Joanne Dono

Joanne Dono

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

I work at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in the Health Policy Centre and am affiliated with the University of Adelaide, School of Psychology, as a Senior Adjunct Fellow.

I have over ten years of behavioural science and health policy research experience. I have been involved in the design, implementation and management of numerous research and evaluation studies in Tobacco Control that have delivered evidence for health policy initiatives. I currently manage and coordinate various components of a research program exploring public health approaches to reducing sugary drink consumption. I have extensive experience in a variety of research methods, including undertaking qualitative studies that explore content and themes of text based documents (e.g. focus group transcripts, social media, websites), and quantitative studies that use advanced statistical techniques to analyse numerical data derived from population-based questionnaires.

I completed a PhD at the University of Adelaide on the social barriers to quitting tobacco smoking among young adults in 2020.

Available to supervise Honours, Masters and co-supervise PhDs.

My broad research interest is in social psychology, health communication and public health approaches to health behaviour change, with a specific interest in preventing chronic health conditions associated with over-consumption of ultra-processed food and drinks.

I have listed specific student projects below as examples, but I am also open to discussing potential ideas and projects related to applied health behaviour change. 

Project: Conduct problem-centered interviews with end-users (i.e. clinicians, health agencies, policy makers) who bring with them their own experiences plus perspectives on solutions to the problem of communicating dietary advice.


The aim of this study is to understand how best to frame the problem and solution of providing brief dietary advice interventions to consumers who are at risk of chronic health problems due to over-consuming ultra-processed foods and drinks.

Project available for: Hons, Masters thesis, PhD

Research project start: Semester 1 or 2

Special requirements: Good working knowledge of behavioural theory and qualitative research methods.


Project: What on-pack warning label design features are most influential in reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption?  


This study builds on existing experimental study data and psychology theory regarding risk taking behaviour. It will consist of an experimental online survey aimed at refining different design aspects of warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages to achieve optimal outcomes to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Project available for: Hons, MPH thesis, HDR

Research project start: Semester 1 or 2

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



  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 - ongoing External Supervisor SSB SAHMRI Honours test

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