Associate Professor at University of Sydney

Julie Leask is a social scientist and Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. She is a visiting Senior Research 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 public beliefs, attitudes and practices regarding immunisation and infectious diseases. She also teaches and researches in the field of health communication. She currently holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship focusing on improving communication about vaccination in public and clinical settings.


  • 2007–present
    Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • 2002–present
    Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance


  • 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)

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  • Research supervision