Stephanie Dixon, PhD, MSc

S. Dixon Adjunct Assistant Professor
Program Manager
P: 519.685.8500 x55979
F: 519.685.8072


Research Cluster Membership

Research Interests

  • Biostatistics
  • Cluster Randomization Trials Epidemiology
  • Survival Analysis
  • Health Services Research
  • Statistical methods for correlated observations
  • Population-Based Research
  • Kidney Disease
  • Clinical Trials


  • Post-Doctorate in Biostatistics, Western University with Dr. Allan Donner (2009-2011)
  • PhD, Statistics, University of Guelph with Dr. Gerarda A. Darlington (2004-2009)
  • MSc, Statistics, University of Guelph with Dr. Gerarda A. Darlington and Dr. Julie Horrocks
  • Honours BSc,  Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University

Refereed Publications (accepted or published)

  • Chau, EM; Manns, BJ; Garg, AX; Sood, MM; Kim, SJ; Naimark, D; Nesrallah, GE; Soroka, SD; Beaulieu, M; Dixon, S; Alam, A; (2016) Knowledge Translation Interventions to Improve the Timing of Dialysis Initiation Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Trial. Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease, 3, p. 2054358116665257.
  • Qirjazi, E; McArthur, E; Nash, DM; Dixon, SN; Weir, MA; Vasudev, A; Jandoc, R; Gula, LJ; Oliver, MJ; Wald, R; Garg, AX;  (2016) Risk of Ventricular Arrhythmia with Citalopram and Escitalopram: A Population-Based Study. PloS one 11 (8), e0160768
  • Oliver, MJ; Al-Jaishi, AA;  Dixon, SN ; Perl, J; Jain, AK ; Lavoie, SD; Nash, DM;  Paterson, JM; Lok, CE; Quinn, RR; (2016) Hospitalization rates for patients on assisted peritoneal dialysis compared with in-center hemodialysis. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, CJN. 10130915
  • Trac, MH; McArthur, E; Jandoc, R; Dixon, SN; Nash, DM; Hackam, DG;  Garg, AX; (2016) Macrolide antibiotics and the risk of ventricular arrhythmia in older adults. Canadian Medical Association Journal 188 (7), E120-E129
  • Young, A; Dixon, SN; Knoll, GA ; Garg, AX ; Lok, CE; Lam, NN; Kim, SJ; (2016) The Canadian experience using the expanded criteria donor classification for allocating deceased donor kidneys for transplantation. Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease 3 (1), 1
  • Li, DQ; Kim, RB; McArthur, E; Fleet, JL; Hegele, RA; Shah, BR; Weir, MA;  Molnar, AO; Dixon, SN; Tu, JV; Anand, S; Garg, AX; (2016) Statin Safety in Chinese: A Population-Based Study of Older Adults. PloS one 11 (3), e0150990
  • Clemens, KK ; McArthur, E ; Dixon, SN; Fleet, JL; Hramiak, I; Garg , AX; (2015) The hypoglycemic risk of glyburide (glibenclamide) compared with modified-release gliclazide. Canadian Journal of Diabetes 39, 32-40
  • Welk, B; McArthur, E; Fraser, LA; Hayward, J; Dixon, SN; Hwang, YJ ; Ordon , M; (2016) The risk of fall and fracture with the initiation of a prostate-selective α antagonist: a population based cohort study. British Medical Journal Publishing Group 351, h5398
  • Weir, MA; Fleet, JL; Dixon, SN; Jain, AK; Oliver, M; Wald, R; McIntyre C.; Garg, AX. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor dialyzability and outcomes in older patients receiving hemodialysis. June 2015: Blood Purification [Accepted]
  • Li, DQ; Kim, R; McArthur, E; Fleet, JL; Bailey, DG; Juurlink, D; Shariff, SZ; Gomes, T; Mamdani, M; Gandhi, S; Dixon, SN, Garg, AX; (2015) Risk of adverse events among older adults following co-prescription of clarithromycin and statins not metabolized by cytochrome P450 3A4. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 187(3):174-180.
  • Fraser, LA; Liu, K; Naylor, KL; Hwang, YJ; Dixon, SN; Shariff, SZ; Garg, AX; (2015) Falls and fractures with atypical antipsychotic medication use: a population-based cohort study. JAMA Internal Medicine. 175(3):450-452.
  • Clemens, KK; McArthur, E; Dixon, SN; Fleet, JL; Hramiak,I; Garg, AX; (2015) The Hypoglycemic Risk of Glyburide (Glibenclamide) Compared with Modified-Release Gliclazide. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 39(4):308-316.
  • Rutterford, C; Taljaard, M; Dixon, S; Copas, A; Eldridge, S; (2015) Reporting and methodological quality of sample size calculations in cluster randomized trials could be improved: a review. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 68 (6):716-723.
  • Weir, MA; Dixon, SN; Fleet, JL; Roberts, MA; Hackam, DG; Oliver, MJ; Suri, RS; Quinn, RR; Ozair, S; Beyea, MM;  (2015) B-blocker dialyzability and mortality in older patients receiving hemodialysis. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 26(4):987-96.
