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I am a qualitative social health researcher with an interest in health and wellbeing, social determinants of health, health inequities, vulnerable populations, and cross-cultural methodologies. I work as a Research Fellow for SWIRLS in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University.

I am interested in lay understandings of health and well-being, and major life transitions like widowhood and the lived experience of domestic and family violence over the life-course. I am especially interested in research with groups who have routinely been excluded from mainstream research, particularly culturally and linguistically diverse migrants and refugees, with an emphasis on those who do not speak English, or reside in rural areas.

I am committed to conducting meaningful, reciprocal, and engaging research with vulnerable population groups. Guided by a social determinants of health lens, and critical feminist methodology, my PhD explored the experience of widowhood and associated wellbeing among older Greek widows and widowers in rural and urban SA. In this study, I conducted qualitative interviews in the Greek language to be inclusive of individuals who had previously not been afforded a 'voice' in academic research, before translating this data to English for wider dissemination. I have also taught workshops for HLTH 3102 (Qualitative Methods in Social Health Research).

Research Interests

Migrant and/or refugee health and well-being

Ageing among migrant populations in Australia

Impact of social determinants of health among minority population groups

Widowhood and bereavement

The impact of major life transitions on health and well-being

Culture and migration

Diaspora/the diasporic experience

The Greek-Australian migrant experience

Culturally and linguistically sensitive research

Qualitative research methodology

Life-course perspective

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Exploring the impact of social determinants of health on the well-being of older widowed Greek migrants in urban and rural S.A. , Flinders University

Award Date: 12 Apr 2017

Bachelor (Honours), The role of culture in the adjustment to widowhood: Comparing older Greek-Australian and British-Australian women in S.A. , Flinders University

Award Date: 1 Nov 2009

Supervisory Interests

  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Widowhood
  • Migrant ageing
  • Social determinants of health (SDH)
  • Refugee mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • Grief, loss and bereavement
  • Social exclusion
  • CALD, culturally and linguistically diverse, needs
  • Greek migrant culture
  • Migrant identity


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • HM Sociology
  • HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • BF Psychology


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