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Research Biography

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 in the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University on the Transition Support Project.


I am interested in lay understandings of health and well-being, and major life transitions like widowhood 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. My Psychology Honours thesis compared the health and well-being of older British-Australian and Greek-Australian migrant widows in South Australia. My PhD (Southgate Institute for Health Society & Equity) furthered my previous research on widowhood and well-being, concentrating specifically on older Greek widows and widowers in rural and urban SA. My PhD was guided by select social determinants of health, and a critical feminist methodological framework. 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, Flinders University

Award Date: 12 Apr 2017

Bachelor (Honours), Flinders University

Award Date: 1 Nov 2009


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


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