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Research Fellow, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, National Ageing Research Institute and Adjunct Research Fellow, Swinburne University, The University of Melbourne

I have a PhD in Social Research (Sociology), a Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Community & Industry) and an undergraduate degree in Social Science (Psychology), majoring in Psychology and Sociology, all undertaken at Swinburne, where I am also an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design. I currently work at the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) where I am a Research Fellow and Project Coordinator in the Social Gerontology Division working on a number of projects researching ageing issues. I am also a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne in the School of Population and Global Health working on the Sexual Health and Ageing, Perspectives and Education (SHAPE) project. I have previously worked in community development projects addressing ageing, social connectedness and isolation.

My PhD studies were focused on older adults and connection of a different kind – love, sex and intimacy in new late life romantic relationships, online and offline. I am passionate about the well-being of older people and I am particularly interested in dispelling the myths of older adults as non-physical, non-sexual beings.

I am a member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA: where I co-convene the Ageing and Sociology Thematic Group and a member of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG: and the Sexual Health Society of Victoria (

I have presented at many conferences, seminars and community forums both nationally and internationally and have appeared on radio and television talking about late life sexuality as well as online dating.


  • 2012–present
    Research Fellow, National Ageing Research Institute
  • 2013–present
    Adjunct Research Fellow, Swinburne Institute of Social Research
  • 2016–present
    Research Fellow, University of Melbourne


  • 2013 
    Swinburne University, PhD
  • 2005 
    Swinburne University, BA (Hons)
  • 2004 
    Swinburne University, BSocSci (Psychology)


  • 2012
    The initiation and progression of late-life romantic relationships , Journal of Sociology [OnlineFirst]
  • 2012
    Using online methods to interview older adults about their romantic and sexual relationships, Researching Later Life and Ageing - Expanding Qualitative Research Horizons
  • 2010
    Preface to the special edition: Ageing and technology, International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society
  • 2007
    Love actually! Older adults and their romantic internet relationships, Australian Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society

Grants and Contracts

  • 2006
    Australian Postgraduate Award
    PhD research project
    Funding Source:
    Commonwealth Government

Professional Memberships

  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)

Research Areas

  • Sociological Methodology And Research Methods (160807)
  • Gender, Sexuality And Education (130308)
  • Geriatrics And Gerontology (110308)