Dr Joanne Bryant is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health (formerly the National Centre in HIV Social Research) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The University of NSW. Her main research interests include drugs and injecting among vulnerable youth populations such as homeless and disenfranchised young people, and Indigenous youth. Since joining CSRH in 2005 she has led several survey projects aimed at mapping HIV and Hepatitis C risk practices. She has published numerous papers relating to risk reduction, including about needle sharing between heterosexual couples, population level syringe coverage, and novel methods of harm reduction such as secondary exchange or peer distribution.
Dr Bryant is a Chief Investigator on a range of competitive and government funded research grants. She is an investigator with the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant Sexual health and relationships in young Indigenous people, and the National Health and Medical Research Council project grant Understanding and preventing hepatitis C within sexual partnerships. She has published over forty peer review papers and ten technical monographs, and acts a peer reviewer for the Australian Research Council National Competitive Grants Program and numerous scholarly journals including AIDS Care, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and Culture, Health and Sexuality. She is also a member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
Dr Bryant is trained in epidemiology and sociology. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia, a Masters of Science (Research) from the University of Northern British Columbia, and a PhD in Health Sociology from the University of Sydney.