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Dr Sophie Lewis

Senior Research Fellow (ARC)

PhD, BBiomedSc

Centre for Social Research in Health


+61 2 93850542
304 Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus

Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow within the Practical Justice Initiative. Sophie is a health sociologist and qualitative researcher with a background in public health. Her research broadly focuses on sociological understandings of the experiences of living with long term conditions including cancer and obesity. Her current research looks at the ways people navigate the Australian healthcare system and make choices about public and private health service; how social interactions and social context enable people to manage chronic conditions; and the lived experience of advanced cancer.


    Book Chapters

    • Kilpatrick S;Willis K;Lewis S, 2014, 'Community action in australian farming and fishing communities', in Community Action and Planning: Contexts, Drivers and Outcomes, pp. 79 - 96

    Journal articles

    • Kirby ER;Kenny KE;Broom AF;Oliffe JL;Lewis S;Wyld DK;Yates PM;Parker RB;Lwin Z, 2019, 'Responses to a cancer diagnosis: a qualitative patient-centred interview study', Supportive Care in Cancer, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-019-04796-z
    • Franklin M;Lewis S;Willis K;Rogers A;Venville A;Smith L, 2019, 'Controlled, Constrained, or Flexible? How Self-Management Goals Are Shaped By Patient–Provider Interactions', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 29, pp. 557 - 567, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732318774324
    • Spencer G;Lewis S;Reid M, 2018, 'Living with a chronic health condition: Students’ health narratives and negotiations of (ill) health at university', Health Education Journal, vol. 77, pp. 631 - 643, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0017896917738120
    • Hughes S;Lewis S;Willis K;Rogers A;Wyke S;Smith L, 2018, 'How do facilitators of group programmes for long-term conditions conceptualise self-management support?', Chronic Illness, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1742395318792068
    • Lewis S;Willis K;Collyer F, 2018, 'Navigating and making choices about healthcare: The role of place', Health and Place, vol. 52, pp. 215 - 220, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.06.009
    • Franklin M;Lewis S;Willis K;Bourke-Taylor H;Smith L, 2018, 'Patients’ and healthcare professionals’ perceptions of self-management support interactions: Systematic review and qualitative synthesis', Chronic Illness, vol. 14, pp. 79 - 103, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1742395317710082
    • Lewis S;Collyer F;Willis K;Harley K;Marcus K;Calnan M;Gabe J, 2018, 'Healthcare in the news media: The privileging of private over public', Journal of Sociology, vol. 54, pp. 574 - 590, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783317733324
    • Hughes S;Lewis S;Willis K;Rogers A;Wyke S;Smith L, 2017, 'The experience of facilitators and participants of long term condition self-management group programmes: A qualitative synthesis', Patient Education and Counseling, vol. 100, pp. 2244 - 2254, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2017.06.035
    • Collyer FM;Willis KF;Lewis S, 2017, 'Gatekeepers in the healthcare sector: Knowledge and Bourdieu's concept of field', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 186, pp. 96 - 103, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.06.004
    • Couch D;Thomas SL;Lewis S;Blood RW;Holland K;Komesaroff P, 2016, 'Obese people's perceptions of the thin ideal', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 148, pp. 60 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.11.034
    • Willis K;Collyer F;Lewis S;Gabe J;Flaherty I;Calnan M, 2016, 'Knowledge matters: producing and using knowledge to navigate healthcare systems', Health Sociology Review, vol. 25, pp. 202 - 216, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2016.1170624
    • Lewis S;Willis K;Yee J;Kilbreath S, 2016, 'Living Well? Strategies Used by Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 26, pp. 1167 - 1179, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732315591787
    • Thomas SL;Lewis S;Westberg K, 2015, ''You just change the channel if you don't like what you're going to hear': gamblers' attitudes towards, and interactions with, social marketing campaigns', Health Expectations, vol. 18, pp. 124 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hex.12018
    • Willis K;Lewis S;Ng F;Wilson L, 2015, 'The Experience of Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer—A Review of the Literature', Health Care for Women International, vol. 36, pp. 514 - 542, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2014.896364
    • Lewis S;Yee J;Kilbreath S;Willis K, 2015, 'A qualitative study of women's experiences of healthcare, treatment and support for metastatic breast cancer', Breast, vol. 24, pp. 242 - 247, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.breast.2015.02.025
    • Holland K;Blood RW;Thomas SL;Lewis S, 2015, 'Challenging stereotypes and legitimating fat: An analysis of obese people’s views on news media reporting guidelines and promoting body diversity', Journal of Sociology, vol. 51, pp. 431 - 445, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783313480395
    • Lewis S;Willis K;Kokanovic R;Pirotta M, 2015, '‘I’m managing myself’: how and why people use St John’s wort as a strategy to manage their mental health risk', Health, Risk and Society, vol. 17, pp. 439 - 457, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13698575.2015.1096328
    • Couch D;Thomas SL;Lewis S;Blood RW;Komesaroff P, 2015, 'Obese adults’ perceptions of news reporting on obesity: The panopticon and synopticon at work', SAGE Open, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2158244015612522
