Associates

Davina Lohm works as a health sociologist at Monash University. In the past she has undertaken research on people’s experiences of the 2009 Swine Influenza pandemic, the media presentation of the Zika outbreak, medical tourism, and in-patient experiences of antibiotic resistant infections. Currently she is working on an ARC project examining how members of the public understand and respond to the risk of antimicrobial resistant infections. Her key interest is in the stories that people tell to make sense of their experiences and how these narratives shed light upon the complexities of responses to medical events.

Ben Lyall is a research associate with the AMR-SCAPES Discovery Project, analysing communication about antimicrobial resistance across Australia's print, television, online and social media. Ben’s sociology PhD project explores the social lives of wearable devices like Fitbits - as used for health, fitness, and recreational means. This work employs a novel mixed-methods approach – data scraping, interviews and app walkthroughs – to understand how users use self-tracking devices to co-create data, and then use this data to reflect on their daily activities through visualisations.

Paula Michaels’ work bridges the histories of Eastern and Western Europe, integrating the USSR into a pan-European and global narrative through the study of social and cultural history. Michaels is especially interested in the ways that medicine is mobilised to further political and social objectives. She is currently pursuing two major projects. (1) Gender and Trauma, 1900-present (co-edited with Christina Twomey). This volume puts gender at the centre of analysis in understanding the theories about and treatment of PTSD; (2) Special Obligations: Physicians in the Global Antinuclear Movement, 1945-1991 will analyse the influential and enduring role played by physicians in the fight against nuclear war.

Maho Omori is a sociologist with expertise in research fields of health and ageing. Her research interest is medicalisation of ageing, commodification/globalisation of health care and cultural understanding of health and illness. Her current project with Alan Petersen looks into medical tourism, investigating difficulties and barriers faced by medical travellers upon return from their medical travels. She also has experience in conducting research in residential aged care, looking into consumer-directed care, person-centred care and communication issues.

Kiran Pienaar is an interdisciplinary health social scientist (sociology/gender studies/critical drug studies) with interests in the biopolitics of health and disease; drugs, addiction and the self; and gender and the body. Her current research explores the sociology of diagnosis and screening, focusing on Australia’s national cancer screening programs and the routine use of tests in clinical practice. She is also working on a study of LGBTQ drug use with colleagues at the University of Sydney and UNSW.

Allegra Schermuly is a Research Fellow in Health & Biofutures at Monash currently working on an ARC Discovery Project exploring patients’ use of digital media in disease activism and advocacy. Allegra has a clinical background in perioperative nursing and a PhD in sociology from Monash University. Allegra’s other research interests include the challenge for public institutions, such healthcare, to remain fit for purpose in contemporary multicultural societies and the social inequalities that persist in health provision and outcomes despite advances in digital technologies and the narratives of hope that accompany them.

Narelle Warren is an interdisciplinary health social scientist (anthropology/sociology/public health), who has a particular interest in neurological disabilities and chronic conditions. She has published widely on diagnosis and its fluidity and uncertainties; lived experiences of neurodegeneration and neurological disability; formal and informal care, including how trust and hope are created or undermined within these care relations; new and emerging technological possibilities for treatment or management of chronic conditions; and on the relationship between wellbeing and recovery. She takes a broadly eco-social approach, to consider the role of the social, cultural, physical and other environments on these thematic areas.