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Colette Browning

Colette Browning is a health psychologist and social gerontologist with a BSc (Hons) and MSc in psychology and a PhD in public health. She is the Research Director of the Shenzhen International Primary Healthcare Research Institute and Honorary Professor at the Australian National University. She was previously Director of the RDNS Institute, Director of Research and Professor of Healthy Ageing in the School of Primary Health Care at Monash University and former Associate Dean Research at La Trobe University. Professor Browning is recognised as a national and international leader in ageing and health psychology and in recognition of her contributions to the psychology profession she is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. Professor Browning has a career total of over 230 publications including peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and authored books. Her research focuses on healthy ageing, services for older people, quality of life for older people, and behavioural and social factors in ageing and chronic disease self-management. She co-directs with Professor Hal Kendig, the “Melbourne Longitudinal Studies on Healthy Ageing program (MELSHA)”, a 20-year longitudinal study on ageing. Her research in China focuses on primary health care reform, ageing and health services evaluation. Professor Browning's research is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council.


  • 2015–present
    Research Director, Shenzhen International Institute for Primary Health Care Research
  • 2019–present
    Professor, Federation University
  • 2015–2017
    Director, RDNS Institute
  • 2006–2015
    Professor, Monash University


  • 1998 
    La Trobe University, PhD
  • 1980 
    Monash University, MSc
  • 1974 
    Monash University , BSc (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Member of the Australian Association of Gerontology
  • Member of the Gerontological Society of America

Research Areas

  • Developmental Psychology And Ageing (170102)
  • Geriatrics And Gerontology (110308)
  • Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology (170106)