Kerry Ettridge

Dr, PhD in Medicine, B Psych (Hons)

  • 256 Citations
  • 10 h-Index

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Dr Kerry Ettridge is a Senior Behavioural Scientist in the Health Policy Centre at SAHMRI, and has a PhD in Medicine from the University of Adelaide (2010), and a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) (2001) from Flinders University. Dr Ettridge has worked in applied research and evaluation since 2002, with over 10 years dedicated to research in behavioural and psychosocial aspects of chronic disease. Her work incorporates behavioural, public health and quality of life approaches to improve well-being (both physical and psychosocial) and reduce risk of chronic disease, predominantly in the areas of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Research Interests

Dr Ettridge’s work is focused on understanding behavioural risk reduction for chronic disease, with previous work focused on obesity, tobacco control, and sun protective behaviours. Dr Ettridge is currently involved in projects to underpin and support change in the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, products that are high in sugar with limited nutritional value. Consuming these products increases overall energy intake, and consumption has been associated with increased risk of obesity, type II diabetes, periodontal disease, dental caries and cardiovascular disease. This work provides insight into the drivers of consumption, and provides evidence to underpin policy-level interventions, such as labelling, tax or health levies, restricting marketing practices and reducing availability, to support consumers in making healthier choices.

Dr Ettridge has also conducted projects assessing patient reported outcomes for cancer, with a focus on quality of life and psychosocial outcomes, specifically in the areas of breast and prostate cancer. She is interested in the best ways to monitor these outcomes to inform treatment decision making, allocation of resources, development of interventions and improvement of services. Dr Ettridge also has research interests in help-seeking behavior among those affected by cancer, and specifically, understanding barriers to and facilitators of acquiring support to enable better quality of life and well-being.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Adelaide

Bachelor's Degree (Honours)

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide

Nov 2010 → …


  • Public health
  • Policy
  • Behaviour change
  • Psychosocial
  • Quality of life
  • Health risk

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Research Output

  • 256 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 24 Article
  • 2 Poster
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Letter

Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, juice, artificially-sweetened soda and bottled water: An Australian population study

Miller, C., Ettridge, K., Wakefield, M., Pettigrew, S., Coveney, J., Roder, D., Durkin, S., Wittert, G., Martin, J. & Dono, J., Mar 2020, In : Nutrients. 12, 3, 817.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)

Nothing beats taste or convenience: a national survey of where and why people buy sugary drinks in Australia

Dono, J., Ettridge, K., Wakefield, M., Pettigrew, S., Coveney, J., Roder, D., Durkin, S., Wittert, G., Martin, J. & Miller, C., 1 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 44, 4, p. 291-294 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Qualitative insights into Australian consumers' views for and against government action on sugary drinks

Miller, C., Braunack-Mayer, A., Wakefield, M., Roder, D., O’Dea, K., Dono, J. & Ettridge, K., 2020, In : Public Health Research and Practice.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle