it related to health and well being in older women?', Social Science and Medicine, 59 2627-2637 (2004) [C1]
2005Powers JR, Mishra G, Young AF, 'Differences in mail and telephone responses to self-rated health: use of multiple imputation in correcting for response bias', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29 149-154 (2005) [C1]
2006Young AF, Powers JR, Bell SL, 'Attrition in longitudinal studies: who do you lose?', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 30 353-361 (2006) [C1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Young AF, Powers JR, Australian Women and Alcohol Consumption: 1996-2003, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, 76 (2005) [A2]

Co-authors: ANNE YOUNG

Journal article (45 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Hure AJ, Chojenta CL, Powers JR, Byles JE, Loxton D, 'Validity and Reliability of Stillbirth Data Using Linked Self-Reported and Administrative Datasets', JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY, 25 30-37 (2015)
2015Powers JR, Anderson AE, Byles JE, Mishra G, Loxton DJ, 'Do women grow out of risky drinking? A prospective study of three cohorts of Australian women', Drug and Alcohol Review, (2015)
2014Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Forder PM, Powers J, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Risky drinking patterns are being continued into pregnancy: a prospective cohort study.', PLoS One, 9 e86171 (2014) [C1]
2014Mishra GD, Hockey R, Powers J, Loxton D, Tooth L, Rowlands I, et al., 'Recruitment via the internet and social networking sites: The 1989-1995 cohort of the Australian longitudinal study on women's health', Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16 (2014) [C1]
2013Powers JR, McDermott LJ, Loxton DJ, Chojenta CL, 'A Prospective Study of Prevalence and Predictors of Concurrent Alcohol and Tobacco Use During Pregnancy', MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH JOURNAL, 17 76-84 (2013) [C1]
2013Hure AJ, Powers JR, Chojenta CL, Byles JE, Loxton D, 'Poor Adherence to National and International Breastfeeding Duration Targets in an Australian Longitudinal Cohort', PLOS ONE, 8 (2013) [C1]
2013Powers JR, Loxton DJ, O'Mara AT, Chojenta CL, Ebert L, 'Regardless of where they give birth, women living in non-metropolitan areas are less likely to have an epidural than their metropolitan counterparts', WOMEN AND BIRTH, 26 E77-E81 (2013) [C1]
2013Loxton D, Chojenta C, Anderson AE, Powers JR, Shakeshaft A, Burns L, 'Acquisition and Utilization of Information About Alcohol Use in Pregnancy Among Australian Pregnant Women and Service Providers', Journal of Midwifery & Women┬┐s Health, 58 523-530 (2013) [C1]
2013Loxton D, Powers J, Fitzgerald D, Forder P, Anderson A, Taft A, Hegarty K, 'The Community Composite Abuse Scale: Reliability and Validity of a Measure of Intimate Partner Violence in a Community Survey from the ALSWH', Journal of Women's Health, Issues & Care, 2 (2013) [C1]
2013Schofield MJ, Powers JR, Loxton D, 'Mortality and Disability Outcomes of Self-Reported Elder Abuse: A 12-Year Prospective Investigation', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61 679-685 (2013) [C1]
2013Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Forder P, Powers JR, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Predictors of antenatal alcohol use among Australian women: A prospective cohort study', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 120 1366-1374 (2013) [C1]
2012Powers JR, Loxton DJ, Baker J, Rich JL, Dobson AJ, 'Empirical evidence suggests adverse climate events have not affected Australian women's health and well-being', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 36 452-457 (2012) [C1]
2012Hure AJ, Powers JR, Mishra GD, Herbert DL, Byles JE, Loxton DJ, 'Miscarriage, preterm delivery, and stillbirth: Large variations in rates within a cohort of Australian women', PLOS One, 7 1-8 (2012) [C1]
2012Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Powers JR, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Determinants of pregnant women's compliance with alcohol guidelines: A prospective cohort study', BMC Public Health, 12 1-10 (2012) [C1]
2011Burns L, Black E, Powers JR, Loxton DJ, Elliott E, Shakeshaft A, Dunlop AJ, 'Geographic and maternal characteristics associated with alcohol use in pregnancy', Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 35 1-8 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: DEBORAH LOXTON

2011Mackerras D, Powers JR, Boorman J, Loxton DJ, Giles GG, 'Estimating the impact of mandatory fortification of bread with iodine on pregnant and post-partum women', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 65 1118-1122 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: DEBORAH LOXTON

