Find a supervisor
If you're interested in doing a master's or doctorate degree with the School of Health and Social Development, a good place to start is finding a supervisor. Check your research focus against the interests listed here and get more information from each supervisor's profile.
Health promotion and public health
Melbourne Burwood Campus
Professor Catherine Bennett
Infectious disease epidemiology, communicable disease control, disease surveillance, population-based research, randomised controlled trials.
Alfred Deakin Professor Rob Carter
Health economics, assessing cost effectiveness, health promotion and illness prevention.
Professor Robin Daly
The role of exercise, calcium, vitamin D and protein for preventing chronic diseases, osteoporosis, sarcopenia, falls and diabetes, clinical and community intervention trials.
Professor Tony LaMontagne
Social determinants of health, applied epidemiology and intervention research in occupational health and safety.
Professor Richard Osborne
Chronic disease, introduction of innovations, self-management, questionnaire development, health services research, health literacy.
Professor Ann Taket
Health policy, services planning and education, accessibility and equity, domestic violence.
Professor Tony Worsley
Baby Boomer project, fruit and vegetable policies and promotion, examination of Australian meal repertoires, acceptability of integrated pest management by Australian consumers, food knowledge skills required by consumers, Web 2.0 approaches to nutrition promotion.
Associate Professor Liliana Orellana
Biostatistician – cancer prevention and surveillance, palliative care, HIV epidemiology and treatment, nutrition and eating disorders in children and adolescents.
Associate Professor Julia Shelley
Sexual and reproductive health, pregnancy outcomes, contraception.
Associate Professor Christopher Stevenson
Lifestyle factors and health risk behaviours in the onset of disability, effectiveness of population cancer screening programs.
Dr Fiona Andrews
Understanding how families manage their children's health care – influences and interactions.
Dr Georgia Babatsikos
Sexual and reproductive health of university students, child sexual abuse prevention, and environmental determinants of health.
Dr Lisa Barnett
Development, implementation, evaluation and follow-up of physical activity interventions in children and adolescents, actual and perceived fundamental movement skill ability in children and physical activity behaviour, correlates of fundamental movement skill.
Dr Steve Bowe
Biostatistician – behavioural research in cancer.
Dr Adrian Cameron
Food environments – monitoring and interventions, creating healthier supermarkets, socioeconomic position/disadvantage, infant food environments, obesity prevention.
Dr Melissa Graham
Women's sexual and reproductive health, the health and wellbeing of childless women, social exclusion, inclusion and connectedness, and women's reproductive health and rights.
Dr Lisa Hanna
E-health and the use of new information and communication technologies in primary care, cross-cultural adaptation and validation of survey instruments, ethnicity and health/health literacy, particularly in relation to cardiovascular disease.
Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson
Mixed methods research on links between housing and health, families and health and the human health benefits of contact with nature.
Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoban
Trafficking in women and children, reproductive and sexual health, child sexual abuse, maternal health, Indigenous health, medical anthropology, health promotion and advocacy.
Dr Justin Lawson
Contact with nature, eco-health, health and sustainability, environmental health, spirituality/religion and nature/environment, climate change and health, alternative technology and transport, biodiversity and conservation.
Dr Fiona McKay
Public health, health promotion, health equity, refugee and asylum seeker issues and policy.
Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi
Biostatistician – environmental epidemiology, health related impacts of climate change, and spatial disease mapping.
Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
Ethnicity, gender, sexuality and health.
Dr Gary Sacks
Policies for obesity prevention, the influence of the food industry, economic evaluation of interventions to improve the healthiness of food environments.
Dr Erin Wilson
Social justice and equity that includes a focus on the experiences of disadvantaged groups, including Indigenous people and people with a disability.
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Professor Steve Allender
Burden of disease and obesity prevention, emerging burden of chronic disease indeveloping countries, the development and understanding of community based approaches to chronic disease prevention.
Dr Matthew Dunn
Monitoring illicit drug markets, body image in men, harms related to substance use, exercise, sport and physical activity.
Dr Jane Edwards
Mental health through the lifespan, parent-infant attachment, rights of the child, service-user and therapist perspectives in health care, healthcare services development, and the arts in health care.
Professor Karen Stagnitti
Expertise in pretend play of children and adolescents, interested in play-based curriculum, play assessment and play intervention.
Dr Genevieve Pepin
Occupational therapy practice, research, and education in mental health, eating disorders prevention and treatment, carers support.
Geelong Waterfront Campus
Professor Beth Crisp
Social exclusion, religion and spirituality, evidence-based practice, international social work, social work education.
Dr Russell Shuttleworth
Disability and chronic illness related research on issues such as sexuality, gender, leadership, access to health care contexts and speech impairment.
Dr Sophie Goldingay
Institutionalised populations such as prisoners and people with psychiatric disabilities, analysing social practices and power relations, approaches in social service provision.
Dr Selma Macfarlane
Critical social work, social work education, mental health, social inequality, and ageing.