Professor Colette Browning

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
Honorary Professor
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: +61 448 708 090

Areas of expertise

  • Psychology 1701
  • Developmental Psychology And Ageing 170102
  • Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology 170106
  • Psychological Methodology, Design And Analysis 170110

Research interests


chronic disease management

social determinants of health

behaviour change

primary health care

patient decison making


Colette Browning is a health psychologist and social gerontologist with a BSc (Hons) and MSc in psychology and a PhD in public health. She is the  Research Director of the International Primary Health Care Research Institute, Shenzhen, China.  She was previously Director of the RDNS Institute, Director of Research and Professor of Healthy Ageing in the School of Primary Health Care at Monash University and former Associate Dean Research at La Trobe University. She is an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University and Peking University. Professor Browning is recognised as a national and international leader in ageing and health psychology and in recognition of her contributions to the psychology profession she is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. Professor Browning has a career total of over 230 publications including peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and authored books. Her research focuses on healthy ageing, services for older people, quality of life for older people, and behavioural and social factors in ageing and chronic disease self-management. She co-directs with Professor Hal Kendig, the Melbourne Longitudinal Studies on Healthy Ageing program (MELSHA) a 20-year longitudinal study on ageing. Her research in China focuses on primary health care reform, ageing and health services evaluation.

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