Associate Professor, University of Sydney

Julie Leask is a social scientist and Associate Professor in the Sydney Nursing School and School of Public Health, University of Sydney. She is also visiting fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance and has cross appointments with the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine and the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity. Julie has a background in nursing and midwifery with a Master of Public Health (1998) and PhD (2002) from USYD.

Julie’s research looks at health risk communication and behaviour with a focus on immunisation and infectious diseases. She is currently working on a program of NHMRC and government-funded research focused on vaccination hesitancy and refusal.


  • 2007–present
    Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • 2013–present
    Visiting senior research fellow, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillanced
  • 2002–2013
    Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance
  • 1999–2002
    PhD candidate, University of Sydney


  • 2003 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 1998 
    University of Sydney, Master of Public Health
  • 1991 
    Northern Sydney Area Midwifery School, Certificate of Midwifery
  • 1990 
    University of Technology Sydney, Diploma in Health Science, Nursing

Research Areas

  • Infectious Diseases (110309)
  • Psychology (1701)
  • Sociology (1608)
  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)