Qualifications: BA (Hons), PhD
Monika is a research epidemiologist with a diverse range of experience in public health, including large-scale longitudinal cohort research, quantitative and qualitative research methods and analyses, and clinician and general practice based research.
As a research coordinator, Monika joined the Kirby Institute in 2016, coordinating the ‘Blood borne virus and sexually transmitted infections Research Intervention and Strategic Evaluation – Aboriginal Systems Project (BRISE-ASP)’.
Monika also has expertise in the epidemiology of adolescent alcohol use. During 2010-2015, Monika was based at the UNSW National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, managing a large-scale national ARC Discovery Project investigating the longitudinal impacts of parental supply of alcohol. Monika also completed her PhD in this area in 2014, and has obtained $half a million dollars in research grant funding in this area. She continues to be actively involved in this area, working as a Chief Investigator, and supervising PhD students on this project.
As an Early Career Researcher, Monika has also developed a strong track record in health media and communication, with high-impact international media engagements (print, radio, and television). Most notably, her PhD research was featured in The New York Times in April 2016 (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/04/25/offering-kids-a-taste-of-alcohol/?_r=0).
Prior to this, Monika worked at the University of Sydney, School of Public Health, managing qualitative and quantitative projects in cancer screening, decision aids, HPV testing and vaccination, general practice guidelines, and population risk modelling. During her time there, Monika also completed her Honours degree (Class 1) in Epidemiology.