    • Thomas SL;Olds T;Pettigrew S;Randle M;Lewis S, 2014, '"Don't eat that, you'll get fat!" exploring how parents and children conceptualise and frame messages about the causes and consequences of obesity', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 119, pp. 114 - 122, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.08.024
    • Vitetta L;Coulson S;Beck SL;Gramotnev H;Du S;Lewis S, 2013, 'The clinical efficacy of a bovine lactoferrin/whey protein Ig-rich fraction (Lf/IgF) for the common cold: A double blind randomized study', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 21, pp. 164 - 171, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2012.12.006
    • Lindsay S;Thomas S;Lewis S;Westberg K;Moodie R;Jones S, 2013, 'Eat, drink and gamble: Marketing messages about 'risky' products in an Australian major sporting series', BMC Public Health, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-719
    • Olds T;Thomas S;Lewis S;Petkov J, 2013, 'Clustering of attitudes towards obesity: A mixed methods study of Australian parents and children', International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1479-5868-10-117
    • Thomas SL;Lewis S;Westberg K;Derevensky JL, 2013, 'What Influences the Beliefs, Behaviours and Consumption Patterns of 'Moderate Risk' Gamblers?', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, vol. 11, pp. 474 - 489, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11469-013-9432-7
    • Knoesen NP;Mancuso SG;Thomas S;Komesaroff P;Lewis S;Castle DJ, 2012, 'Relationship between severity of obesity and mental health: An Australian community survey', Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, vol. 4, pp. 67 - 75, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1758-5872.2011.00164.x
    • Thomas S;Lewis S;Duong J;Mcleod C, 2012, 'Sports betting marketing during sporting events: A stadium and broadcast census of Australian Football League matches', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 36, pp. 145 - 152, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-6405.2012.00856.x
    • Thomas SL;Lewis S;McLeod C;Haycock J, 2012, ''They are working every angle'. A qualitative study of Australian adults' attitudes towards, and interactions with, gambling industry marketing strategies', International Gambling Studies, vol. 12, pp. 111 - 127, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14459795.2011.639381
    • Holland KE;Blood RW;Thomas SI;Lewis S;Komesaroff PA;Castle DJ, 2011, ''our girth is plain to see': An analysis of newspaper coverage of Australia's Future 'Fat Bomb'', Health, Risk and Society, vol. 13, pp. 31 - 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13698575.2010.540648
    • Dickins M;Thomas SL;King B;Lewis S;Holland K, 2011, 'The role of the Fatosphere in fat adults' responses to obesity stigma: A model of empowerment without a focus on weight loss', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 21, pp. 1679 - 1691, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732311417728
    • Lewis S;Thomas SL;Blood RW;Castle D;Hyde J;Komesaroff PA, 2011, ''I'm searching for solutions': Why are obese individuals turning to the Internet for help and support with 'being fat'?', Health Expectations, vol. 14, pp. 339 - 350, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1369-7625.2010.00644.x
    • Lewis S;Thomas SL;Hyde J;Castle DJ;Komesaroff PA, 2011, 'A qualitative investigation of obese men's experiences with their weight', American Journal of Health Behavior, vol. 35, pp. 458 - 469, http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.35.4.8
    • Lewis S;Thomas SL;Blood RW;Castle DJ;Hyde J;Komesaroff PA, 2011, 'How do obese individuals perceive and respond to the different types of obesity stigma that they encounter in their daily lives? A qualitative study', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 73, pp. 1349 - 1356, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.08.021
    • Lewis CP;Newell JN;Herron CM;Nawabu H, 2010, 'Tanzanian farmers' knowledge and attitudes to GM biotechnology and the potential use of GM crops to provide improved levels of food security. A Qualitative Study.', BMC Public Health, vol. 10, pp. 407, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-10-407
    • Lewis S;Thomas SL;Hyde J;Castle D;Blood RW;Komesaroff PA, 2010, '"I don't eat a hamburger and large chips every day!" A qualitative study of the impact of public health messages about obesity on obese adults', BMC Public Health, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-10-309
    • Thomas SL;Lewis S;Hyde J;Castle D;Komesaroff P, 2010, ''The solution needs to be complex.' Obese adults' attitudes about the effectiveness of individual and population based interventions for obesity', BMC Public Health, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-10-420
    • Lewis S;Thomas SL;Warwick Blood RW;Hyde J;Castle DJ;Komesaroff PA, 2010, 'Do health beliefs and behaviors differ according to severity of obesity? A qualitative study of Australian adults', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 7, pp. 443 - 459, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph7020443
    • Thomas S;Karunaratne A;Lewis S;Castle D;Knoesen N;Honigman R;Hyde J;Kausman R;Komesaroff P, 2010, '‘Just Bloody Fat!’: A Qualitative Study of Body Image, Self-Esteem and Coping in Obese Adults', International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, vol. 12, pp. 39 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14623730.2010.9721805


    • Thomas S;Lewis S, 2012, Conceptualisations of gambling risks and benefits: A socio-cultural study of 100 Victorian gamblers, Victorian Department of Justice, Office of Gaming and Racing
    • Thomas SL;Lewis S;Browning CB, 2010, Social connectedness and musculoskeletal conditions: An evidenced based review and recommendations for . Consumer Health Research Group (CHaRGe),, Arthritis Victoria

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