Ms Sharon Matthews has over 15 years of social and health research experience. The past ten years have been spent examining alcohol and other drug related harms within the Population Health Research Program at Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre and more recently gambling.
Prior to this, Ms Matthews focused on social health inequalities/social determinants in the UK, being a chief investigator on a prestigious ESRC grant.
The majority of Ms Matthews research career has focused on secondary data analysis projects and she is very experienced in managing and analysing large and complex data.
Ms Matthews is an adjunct lecturer with the Eastern Health Clinical School Monash University, and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD project is examining attitudes to drinking and intoxication. She is currently the chief investigator for a Department of Justice funded project on gambling, and the co-investigator on two VicHealth funded alcohol-related projects.
Ms Matthews reviews papers for international journals regularly and she has presented at national and international conferences.
Ms Matthews is a member of the Eastern Health Human Research Ethics Committee.