Jacqueline Bowden

Dr Jacqueline Bowden

Deputy Director, Health Policy Centre

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Jacqueline Bowden is a behavioural scientist who has worked in public health for nearly 20 years. She is Deputy Director of the Health Policy Centre at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), located in Adelaide, Australia. She is also NHMRC Early Career Fellow, University of Adelaide within the School of Public Health.

With a background in psychology and public health, Jacqueline has been undertaking research in the area of public health since 2000, particularly in tobacco control since 2002 and alcohol since 2010. Her research focus is in the area of policy and health promotion and ways to encourage individuals to make behavioural changes to improve their health. Her specific research areas of interest are the risk factors that contribute to cancer, particularly tobacco and alcohol.

I have current research projects and interests in:

• Ways to prevent parents from supplying alcohol to adolescents

• Awareness of current Australian NHMRC Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol

• Consumption of alcohol by Australian parents and correlates

• The link between alcohol and obesity as a potential mechanism to reduce alcohol consumption among Australians 

I have listed a specific student project below, but I am also open to discussing potential student ideas and projects in these broad areas.

Project 1

Title: The link between alcohol and obesity as a potential mechanism to reduce alcohol consumption among Australians

Description: I am interested in supervising a student to conduct a literature review on existing evidence on the link between alcohol and obesity and community awareness of the link. It will then involve analysis of an existing dataset to investigate community awareness of the link and impact on drinking behaviours.

Project available for: Honours and HDR

Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

Special requirements: Good working knowledge of behavioural theory, survey design and statistics

  • NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. 'Investigating ways to reduce parental supply of alcohol to teenagers in Australia'. 2019–2022. $327,192.00.
  • Investigator on $5M of competitive funding in public health research, monitoring and evaluation. 

Guest lecturer in the School of Public Health, University of Adelaide

  • Position: Deputy Director, Health Policy Centre
  • Phone: 81284095
  • Email: jacqueline.bowden@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace West
  • Building: SAHMRI
  • Org Unit: School of Public Health

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