Professor Sandra Jones
Professor Sandra Jones is an ARC Future Fellow and Director of the Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR) at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne). Sandra’s research focuses on the relationship between media and health, including the impacts of advertising in the print and electronic media on health behaviour, and the use of social marketing to improve population health.
From 2004 to 2014 she was the Founding Director of the Centre for Health Initiatives at the University of Wollongong. Under Sandra’s leadership, UOW’s Centre for Health Initiatives conducted numerous community-based interventions, often in partnership with health services and NGOs, to improve the uptake of health promoting and risk-reducing behaviours. Recent community interventions include asthma among older adults, dementia risk reduction, cold and flu prevention, mental health help-seeking, physical activity and nutrition.
For more than a decade Sandra has been conducting research in the area of influences on young people’s alcohol consumption, including alcohol advertising and marketing; and her ARC Future Fellowship is a four-year whole of community intervention to address social norms around underage drinking.
Sandra’s career research funding exceeds $8 million; and she has published more than 150 referred journal articles, six book chapters, and numerous policy-related monographs and reports. She is also a member of a range of policy and advisory committees, including those of cancer organizations in Australia and overseas.