Research Fellow, University of Sydney

Dr Carissa Bonner (@carissa_bon) is a behavioural scientist working in public health, with a focus on medical decision making and risk communication. Her research aims to find the best ways to communicate information about chronic disease, so that patients can make informed decisions regardless of their health literacy level.

She currently holds a NHMRC/Heart Foundation Research Fellowship in the ASK-GP Centre of Research Excellence at The University of Sydney. This involves developing new systems to communicate research evidence and shared decision making resources in general practice, particularly in the areas of cardiovascular disease prevention and diabetes management.

She has spent the last 12 years investigating psychological aspects of health through research roles in academia and consultancy, and has expertise in the development and evaluation of communication interventions used in clinical practice around the world.


  • 2016–present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • 2015–2016
    Senior Research Officer, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • 2009–2015
    Research Coordinator, School of Psychology, University of Sydney


  • 2015 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 2011 
    University of Sydney, Master of Public Health
  • 2005 
    University of NSW, Bachelor of Commerce/Science (Hons)