2010Powers JR, Loxton DJ, 'The impact of attrition in an 11-Year prospective longitudinal study of younger women', Annals of Epidemiology, 20 318-321 (2010) [C1]
2010Lucke JC, Brown W, Tooth L, Loxton DJ, Byles JE, Spallek M, et al., 'Health across generations: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', Biological Research for Nursing, 12 162-170 (2010) [C1]
2010Powers JR, Loxton DJ, Burns LA, Shakeshaft A, Elliott EJ, Dunlop AJ, 'Assessing pregnant women's compliance with different alcohol guidelines: An 11-year prospective study', Medical Journal of Australia, 192 690-693 (2010) [C1]

Co-authors: DEBORAH LOXTON

2009Loxton DJ, Powers JR, Schofield M, Hussain R, Hosking SJ, 'Inadequate cervical cancer screening among mid-aged Australian women who have experienced partner violence', Preventive Medicine, 48 184-188 (2009) [C1]
2009Allan RC, Sayers S, Powers JR, Singh G, 'The development and evaluation of a simple method of gestational age estimation', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 45 15-19 (2009) [C1]
2008Furuya H, Young AF, Powers JR, Byles JE, 'Alcohol consumption and physical health-related quality of life in elder women using the transformation of SF-36 to account for death', Japanese Journal of Alcohol Studies & Drug Dependence, 43 97-109 (2008) [C1]

Co-authors: ANNE YOUNG, JULIE BYLES

2008Powers JR, Young AF, 'Longitudinal analysis of alcohol consumption and health of middle-aged women in Australia', Addiction, 103 424-432 (2008) [C1]
2007Baines SK, Powers JR, Brown WJ, 'How does the health and well-being of young Australian vegetarian and semi-vegetarian women compare with non-vegetarians?', Public Health Nutrition, 10 436-442 (2007) [C1]
2007Young AF, Powers JR, Wheway VL, 'Working with longitudinal data: Attrition and retention, data quality, measures of change and other analytical issues', International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 1 175-187 (2007) [C1]

Co-authors: ANNE YOUNG

2007Helman J, Loxton DJ, Adamson LR, Graves AM, Powers JR, 'Conducting substudies in a longitudinal research project', International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 1 187-198 (2007) [C1]

Co-authors: DEBORAH LOXTON

2007Clemens SL, Matthews SL, Young AF, Powers JR, 'Alcohol consumption of Australian women: Results from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', Drug and Alcohol Review, 26 525-535 (2007) [C1]
2006Young AF, Powers JR, Bell SL, 'Attrition in longitudinal studies: who do you lose?', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 30 353-361 (2006) [C1]
2006Byles JE, Powers JR, Chojenta CL, Warner-Smith PA, 'Older women in Australia: ageing in urban, rural and remote environments', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 25 151-157 (2006) [C1]
2005Powers JR, Mishra G, Young AF, 'Differences in mail and telephone responses to self-rated health: use of multiple imputation in correcting for response bias', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29 149-154 (2005) [C1]
2004France CA, Lee CE, Powers JR, 'Correlates of depressive symptoms in a representative sample of young Australian women', Australian Psychologist, 39 228-237 (2004) [C1]
2004Young AF, Russell A, Powers JR, 'The sense of belonging to a neighbourhood: can it be measured and is it related to health and well being in older women?', Social Science and Medicine, 59 2627-2637 (2004) [C1]
2004Powers JR, Goodger BG, Byles JE, 'Assessment of the abbreviated Duke Social Support Index in a cohort of older Australian women', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 23 71-76 (2004) [C1]
2003Powers JR, Young AF, Russell A, Pachana NA, 'Implications of non-response of older women to a short form of the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale', International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 57 37-54 (2003) [C1]
2003Powers JR, Young AF, 'Beware mixing mail and telephone administration of surveys', Australasian Epidemiologist, 10 41-44 (2003) [C2]

Co-authors: ANNE YOUNG

2002Patterson AJ, Young AF, Powers JR, Brown W, Byles J, 'Relationships between nutrition screening checklists and the health and well-being of older Australian women', Public Health Nutrition, 5(1) 65-71 (2002) [C1]
2002Feldman S, Byles J, Mishra GD, Powers JR, 'The health and social needs of recently widowed older women in Australia', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 21(3) 135-140 (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: JULIE BYLES

