Dr Sophie Lewis

PhD Monash University
Lecturer

C43J - J Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone 9036 7432

Website Healthcare Choice Research Project
Qualitative Health Research Collaboration

Biographical details

Is an early career researcher and lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Research interests

Sophie's research in the field of health sociology, public health and social sciences focuses on experiences of living with chronic conditions across the life course; the ways in which social and cultural practices shape health practices and outcomes; and the impact of stigma on health and wellbeing.

Teaching and supervision

Undergraduate: Social determinants of health, health sociology, foundations of health science, and research methods.

Postgraduate qualitative research methods.

Supervision of Honours and PhDstudents who are undertaking research in the field of health,sociology, psychology and public health.

Current projects

Projects exploring goal setting between healthcare professionals and their patients for chronic condition self-management;people’s capacity to navigate the healthcare system and make choices about their healthcare; and understandingwomen’s experiences of living with metastatic breast cancer as a chronic condition.​

Associations

Themes

Health Systems and Global Populations

Selected grants

2015

  • Goal setting and chronic condition self-management; Smith L, Willis K, Lewis S, Wyke S, Rogers A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Kilpatrick, S., Willis, K., Lewis, S. (2014). Community action in Australian farming and fishing communities. In Nick Gallent, Daniela Ciaffi (Eds.), Community Action and Planning: Contexts, drivers and outcomes, (pp. 79-96). Bristol: Policy Press.

Journals

  • 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. [More Information]
  • Lewis, S., Willis, K., Yee, J., Kilbreath, S. (2016). Living well? Strategies Used by Women Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer. Qualitative Health Research, in press. [More Information]
  • Couch, D., Thomas, S., Lewis, S., Blood, R., Holland, K., Komesaroff, P. (2016). Obese people’s perceptions of the thin ideal. Social Science & Medicine, in press. [More Information]
  • 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, 17(5-6), 439-457. [More Information]
  • Thomas, S., 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, 18(1), 124-136. [More Information]
  • 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. The Breast, 24(3), 242-247. [More Information]
  • Holland, K., Blood, R., Thomas, S., Lewis, S. (2015). Challenging stereotypes and legitimating fat: An analysis of obese peoples views on news media reporting guidelines and promoting body diversity. Journal of Sociology, 51(2), 431-445. [More Information]
  • Couch, D., Thomas, S., Lewis, S., Blood, R., Komesaroff, P. (2015). Obese Adults’ Perceptions of News Reporting on Obesity: The Panopticon and Synopticon at Work. Sage Open, 5(4), 1-14. [More Information]
  • 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, 36(5), 514-542. [More Information]
  • Thomas, S., 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, 119, 114-122. [More Information]
  • 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, 10, 1-11. [More Information]
  • 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, 13(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Vitetta, L., Coulsona, S., Becka, S., Gramotneva, H., Dua, 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, 21, 164-171. [More Information]
  • Thomas, S., Lewis, S., Westberg, K., Derevensky, J. (2013). What Influences the Beliefs, Behaviours and Consumption Patterns of 'Moderate Risk' Gamblers? International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, (11), 474-489. [More Information]
  • Thomas, S., 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, 12(1), 111-127. [More Information]
  • Knoesen, N., Mancuso, S., Thomas, S., Komesaroff, P., Lewis, S., Castle, D. (2012). Relationship between Severity of Obesity and Mental Health: An Australian Community Survey. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 4(1), 67-75. [More Information]
  • 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, 36(2), 145-152. [More Information]
  • Lewis, S., Thomas, S., Blood, R., Castle, D., Hyde, J., Komesaroff, P. (2011). 'I'm searching for solutions': Why are obese individuals turning to the Internet for help and support with 'being fat'? Health Expectations, 14(4), 339-350. [More Information]
  • Holland, K., Blood, R., Thomas, S., Lewis, S., Komesaroff, P., Castle, D. (2011). 'Our girth is plain to see': An analysis of newspaper coverage of Australia's Future 'Fat Bomb'. Health, Risk and Society, 13(1), 31-46. [More Information]
  • Lewis, S., Thomas, S., Hyde, J., Castle, D., Komesaroff, P. (2011). A Qualitative Investigation of Obese Men's Experiences with Their Weight. American Journal of Health Behavior, 35(4), 458-469. [More Information]
  • Lewis, S., Thomas, S., Blood, R., Castle, D., Hyde, J., Komesaroff, P. (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, 73(9), 1349-1356. [More Information]
  • Dickins, M., Thomas, S., 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, 21(12), 1679-1691. [More Information]
  • Lewis, S., Thomas, S., Hyde, J., Castle, D., Blood, R., Komesaroff, P. (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, 10, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Thomas, S., 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, 10, 1-9. [More Information]
  • 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, 12(1), 39-49. [More Information]
  • Lewis, S., Thomas, S., Blood, R., Castle, D., Hyde, J., Komesaroff, P. (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, 7(2), 443-459. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Harley, K., Marcus (nee Verma), K., Willis, K., Lewis, S. (2014). Newspaper Messages about Public and Private Health-Care Services in Australia: The Entrenchment of Unequal Choice. XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology: Facing an unequal world: Challenges for Global Sociology, Yokohama: International Sociological Association.
  • Lewis, S., Willis, K. (2013). Living well? Experiences of women living with metastatic breast cancer. The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA) 2013: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Melbourne, Vic: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Holland, K., Blood, R., Thomas, S., Karunaratne, A., Lewis, S. (2010). 'That's Not Reality for Me': Australian Audiences Respond to The Biggest Loser. International Communications Association 2010: Matters of Communication: Political, Cultural and Technological Challenges, Singapore: International Communications Association.
  • Blood, R., Holland, K., Thomas, S., Karunaratne, A., Lewis, S. (2010). On Being 'Fat': Obese and Overweight Australians Respond to News Depictions of Obesity and Overweight. International Communications Association 2010: Matters of Communication: Political, Cultural and Technological Challenges, Singapore: International Communications Association.
  • Holland, K., Blood, R., Thomas, S., Karunaratne, A., Lewis, S. (2009). Consuming children: An analysis of Australian press coverage of the claims and counterclaims of advocacy and industry groups in relation to a proposed ban on 'junk food' advertising. Record of the Communications and Policy Research Forum, Sydney: Network Insight Pty Ltd.

