Joshua Trigg

Research Fellow

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Joshua Trigg is a public health researcher with training and experience in psychological and population health research. His work focuses on health and occupational health risk factors, risk attitudes and motivators of risk behaviours. Dr Trigg came to the Flinders Public Health Team from Cancer Council South Australia, where he researched tobacco and alcohol use attitudes and behaviours, as well as community perceptions of culturally focused tobacco cessation messaging. His previous work has examined motivators and inhibitors of emergency risk taking behaviour, and wellbeing and quality of life domains, and has used various quantitative and qualitative methods.

He is a member of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs and Public Health Association of Australia, and has worked with government health bodies, nonprofits and various community organisations across Australia. His current research interests include:

  • Tobacco control and smoking cessation
  • Vaping and e-cigarette use
  • Alcohol consumption patterns
  • Health risk behaviours
  • Health promotion/risk messaging effectiveness
  • Wellbeing and quality of life

PhD (Psychology)

BPsycSci(Hon) (First Class)

Honours, awards and grants


  • Medical Research Future Fund (CIB, 2023-2025): $854,636
  • Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant (CIA, 2022-2023): $24,751
  • Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (CIA, 2022-2023): $38,448
  • Australian Prevention Partnership Centre Seed Grant (2022-2023): $3,000
  • Cancer Council NT (2019): $7,500 AUD
  • Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service (2019): $5,600


  • NHMRC CRE Achieving the Tobacco Endgame Early-Mid Career Researcher Award for Outstanding Leadership Runner-up (2022)
  • Opal Award for Engaged Research and Innovation, CQUniversity (2019)
  • Research Thesis Prize for Academic Excellence, CQUniversity (2019): $1,000
  • Opal Award for Engaged Research and Innovation, CQUniversity (2015)
Topic coordinator
PHCA9526 Public Health Research Proposal
Supervisory interests
Alcohol consumption
Behavioural science
Measurement of attitude
Public health, tobacco use
Risk factors for chronic diseases
Tobacco control
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Public Health: Vaping research policy (1), Public health: Cancer screening (1)
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