Dr Wenbin (Ben) Liang

Analyst and data manager


PhD, (Public Health, Epidemiology), Curtin University, 2010; Master of Public Health, Curtin University, 2006; Bachelor of Clinical Medicine, Guangdong Medical College, 2004

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Co supervisor


Darwin - Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus


Wenbin joined Menzies School of Health Research in December 2019. He works in the Centre for Child Development and Education. 

Wenbin has been working as an epidemiologist and statistician for the last 10 years. He previously worked at the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI), Curtin University as an epidemiologist / statistician since 2009. 

His qualifications include: MBBS, MPH and a PhD in Public Health awarded in 2010. He was awarded Curtin Research Fellowships in 2009 and 2012. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters most of which he has written as the first author. He has been awarded more than $2 million in research funding. 

  • Impacts of Banned Drinkers Register re-introduction in Northern Territory
  1. McKetin, R., Dean, O., Turner, A., Kelly, P., Quinn, B.... and Berk, M. (2019). A study protocol for the N-ICE trial: A randomised double-blind placebo-controlled study of the safety and efficacy of N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) as a pharmacotherapy for methamphetamine (ice) dependence. Trials, 20(1), 325. doi:10.1186/s13063-019-3450-0. 

  2. Jongenelis, M., Pettigrew, S., Wakefield, M., Slevin, T., Pratt, I.S., Chikritzhs, T.N. and Liang, W. (2018). Investigating single-versus multiple-source approaches to communicating health messages via an online simulation. American Journal of Health Promotion, 32(4), 979-988. doi: 10.1177/0890117116673819.

  3. Chih, H. and Liang, W. (2017). Effect of unaffordable medical need on distress level of family member: analyses of 1997–2013 United States National Health Interview Surveys. BMC Psychiatry, 17, 323. doi: 10.1186/s12888-017-1483-z

  4. Hobday, M., Gordon, E., Lensvelt, E., Meuleners, L., Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2017). Distance travelled to purchase alcohol and the mediating effect of price. Public Health, 144, 48-56. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2016.11.019.

  5. Lam, T., Chikritzhs, T.N., Liang, W. and Allsop, S. (2017). Parental alcohol supply at school leavers’ celebrations and other peer-based social events. Journal of Substance Use, 22(5), 516-523. doi: 10.1080/14659891.2016.1259365.

  6. Naimi, T. S., Stockwell, T.R., Zhao, J., Xuan, Z., Dangardt, F., Saitz, R., Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2017). Selection biases in observational studies affect associations between 'moderate' alcohol consumption and mortality. Addiction, 112(2), 207–214. doi: 10.1111/add.13451.

  7. Hobday, M., Gordon, E., Lensvelt, E., Meuleners, L., Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2016). The effect of price increases on predicted alcohol purchasing decisions and choice to substitute. Addiction Research & Theory, 24(6), 441-449. doi: 10.3109/16066359.2016.1155563.

  8. Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2016). Alcohol use disorders hospitalisations over the last two decades: a population-based cohort study. Internal Medicine Journal, 46(3), 301-306. doi: 10.1111/imj.12980.

  9. Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2016). The effect of age on fracture risk: A population-based cohort study. Journal of Aging Research. doi: 10.1155/2016/5071438.

  10. Liang, W., Gilmore, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2016). The effect of short-term alcohol restriction on risk of alcohol-related injury: A state wide population-based study. International Journal of Drug Policy, 28, 55-59. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.11.007.