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Professor of Population Health, The University of Queensland

Professor Jake M Najman has a joint appointment as Director of the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre, School of Population Health; and Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Science, University of Queensland.

Professor Najman has taught and researched in the field of social science and public health for over 30 years. He has co-authored and co-edited ten monographs and over 300 research papers. He has served on numerous NHMRC committees, and has been successful in obtaining over 70 research grants. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia.

Professor Najman has been involved in numerous research projects focussing on mental health, lifestyle and drug use. His major research commitment has been the Mater/University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy (MUSP), a 30 year prospective longitudinal study. This is Australia’s only major pre-birth cohort study and has produced over 170 papers on topics as diverse as the fetal and early childhood determinants of socioeconomic inequalities in health, the impact of marital change on child mental health, social determinants of child mental health and drug use, and factors over the life course influencing the uptake of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs.


  • 1995–present
    Professor of Sociology, School of Social Science, University of Queensland
  • 1973–present
    Professor , Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre, The University of Queensland
  • 1993–2001
    Head of Department, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Queensland


  • 1978 
    University of New South Wales, Ph.D. Thesis
  • 1971 
    University of New South Wales, Honours I, Department of Sociology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2011
    Genetic and environmental contributions to the life course of the common mental disorders
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:

Research Areas

  • Epidemiology (111706)
  • Sociology (1608)
  • Sociological Methodology And Research Methods (160807)
  • Research, Science And Technology Policy (160511)


Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (Fellow)

  • Brisbane, Australia
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