Jacqueline Bowden

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Honours Psychology), Master of Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy

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Dr Jacqueline Bowden is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow. She is also Deputy Director of the Health Policy Centre at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), located in Adelaide, Australia. This centre undertakes programs of research in public health, specialising in tobacco control, obesity prevention and alcohol consumption. The group delivers evidence to inform public health policy and population-based interventions to reduce the preventable burden of non-communicable diseases.

Dr Bowden has specialised in the area of tobacco control for 17 years and has managed the Tobacco Control Research and Evaluation Program and been a key adviser to South Australian Government for the past 13 years. More recently (over the past 8 years) she has been recognised for her work in alcohol consumption and potential policy responses.

Her doctoral research into alcohol consumption and messaging to help reduce population consumption has received international coverage and resulted in her being awarded the Public Health Association of Australia’s Kerry Kirke Public Health Student Award in 2017 and the SAHMRI PhD Student Award in 2018. She was also awarded fellowship funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council to investigate ways to reduce parental supply of alcohol to teenagers in Australia.

Highlights of her career include:

  • Awarded NHMRC Early Career Fellowship from 2019 ($327,000; 4 years)
  • Investigator on $5M of competitive funding
  • Publication of 34 peer-reviewed papers, and 73 conference presentations

While acting as General Manager, Cancer Control Programs for 2 years, Jacqueline had oversight of all cancer control activities within Cancer Council SA (research, prevention and support), including the major Government contract for Quit SA.

Notable examples of Jacqueline’s research and work for external and internal agencies include:

  • The prevalence of domestic violence and associated factors in the South Australian  population
  • Alcohol consumption in the South Australian population including factors associated with knowledge of National Health and Medical Research consumption guidelines and reduced consumption
  • The uptake of influenza vaccinations and associated factors
  • The extent of dyspnea and associated risk factors
  • Evaluation of programs to reduce cancer related stress such as the Cancer Council SA Mindfulness-based program and counselling service
  • The impact of different styles of social marketing with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke
  • Smoking in pregnancy, evaluation of a South Australian intervention
  • Evaluation of smoke-free bar laws
  • The distribution and availability of retail tobacco licences in South Australia
  • Consumer behaviour of smokers at the point of sale
  • Many monitoring and evaluation reports for SA Government in the area of tobacco control


Education/Academic qualification

Masters, University of Adelaide

Bachelor's Degree (Honours), University of Adelaide

Bachelor's Degree, University of Adelaide

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Research Output 2003 2019

Does the Partners in Health scale allow meaningful comparisons of chronic condition self-management between men and women? Testing measurement invariance

Smith, D., Fairweather-Schmidt, A. K., Harvey, P., Bowden, J., Lawn, S. & Battersby, M., 25 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Parental drinking in Australia: Does the age of children in the home matter?

Bowden, J., Delfabbro, P., Room, R., Miller, C. & Wilson, C., 1 Mar 2019, In : Drug and Alcohol Review. 38, 3, p. 306-315 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption, correlates and interventions among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: A scoping review

Wright, K., Dono, J., Brownbill, A., Nee Gibson, O., Bowden, J., Wycherley, T. P., Keech, W., O'Dea, K., Roder, D., Avery, J. C. & Miller, C., 1 Feb 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 2, e023630.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access


Best Poster

Jacqueline Bowden (Recipient), 21 Oct 2017


Late Breakers Honorable Mention

Jacqueline Bowden (Recipient), 15 Nov 2017

Prize: Honorary award

PhD Student Award

Jacqueline Bowden (Recipient), 7 Dec 2018