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Dr Emily Deans


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Emily has worked in the research sector for seven years, both within the gambling and alcohol and other drug fields. Emily’s experience lies within qualitative inquiry and her research focus is on understanding the environmental/structural influences on risk decisions and health behaviours. Over the last five years Emily has worked in the not-for-profit sector to build the capacity of smaller community organisations to conduct research to inform service practice. Emily is passionate about using research as a medium to advocate for the needs of client groups, using focus groups and interviews as a platform to hear other’s perspectives and experiences.

Emily also works part time in the not for profit sector and oversees a research program at Youth Solutions. Youth Solutions is a youth drug and alcohol prevention and harm reduction charity servicing the Macarthur and Wingecarribee regions of south west Sydney. Through Youth Solutions research program, Emily is grateful to have learnt from population groups which have endured significant strains including young people in contact with the justice system and young people with significant and complex AOD / mental health needs. 

University role: 
Postdoctoral Fellow

Doctor of Philosophy (Health & Social Development), Deakin University, Victoria

Master of Public Health, University of Wollongong, NSW

Bachelor of Public Health, University of Wollongong, NSW

alcohol and other drug use
social determinants of health
translational research
health literacy
Research activities: 


Deans, EG, Thomas, SL, Daube, M & Derevensky, J 2016, ‘“I can sit on the beach and punt through my mobile phone”: the influence of physical and online environments on the gambling risk behaviours of young men’, Social Science & Medicine, vol.166, pp.110-119.

Deans, EG, Thomas, SL, Daube, M & Derevensky, J 2016, ‘The role of peer influences on the normalization of sports wagering: a qualitative study of Australian men’, Addiction Research & Theory, vol. 25, no. 2, pp.103-113.

Deans, EG, Thomas, SL, Daube, M & Derevensky, J 2016, ‘Creating symbolic cultures of consumption: An analysis of the content of sports wagering advertisements in Australia’, BMC Public Health, vol.16, no.1, pp.1-12.

Deans, EG, Thomas, SL, Derevensky, J & Daube, M 2017, ‘The influence of marketing on the sports betting attitudes and consumption behaviours of young men: implications for harm reduction and prevention strategies’, Harm Reduction Journal, vol.14, no.1, pp.1-12.

Deans, EG, Ravulo, J, Blignault, I & Conroy, E 2020, ‘Understanding the needs of local youth to inform drug and alcohol prevention and harm reduction services: A qualitative study’, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol.32, no.3, pp.416-424. 

Deans, EG, Ravulo, J, Conroy, E & Abdo, J 2022, 'A qualitative study exploring young offender's perspectives on alcohol and other drug health promotion', BMC Public Health, vol.22, no.568, https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-022-12...

Teaching & Supervision
I am available to supervise: