Dr Sophy Shih



Senior Research Fellow: Health Economics


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Public Health, University of Melbourne, 2004
Graduate Diploma of Economics, University of Melbourne, 2012


+61 3 924 46279

Biography summary

Dr Shih is an experienced Health Economist with expertise in economic modelling and chronic disease prevention research. Dr Shih has advanced modelling skills and extensive experiences in economic evaluation alongside randomized controlled trials. She has research interest in cancer prevention, diabetes prevention, cancer psychology and disability.

Research interests

Dr Shih's research interests in methodology focus on economic evaluation of health service and interventions. Among a wide range of topics she has worked on, her main research is in the area of prevention for chronic diseases. Dr Shih is recognized by her work in economic evaluation of cancer screening, cancer prevention, diabetes prevention, interventions for people affected by cancer and cerebral palsy.



International Health Economics Association (IHEA)

Australian Health Economics Society (AHES)

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research (ISPOR) - Australian Chapter

Knowledge areas

Health Economics,

Economic Evaluation

Health Service Research

Public Health



• School of Health and Social Development “Health and Social Development Award for Service Excellence”, 2013
• Deakin Population Health Strategic Research Centre “Research Accomplishment, Early Career Category”, 2012
• Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellent Contributions, Deakin University Award for Research Excellence, 2011
• Special Award for Contribution to Illness Prevention Knowledge to ACE-Prevention team, VicHealth, 2010
• Deakin Population Health Strategic Research Centre Award for Partnerships and Knowledge Translation, 2010
• Best Abstract, “Growing Research Together” Research Conference, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Science, Deakin University, 2008


1. The Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy (CRE-CP): a five-year NHMRC funded project

2. The Mother After Gestational Diabetes (MAGDA) Project: Preventing diabetes in pregnancy from progressing to type 2 diabetes: macrolevel system change in South Australia and Victoria: a five-year NHMRC funded Partnership project

3. Coping-Together: A feasibility study of a novel, self-directed supportive care intervention to enhance illness adjustment of couples affected by prostate cancer.

4. Conquer Fear: Evaluation of a psychological and educational intervention for fear of cancer recurrence; A cluster randomised controlled trial

5. Living with Prostate Cancer: A Multimodal Supportive Care Intervention for Men with Prostate Cancer.

6. Healthy in Pregancy and Post-Birth (HIPP): A RCT to prevent primigravid excess gestational weight gain and postpartum weight retention

7. Economic Evaluation of the SunSmart Program


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Economic evaluation of future skin cancer prevention in Australia

Dr Sophy Shih, Prof Rob Carter

(2017), Vol. 99, pp. 7-12, Preventitive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


A pilot, multisite, randomized controlled trial of a self-directed coping skills training intervention for couples facing prostate cancer : accrual, retention, and data collection issues

Dr Sylvie Lambert, Dr Patrick McElduff, Prof Afaf Girgis, Janelle V. Levesque, Tim Regan, Dr Jane Turner, Hayley Candler, Dr Cathy Mihalopoulos, Dr Sophy Shih, Prof Karen Kayser, Peter Chong

(2016), Vol. 24, pp. 711-722, Support care cancer, Berlin, Germany, C1


Mothers after gestational diabetes in Australia (MAGDA) : a randomised controlled trial of a postnatal diabetes prevention program

Sharleen O`Reilly, Prof James Dunbar, Dr Vincent Versace, Edward Janus, Prof James Best, Prof Rob Carter, Prof Jeremy Oats, Prof Timothy Skinner, Michael J. Ackland, Prof Paddy Phillips, Peter Ebeling, A/Prof John Reynolds, Dr Sophy Shih, Ms Virginia Hagger, Dr Michael Coates, Mrs Carol Wildey

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 1-21, PLoS medicine, San Francisco, Calif., C1


Health coaching to prevent excessive gestational weight gain: a randomized-controlled trial

Prof Helen Skouteris, Dr Skye Mcphie, Dr Briony Hill, Marita McCabe, Prof Jeannette Milgrom, Prof Bridie Kent, Miss Lauren Bruce, Sharon Herring, Janette Gale, Dr Cathy Mihalopoulos, Dr Sophy Shih, A/Prof Glyn Teale, Ms Jennifer Lachal

