Mr Nathan Harrison

Senior Research Officer

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Bedford Park (3A)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Thank you for visiting my Flinders University homepage. I'm an early-career health behavioural scientist, and public health and implementation science student. I started PhD studies (College of Medicine and Public Health) in June 2022, focused on lung cancer screening, smoking, and stigma.

I also work as a Senior Research Officer in the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), one of the key national research centres in the alcohol and other drugs field, with a key focus on workforce development. I currently contribute to NCETA's broad programs of AOD research, primarily in prevention and early intervention, especially in public health messaging to reduce parental supply of alcohol to adolescents.

I have previously held behavioural science research roles in the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, as well as the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Online Education Services, and the universities of Adelaide and South Australia. My broad experience has been focused on better understanding health and mental health needs – particularly for those affected by cancer, cardiovascular disease, and AOD use – and in developing and evaluating intervention aimed at higher-risk (occupational, sociodemographic) population subgroups.

I bring a deep personal commitment to equity in science, and to doing rigorous, ethical research with strong consumer engagement that can contribute to reducing health disparities. My teaching interests extend to psychological measurement and research methodology for the behavioural sciences, where I'm highly experienced in course coordination, digital learning, and student insights/analytics research.

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Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Honours, awards and grants
  • Academic Status (Adjunct), Associate Lecturer/Research Associate, Flinders University College of Medicine and Public Health (2022-)
  • Academic Executive Director's Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Online Education Services (2019-2020): six-time recipient for outstanding contribution to teaching excellence in research methods and psychological measurement.
  • Best Oral Presentation at the 3rd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference (2020), for Harrison et al. “Supporters’ accounts of healthcare communication, information, and own unmet needs: An interpretative phenomenological analysis in upper gastrointestinal cancer”
  • Beat Cancer Project Travel Grant (2016), SAHMRI/Cancer Council SA
  • Honours Scholarship and Summer Vacation Research Project Scholarship (2015), Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health
  • Undergraduate Scholarship (2013, 2014), The City of West Torrens Max and Bette Mendelson Foundation