Julie Leask is a social scientist and professor in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney. She has qualifications in nursing and midwifery, with a Master of Public Health (1998) and PhD (2003) from the University of Sydney. Her research focuses vaccination uptake, programs and policy, and health communication and she has 125 publications in the field. Julie is chair of the WHO Working Group on Measuring Behavioural and Social Drivers of Vaccination and sits on the WHO Immunization and Vaccines related Implementation Research advisory committee. Julie won the Public Health Impact Award and the Sax Institute Research Action Award in 2015. In 2019, her team won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Engagement and Innovation for the Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation package. That year, she was named as one of the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence.

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Visiting fellow, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance
  • 2017–present
    Professor, Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney
  • 2013–2017
    Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • 2002–2013
    Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance
  • 1999–2002
    PhD candidate, University of Sydney

Education

  • 2003 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 1998 
    University of Sydney, Master of Public Health
  • 1991 
    Northern Sydney Area Midwifery School, Certificate of Midwifery
  • 1990 
    University of Technology Sydney, Diploma in Health Science, Nursing

Research Areas

  • Infectious Diseases (110309)
  • Psychology (1701)
  • Sociology (1608)
  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)