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Research Fellow, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University

Dr Pennay is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Health Sciences from the the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology. This PhD utilised ethnographic methods to understand the social, cultural and economic contexts of alcohol and party drug use in the night-time economy. In 2014 she commenced an NHMRC funded Early Career Fellowship to explore young people's drinking practices. She is particularly interested in the social contexts and cultural practices associated with alcohol and other drug use, as well as policy responses.


  • 2004–present
    Research Fellow, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre
  • 2009–present
    Adjunct Lecturer, Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University


  • 2003 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Research Areas

  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)