our team

Samantha Thomas – Ph.D. Community Health

Samantha Thomas, Ph.D. Community Health

Dr. Samantha Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow and Public Health Academic at the Department of Marketing, Monash University, and Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for Health Initiatives, University of Wollongong (where she will take up a tenured Associate Professor/Principal Research Fellow in 2013).

Samantha specialises in health and social risk behaviours, including dangerous consumption patterns; and critical marketing and social marketing campaigns, with a special interest in sports marketing. In Australia she is most well recognised for her research which explores how commercial and social marketing campaigns impact on health and social behaviours. She has a strong translational focus to her research. Samantha works regularly with government and non-governmental organisations, and is regularly invited to testify to government authorities about complex health and social issues.

Samantha’s current research focuses on:
1) Gambling – including risk conceptualisations, and the impact of industry and social marketing strategies on risk behaviour.
2) Obesity – including weight bias, obesity stigma and discrimination, Big Food, and the impact of conflicting obesity messaging strategies on adults and children.

She has received numerous awards for her research. For example, in 2009, Samantha was chosen by Australia’s leading national newspaper as one of the Top Ten Emerging Health Leaders in Australia. In 2010 she received a prestigious Australian Davos Connection Future Leader Award.

Samantha has a background in Community and Public Health. She graduated with a PhD in Mental Health from the University of Auckland, and subsequently worked at the World Health Organisation (Geneva), the Institute of Psychiatry (London) and King's College London.

Since joining Monash, Samantha has received grants from a range of organisations including the ARC, NHMRC, Victorian Department of Justice and the Australian Football League Research Board.

Samantha’s most recently funded research explores the impact of weight loss marketing strategies on Australian families.

Karen Choi

Judith Glynn

Principal – M.Sc.

Karen Choi

Karen Choi

Principal – Ph.D.

Karen Choi

Darcy GlynWilliams


Max Abbott

BA, BSc, MA, Ph.D., DipClinPsych, MNZCCP

Alex Blaszczynski

BA (Econ), MA, Dip Psych, Ph.D., MAPS

W. A. (Bill) Bogart

B.A., LL.B., LL.M.

Janine Robinson


Samantha Thomas

Ph.D. Community Health

Rachel Volberg