Dr Katherine Thurber

BA (Psych & Global Health); MPhil (Epidemiology); PhD (Epidemiology)
Research Fellow
College of Health & Medicine

Research interests

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
  • Social and cultural determinants of health
  • Health equity
  • Health in complex emergencies and crisis settings (humanitarian health)
  • Longitudinal studies




Katie is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow (2019-2023) with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health. She previously completed her MPhil and PhD in Epidemiology at ANU. Her driving ambition is to conduct policy-relevant research to support health improvement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other populations experiencing health inequities. She conducts research across community- and policy-identified priority areas, including tobacco control, nutrition, weight status, and domestic violence. She employs community-engaged, mixed-methods, and strength-based research approaches.

Katie has experience in the design and analysis of large-scale and longitudinal studies. She has led collaborations analysing data from current largest cohort studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults, including the Longitudinal Study Indigenous Children (LSIC), the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH), and the 45 and Up Study, and is involved in development of Mayi Kuwayu: The National Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing.

The aim of her Fellowship is to improve understanding of the social patterning of premature mortality among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to identify pathways to improved health. Tobacco use and associated harms will be a key area of focus. The program of work will combine analysis of mature and new, unprecedented large-scale data resources, and will be conducted in partnership with community and with policymakers.


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