Associate Professor Ingrid Hickman

Principal Research Fellow

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine

ATH - Associate Professor

Princess Alexandra Hospital Southside Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine


A/Prof Ingrid Hickman is a Principal Research Fellow in Implementation Science with the UQ ULTRA team (Clinical Trial Capability) located within the Centre for Clinical Research in Herston. A/Prof Ingrid Hickman is an implementation scientist and has over 20 years experience in health services clinical research. Her career has focused on research excellence, strategic leadership and translating scientific evidence into improved clinical care for people with complex chronic conditions. From randomised controlled trials and mechanisms of disease progression through to patient centred co-design of health services, her collaborative approach to research aims to find solutions to health care problems. Prior to taking up the role with the ULTRA team, A/Prof Hickman led the Metabolic Obesity Research Group and the Nutrition Research Program at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane for over 12 years. Within this role she has been a passionate advocate for embedding implementation science and methodologies into clinical trials and health services research and has been recognised internationally for her investment in implementation science and clinical workforce capacity building in research translation.

Research Interests

  • Implementation Science in RCTs
    Embedding implementation science strategies into the design of innovative clinical trials
  • Translational Research
    Methodologies for improving the uptake of research findings into clinical practice
  • Clinical Trial Workforce capacity building in implementation science
    Methodologies to improve the teaching and training of the clinical trial workforce to build capability in implementation science in clinical trials

Research Impacts

A/Prof Hickman is well placed to link scientific discoveries and clinical practice. Her experience with delivering clinical trials within the health care system provides methodological expertise in designing hybrid implementation effectiveness trials to increase the speed at which cliical trials are translated into clincial practice and better treatments for the patients needing our care.

A/Prof Hickman experience with clinical research has resulted in demonstrable improvements in health care delivery and evidence based guidelines to improve the quality of care provided to people with complex chronic conditions such as liver disease, kidney disease, spinal cord injuries and organ transplant services. Studies range from mechanistic studies of insulin resistance, clinical trials of diet and exercise interventions through to qualitative patient engagement initiatives.

A/Prof Hickman is committed to engaging novice clinical staff to build research capacity and knowledge translation, with >30% of her publications involving a clinical staff member as an author.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Queensland University of Technology


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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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