  • Dev, V; Dixon, SN; Fleet, JL; Gandhi, S; Gomes, T; Harel, Ziv; Jain, AK; Shariff, SZ; Tawadrous, D; Weir, MA; (2014) Higher anti-depressant dose and major adverse outcomes in moderate chronic kidney disease: a retrospective population-based study. BMC Nephrology. 15(1):79.
  • Harel, Z; Bell, CM; Dixon, SN; McArthur, E; James, MT; Garg, AX; Harel, S; Silver, S; Wald, R; (2014) Predictors of progression to chronic dialysis in survivors of severe acute kidney injury: a competing risk study. BMC Nephrology. 15(1):114.
  • Tawadrous, D; Dixon, S; Shariff, SZ; Fleet, J; Gandhi, S; Jain, AK; Weir, MA; Gomes, T; Garg, AX; (2014) Altered mental status in older adults with histamine2-receptor antagonists: A population-based study. European Journal of Internal Medicine. 25(8):701-709.
  • Li, AH; Dixon, S; Prakash, V; Kim, SJ; Knoll, GA; Lam, NN; Garg, AX; (2014) Physician Registration for Deceased Organ Donation. JAMA. 312(3):291-293.
  • Li, AH; Dixon, S; Prakash, V; Kim, S; Knoll, G; Lam, N; Garg, A; (2014) Physician Registration for Deceased Organ Donation-An Opportunity to Lead From the Front. Transplantation. 98: 822-823.
  • Hwang, YJ; Dixon, SN; Reiss, JP; Wald, Ron; Parikh, CR; Gandhi, S; Shariff, SZ; Pannu, N; Nash, DM; Rehman, F; (2014) Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs and the Risk for Acute Kidney Injury and Other Adverse Outcomes in Older Adults: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Annals of Internal Medicine. 161(4):242-248.
  • Clemens, KK; McArthur, E; Dixon, SN; Fleet, JL; Hramiak, I; Garg, AX; (2014) The Hypoglycemic Risk of Glyburide Compared with Modified Release Gliclazide: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 5(38): S39.
  • Sontrop, JM; Dixon, SN; Garg, AX; Buendia-Jimenez, I; Dohein, O; Huang, S-HS; Clark, WF; (2013) Association between water intake, chronic kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease: a cross-sectional analysis of NHANES data. American Journal of Nephrology. 37(5): 434-442.
  • Fleet, JL; Dixon, SN; Shariff, SZ; Quinn, RR; Nash, DM; Harel, Z; Garg, AX; (2013) Detecting chronic kidney disease in population-based administrative databases using an algorithm of hospital encounter and physician claim codes. BMC Nephrology. 14(1):81.
  • Darlington, GA; Dixon, SN; (2013) Event‐weighted proportional hazards modelling for recurrent gap time data. Statistics in Medicine. 32(1):124-130.
  • Thomson, BKA; Huang, S-HS; Leitch, RE; Dixon, S; Heidenheim, P; Suri, RS; Chan, CT; Lindsay, RM; (2013) Pre to post‐dialysis plasma sodium change better predicts clinical outcomes than dialysate to plasma sodium gradient in quotidian hemodialysis. Hemodialysis International. 17(4):548-556.
  • Thomson, BKA; Dixon, SN; Huang, S-HS; Leitch, RE; Suri, RS; Chan, CT; Lindsay, RM;  (2013) Modifiable variables affecting interdialytic weight gain include dialysis time, frequency, and dialysate sodium. Hemodialysis International. 17(4):576-585.
  • Dixon, SN; Donner, A; Shoukri, M M; (2013) Adjusted inference procedures for the interobserver agreement in twin studies. Statistical Methods in Medical Research. doi: 10.1177/0962280213476771
  • Vinden, C; Nash, DM; Rangrej, J; Shariff, SZ; Dixon, SN; Jain, AK; Garg, AX; (2013) Complications of daytime elective laparoscopic cholecystectomies performed by surgeons who operated the night before. JAMA. 310(17):1837-1841.
  • Rutterford, C; Taljaard, M; Dixon, S; Copas, A; Eldridge, S; (2013) Inadequate reporting of sample size calculations in cluster randomised trials: a review. Trials. 14 Suppl1: P122.
  • Dixon, SN; Darlington, GA; Edge, V; (2012) Applying a marginalized frailty model to competing risks. Journal of Applied Statistics. 39(2):435-443.
  • Taljaard, M; McRae, AD; Weijer, C; Bennett, C; Dixon, S; Taleban, J; Skea, Z; Eccles, MP; Brehaut, JC; Donner, A; (2011) Inadequate reporting of research ethics review and informed consent in cluster randomised trials: review of random sample of published trials. BMJ. 342 d2496.
  • Dixon, SN; Darlington, GA; Desmond, AF; (2011) A competing risks model for correlated data based on the subdistribution hazard. Lifetime Data Analysis. 17(4):473-495.
  • Lvers, NM; Taljaard, M; Dixon, S; Bennett, C; McRae, A; Taleban, J; Skea, Z; Brehaut, JC; Boruch, RF; Eccles, MP; (2011) Impact of CONSORT extension for cluster randomised trials on quality of reporting and study methodology: review of random sample of 300 trials, 2000-8. BMJ. 782-782.
  • Adamic, P; Dixon, S; Gillis, D; (2010) Multiple decrement modeling in the presence of interval censoring and masking. Scandinavian Actuarial Journal. 4:312-327.