Prof Naomi Priest

Prof Naomi Priest

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Professor Naomi Priest is a lifecourse and social epidemiologist. She is Group Leader of Social-Biological Research at the Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University, co-located at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

She has extensive experience in qualitative, mixed methods, and large-scale quantitative analysis, as well as in the conduct of collaborative research and policy and practice implementation related to child and adolescent health and health inequalities.

Her research program is focused on examining how social forces and social exposures become biologically embedded and embodied, and on understanding and addressing inequalities in health and development, throughout the life course. Much of this work focuses on social determinants of health and health inequalities in mental health and cardiovascular disease for Aboriginal and ethnic minoritised children and adolescents.

After training as an occupational therapist and working in community child health, Naomi received her PhD in 2009 in population health at the University of Melbourne. She then completed a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) post-doctoral fellowship 2010-2014 also at the University of Melbourne with training in social epidemiology. In 2014-15 she was a Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Since 2015 she has been at the Australian National University, co-located at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute since 2016.
Professor Naomi Priest is a lifecourse and social epidemiologist. She is Group Leader of Social-Biological Research at the Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University, co-located at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute....
Professor Naomi Priest is a lifecourse and social epidemiologist. She is Group Leader of Social-Biological Research at the Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University, co-located at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

She has extensive experience in qualitative, mixed methods, and large-scale quantitative analysis, as well as in the conduct of collaborative research and policy and practice implementation related to child and adolescent health and health inequalities.

Her research program is focused on examining how social forces and social exposures become biologically embedded and embodied, and on understanding and addressing inequalities in health and development, throughout the life course. Much of this work focuses on social determinants of health and health inequalities in mental health and cardiovascular disease for Aboriginal and ethnic minoritised children and adolescents.

After training as an occupational therapist and working in community child health, Naomi received her PhD in 2009 in population health at the University of Melbourne. She then completed a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) post-doctoral fellowship 2010-2014 also at the University of Melbourne with training in social epidemiology. In 2014-15 she was a Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Since 2015 she has been at the Australian National University, co-located at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute since 2016.

Top Publications

  • Slopen, N, Chang, AR, Johnson, TJ, Anderson, AT, Bate, AM, Clark, S, Cohen, A, Jindal, M, Karbeah, J, Pachter, LM, et al. Racial and ethnic inequities in the quality of paediatric care in the USA: a review of quantitative evidence. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health 8(2) : 147 -158 2024
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  • Priest, N, Slopen, N, Woolford, S, Philip, JT, Singer, D, Kauffman, AD, Mosely, K, Davis, M, Ransome, Y, Williams, D. Stereotyping across intersections of race and age: Racial stereotyping among White adults working with children. PLOS ONE 13(9) : e0201696 2024
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  • Priest, N, Roseby, R, Waters, E, Polnay, A, Campbell, R, Spencer, N, Webster, P, Ferguson‐Thorne, G. Family and carer smoking control programmes for reducing children's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. cd001746 2024
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  • Priest, N, Armstrong, R, Doyle, J, Waters, E. Interventions implemented through sporting organisations for increasing participation in sport. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews cd004812 2024
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  • Priest, N, Armstrong, R, Doyle, J, Waters, E. Policy interventions implemented through sporting organisations for promoting healthy behaviour change. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008(3) : cd004809 2024
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