Kirsten McCaffery

NHMRC Career Development Fellow & Associate Professor in Public Health, University of Sydney

Kirsten McCaffery is a Principal Research Fellow within the Screening and Test Evaluation Program at the School of Public Health, and Deputy Director (Public Health) of the Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence based Decision Making (CeMPED) at the University of Sydney. She currently holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship.

The focus of her research spans 3 areas: health literacy; health decision making and psychosocial outcomes of screening and testing. She has published over 70 peer reviewed papers in international journals, including high impact medical journals such as the BMJ and 4 book chapters. Kirsten has been awarded 27 research grants (including 3 NHMRC research fellowships) totalling over $10 million of research funding.

Kirsten contributes editorially to 3 international journals (Medical Decision Making, Patient Education & Counselling, BMC Health Services Research) and recently led the International Patient Decision Aid Standards (IPDAS) Guidelines health literacy chapter.


  • 2001–2013
    Principal Research Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 1996–2001
    Research Coordinator, University College London


  • 2000 
    University College London, PhD


University of Edinburgh Psychology BSc