Dr Christina Heris

PhD Melb MPH Syd GDipScCommun ANU BSc(Media&Comm) Syd
Research Fellow


Dr Christina Heris is joining the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program as part of the evaluation of the national Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program as well as continuing ongoing work around tobacco prevention and Aboriginal adolescent health.


Research interests

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Tobacco use / prevention
  • Adolescent health
  • Population health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Social marketing


Heris CL, Eades SJ, Lyons L, Chamberlain C, Thomas DP. Changes in the age young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people start smoking, 2002–2015. Public Health Res Pract. 2020 Jun 30;30(2):e29121906. https://doi.org/10.17061/phrp29121906


Heris CL, Chamberlain C, Gubhaju L, Thomas DP, Eades SJ. Factors influencing smoking among indigenous adolescents aged 10–24 years living in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States: A systematic review. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2020 Nov;22(11):1946-56. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntz219


Heris CL, Guerin N, Thomas DP, Eades SJ, Chamberlain C, White VM. The decline of smoking initiation among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students: implications for future policy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 2020 Oct;44(5):397-403. https://doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.13022


Heris C, Guerin N, Thomas D, Chamberlain C, Eades S, White VM. Smoking behaviours and other substance use among Indigenous and non‐Indigenous Australian secondary students, 2017. Drug and alcohol review. 2021 Jan;40(1):58-67. https://doi.org/10.1111/dar.13130


Heris C, Thurber KA, Wright D, Thomas D, Chamberlain C, Gubhaju L, Sherriff S, McNamara B, Banks E, Smith N, Eades S. Staying smoke‐free: Factors associated with nonsmoking among urban Aboriginal adolescents in the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH). Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 2020 Oct 9. https://doi.org/10.1002/hpja.430


Graham S, Heris CL, Gubhaju L, Eades F, Williams R, Davis K, Whitby J, Hunt K, Chimote N, Eades SJ. Young Aboriginal people in Australia who have never used marijuana in the ‘Next Generation Youth Well-being study’: A strengths-based approach. International Journal of Drug Policy. 2021 Sep 1;95:103258. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103258