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Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Impact, Australian Catholic University

Professor Sandra Jones (aka Sandra Thom-Jones) is the author of Growing in to Autism (MUP, 2022) and is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of autistic people in all aspects of society.
Sandra is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Impact) at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). Her role provides leadership, advice and support for ACU’s strategic frameworks that implement the measurement of research engagement and impact; and supports research engagement and impact across the university’s research areas.
Sandra also leads the Autism at ACU research program, including conducting autism research, mentoring autistic academics, and supervising honours and postgraduate students conducting autism research.


  • 2022–present
    Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Impact, Australian Catholic University
  • 2017–2021
    Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement, Australian Catholic University
  • 2014–2017
    Director, Centre for Health and Social Research, Australian Catholic University
  • 2004–2014
    Director, Centre for Health Initiatives, University of Wollongong


  • 2004 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Assessment and Evaluation (Education)
  • 2003 
    University of Western Australia, PhD (health communication/social marketing)
  • 2001 
    Curtin University of Technology, Master of Public Health
  • 2000 
    Curtin University of Technology, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion
  • 1997 
    University of Western Australia, Master of Business Administration (Marketing)
  • 1989 
    University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Arts

Research Areas

  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
  • Marketing (1505)