(2015), Vol. In press, pp. 1-21, British journal of health psychology, Weinheim, Germany, C1


Conquer fear: protocol of a randomised controlled trial of a psychological intervention to reduce fear of cancer recurrence

Prof Phyllis Butow, Ms Melanie Bell, Allan B Smith, Joanna E Fardell, Dr Belinda Thewes, Dr Jane Turner, Gemma Gilchrist, A/Prof J Beith, Prof Afaf Girgis, Louise Sharpe, Dr Sophy Shih, Dr Cathy Mihalopoulos

(2013), Vol. 13, pp. 1-10, BMC Cancer, London, England, C1


A parallel-group, randomised controlled trial of a multimedia, self-directed, coping skills training intervention for patients with cancer and their partners: design and rationale

Dr Sylvie Lambert, Prof Afaf Girgis, Dr Patrick McElduff, Dr Jane Turner, Janelle V. Levesque, Prof Karen Kayser, Dr Cathy Mihalopoulos, Dr Sophy Shih, Daniel Barker

(2013), Vol. 3, pp. 1-12, BMJ Open, London, England, C1


Mothers after gestational diabetes in Australia Diabetes Prevention Program (MAGDA-DPP) post-natal intervention: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Dr Sophy Shih, Dr Nathalie Davis, Edward Janus, Mrs Carol Wildey, Dr Vincent Versace, Ms Virginia Hagger, Dino Asproloupos, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Prof Paddy Phillips, Prof Michael Ackland, Prof Timothy C Skinner, Prof Jeremy Oats, Prof Rob Carter, Prof James Best, Prof James Dunbar

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 1-10, BioMed Central, London, England, C1-1


Cost-effectiveness analysis of a two-stage screening intervention for hepatocellular carcinoma in Taiwan

Dr Sophy Shih, Steve Crowley, Jin-Chuan Sheu

(2010), Vol. 109, pp. 39-55, Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Hong Kong, China, C1


Economic evaluation of skin cancer prevention in Australia

Dr Sophy Shih, Prof Rob Carter, Craig Sinclair, Dr Cathy Mihalopoulos, Prof Eric Theo Vos

(2009), Vol. 49, pp. 449-453, Preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Cost implications of specific and non-specific treatment for young persons at ultra high risk of developing a first episode of psychosis

Lisa J Phillips, Sue Cotton, Dr Cathy Mihalopoulos, Dr Sophy Shih, A/Prof Alison Yung, Prof Rob Carter, Patrick D McGorry

(2009), Vol. 3, pp. 28-34, Early intervention in psychiatry, Carlton, Vic., C1


Exploratory economic analyses of two primary care mental health projects : implications for sustainability

Dr Cathy Mihalopoulos, Litza Kiropoulos, Dr Sophy Shih, Prof Jane Gunn, Dr Grant Blashki, Dr Graham Meadows

(2005), Vol. 183, pp. 73-76, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1



Other Public Sector Funding

Health Economics of Cerebral Palsy literature review

Prof Rob Carter, Dr Sophy Shih, Ms Utsana Tonmukayakul

  • 2016: $41,274

Emerging Risk in Community and Primary Health Care Report Part A

Prof Marj Moodie, Dr Sophy Shih

  • 2017: $24,125
  • 2016: $24,125

Diabetes Health Check Risk Assessment, Screening and Referral

Dr Kevin Mc Namara, Prof Rob Carter, Dr Sophy Shih, Dr Vincent Versace, Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi

  • 2017: $328,676

Industry and Other Funding

Economic evaluation of a National skin Cancer prevention program in Australia

Dr Sophy Shih, Prof Rob Carter

  • 2015: $6,385
  • 2014: $26,070
  • 2013: $6,384

Review of economic analysis method and results contained in report titled 'Benefit cost analysis of three Cancer Institute NSW mass-media skin cancer prevention campaigns.........'

Dr Sophy Shih, Prof Rob Carter

  • 2014: $2,921


No completed student supervisions to report