2002Lee CE, Powers JR, 'Number of Social Roles, Health, and Well-being in Three Generations of Australian Women', International Journal of Behavioural Medicine, 9 195-215 (2002) [C1]
2002Schofield M, Reynolds R, Mishra G, Powers JR, Dobson A, 'Screening for Vulnerability to Abuse among Older Women: Women's Health Australia Study', The Journal of Applied Gerontology, 21(1) 24-39 (2002) [C1]
2001Brown P, Brown W, Powers JR, 'Time pressure, satisfaction with leisure and health among Australian women', Annals of Leisure Research, 4 1-18 (2001) [C1]
2000McFadden M, Powers JR, Brown WJ, Walker M, 'Vehicle And Driver Attributes Affecting Distance From The Steering Wheel In Motor Vehicles', HUMAN FACTORS, 42(4) 676-682 (2000) [C1]
2000Patterson AJ, Brown W, Powers J, Roberts DC, 'Iron deficiency, general health and fatigue: results from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', Quality of Life Research, 9 491-497 (2000) [C1]

Co-authors: AMANDA PATTERSON

2000Powers JR, Ball JI, Adamson LR, Dobson A, 'EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NATIONAL DEATH INDEX FOR ESTABLISHING THE VITAL STATISTICS OF OLDER WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN LONGITUDINAL STUDY ON WOMEN'S HEALTH', THE AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 24 526-528 (2000) [C1]
1999Dobson AJ, Brown WJ, Ball JI, Powers JR, McFadden M, 'Women Drivers' Behaviour, Socio-Demographic Characteristics And Accidents', ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION, 31 525-535 (1999) [C1]
1998Brown WJ, Ball K, Powers JR, 'Is life a party for young women?', ACHPER HEALTHY LIFESTYLES JOURNAL, 45(3) 21-26 (1998) [C1]
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Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Anderson AE, Loxton DJ, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Powers JR, 'Compliance with alcohol guidelines for pregnant women: Using data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', Journal of Women's Health, Washington, DC (2012) [E3]
2011Byles JE, Dolja-Gore X, Powers JR, Loxton DJ, Dobson A, 'Pap tests and mammograms: Are there urban/rural differences in take-up in women?', Posters - Abstracts. 11th National Rural Health Conference, Perth, WA (2011) [E3]
2009Powers JR, Loxton DJ, 'Does wave non-response affect the results in longitudinal studies?', Australasian Epidemiologist, Dunedin, NZ (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: DEBORAH LOXTON

Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Dobson A, Byles JE, Brown W, Mishra G, Loxton DJ, Hockey R, et al., 'Adherence to health guidelines: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, 90 (2012) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants6
Total funding$165,308

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2011 (1 grants)

The mental health of women who binge drink$34,550
Funding Body: NSW Health

Project Team
Ms Jennifer Powers, Associate Professor Deb Loxton
SchemeRole
Drug and Alcohol Council Research Grants ProgramChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$34,55020112011
GNo:G1000947

2009 (1 grants)

Australasian Epidemiological Association Scientific Meeting, Dunedin, New Zealand, 30 August - 1 September 2009$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Ms Jennifer Powers
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020092009
GNo:G0190433

2008 (1 grants)

Iodine-related food intake among pregnant, breastfeeding and other women$6,813
Funding Body: Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Project Team
Ms Jennifer Powers
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,81320082008
GNo:G0189008

2007 (1 grants)

Alcohol use in pregnancy$49,854
Funding Body: NSW Health

Project Team
Dr Lucy Burns, Ms Jennifer Powers
SchemeRole
Drug and Alcohol Council Research Grants ProgramChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$49,85420072007
GNo:G0188302

2006 (1 grants)

Analysis of the role of alcohol consumption in poor mental health among middle aged women in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health 1996-2004$30,091
Funding Body: Australian Brewers Foundation

Project Team
Associate Professor Anne Young, Ms Jennifer Powers
SchemeRole
Alcohol-related Medical Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,09120062006
GNo:G0185559

2005 (1 grants)

Data provision for the Women's Data Warehouse $42,500
Funding Body: Department of Family and Community Services

Project Team
Associate Professor Deb Loxton, Ms Jennifer Powers, Associate Professor Anne Young
SchemeRole
Consultancy/TenderInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$42,50020052005
GNo:G0185597
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.

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Ms Jennifer Powers

Work Phone(02) 40420677
Email
PositionStatistician
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
W4115,
HMRI,
Other
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/jenny-powers