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Senior Research Officer, Telethon Kids Institute

Dr Carlson is an early career mixed-methods social researcher with five years of experience in leading and designing research that seeks to understand how to improve access to and understanding about vaccination. As an early career researcher, Dr Carlson has already made a significant contribution to the field, both nationally and internationally. Through her consultancy work with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, she contributed to the development of the operational guidance of acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in Europe. She has also assisted with work that sought to understand reasons for low childhood vaccine uptake in various European countries. Additionally, her work has informed decision making about behavioural models for use in vaccination program planning by the WHO, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Carlson’s work has informed Australian resources about immunisation, such as the Commonwealth Department of Health’s Questions about Vaccination booklet, the Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation resources, and information developed for health care providers about vaccines. Her work has also informed influenza vaccination program rollout for children and pregnant women in New South Wales. Dr Carlson is based at Telethon Kids Institute working on projects that seek to improve routine vaccine uptake in Aboriginal children in Perth metropolitan as well as all children in regional and remote Western Australia. Dr Carlson is also a Principal Investigator on ‘Coronavax,’ a study seeking to understand the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour regarding COVID-19 vaccine uptake by adults in Western Australia.

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia
  • 2020–present
    Post Doctoral Research Officer, Telethon Kids Institute
  • 2016–2020
    Research Officer, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance

Education

  • 2021 
    University of Sydney, Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine)
  • 2015 
    University of Sydney , Master of Public Health
  • 2014 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Science (Immunology and Microbiology)

Publications

  • 2021
    Communicating with patients and the public about COVID-19 vaccine safety: recommendations from the Collaboration on Social Science in Immunisation, Medical Journal of Australia
  • 2021
    Influenza disease and vaccination in children in Australia, Medical Journal of Australia
  • 2021
    The Collaboration for Increasing Influenza Vaccination in Children (CIIVIC): a meeting report, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
  • 2020
    Barriers to influenza vaccination of children hospitalised for acute respiratory illness: A cross‐sectional survey, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • 2020
    Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) 2017 and 2018: Prospective hospital-based surveillance for serious paediatric conditions, Commun Dis Intell
  • 2020
    An evaluation of the 2016 influenza vaccination in pregnancy campaign in NSW, Australia, Public Health Res Pract
  • 2019
    Attitudes about and access to influenza vaccination experienced by parents of children hospitalised for influenza in Australia, Vaccine

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Coronavax 3: Helping the hard-to-reach
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Future Health Research and Innovation Fund Focus Grant
  • 2020
    Country Western Australia Immunization Coverage Rates Scoping Project
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Western Australia Country Heath Services
  • 2020
    Coronavax: Preparing Community and Government
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Catalyst Research Grant
  • 2020
    Coronavax: Preparing Community and Government
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Government of Western Australia, Department of Health, Communicable Disease Control Directorate