Report

  • Thomas, S., Lewis, S., Browning, C. (2010). Social Connectedness: An evidenced based review and recommendations for Arthritis Victoria. Consumer Health Research Group (CHaRGe), Primary Care Research Unit, Monash University.

Research Reports

  • Thomas, S., Lewis, S. (2012). Conceptualisations of gambling risks and benefits: A socio-cultural study of 100 Victorian gamblers, (pp. 6 - 75). Melbourne, Australia: Office of Gaming and Racing, Victorian Government Department of Justice.

2016

  • 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. [More Information]
  • Lewis, S., Willis, K., Yee, J., Kilbreath, S. (2016). Living well? Strategies Used by Women Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer. Qualitative Health Research, in press. [More Information]
  • Couch, D., Thomas, S., Lewis, S., Blood, R., Holland, K., Komesaroff, P. (2016). Obese people’s perceptions of the thin ideal. Social Science & Medicine, in press. [More Information]

2015

  • 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, 17(5-6), 439-457. [More Information]
  • Thomas, S., 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, 18(1), 124-136. [More Information]
  • 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. The Breast, 24(3), 242-247. [More Information]
  • Holland, K., Blood, R., Thomas, S., Lewis, S. (2015). Challenging stereotypes and legitimating fat: An analysis of obese peoples views on news media reporting guidelines and promoting body diversity. Journal of Sociology, 51(2), 431-445. [More Information]
  • Couch, D., Thomas, S., Lewis, S., Blood, R., Komesaroff, P. (2015). Obese Adults’ Perceptions of News Reporting on Obesity: The Panopticon and Synopticon at Work. Sage Open, 5(4), 1-14. [More Information]
  • 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, 36(5), 514-542. [More Information]

2014

  • Kilpatrick, S., Willis, K., Lewis, S. (2014). Community action in Australian farming and fishing communities. In Nick Gallent, Daniela Ciaffi (Eds.), Community Action and Planning: Contexts, drivers and outcomes, (pp. 79-96). Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Harley, K., Marcus (nee Verma), K., Willis, K., Lewis, S. (2014). Newspaper Messages about Public and Private Health-Care Services in Australia: The Entrenchment of Unequal Choice. XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology: Facing an unequal world: Challenges for Global Sociology, Yokohama: International Sociological Association.
  • Thomas, S., 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, 119, 114-122. [More Information]

2013

  • 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, 10, 1-11. [More Information]
  • 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, 13(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Lewis, S., Willis, K. (2013). Living well? Experiences of women living with metastatic breast cancer. The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA) 2013: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Melbourne, Vic: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Vitetta, L., Coulsona, S., Becka, S., Gramotneva, H., Dua, 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, 21, 164-171. [More Information]
  • Thomas, S., Lewis, S., Westberg, K., Derevensky, J. (2013). What Influences the Beliefs, Behaviours and Consumption Patterns of 'Moderate Risk' Gamblers? International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, (11), 474-489. [More Information]

2012

  • Thomas, S., 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, 12(1), 111-127. [More Information]
  • Thomas, S., Lewis, S. (2012). Conceptualisations of gambling risks and benefits: A socio-cultural study of 100 Victorian gamblers, (pp. 6 - 75). Melbourne, Australia: Office of Gaming and Racing, Victorian Government Department of Justice.
  • Knoesen, N., Mancuso, S., Thomas, S., Komesaroff, P., Lewis, S., Castle, D. (2012). Relationship between Severity of Obesity and Mental Health: An Australian Community Survey. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 4(1), 67-75. [More Information]
  • 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, 36(2), 145-152. [More Information]

2011

  • Lewis, S., Thomas, S., Blood, R., Castle, D., Hyde, J., Komesaroff, P. (2011). 'I'm searching for solutions': Why are obese individuals turning to the Internet for help and support with 'being fat'? Health Expectations, 14(4), 339-350. [More Information]
  • Holland, K., Blood, R., Thomas, S., Lewis, S., Komesaroff, P., Castle, D. (2011). 'Our girth is plain to see': An analysis of newspaper coverage of Australia's Future 'Fat Bomb'. Health, Risk and Society, 13(1), 31-46. [More Information]
  • Lewis, S., Thomas, S., Hyde, J., Castle, D., Komesaroff, P. (2011). A Qualitative Investigation of Obese Men's Experiences with Their Weight. American Journal of Health Behavior, 35(4), 458-469. [More Information]
  • Lewis, S., Thomas, S., Blood, R., Castle, D., Hyde, J., Komesaroff, P. (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, 73(9), 1349-1356. [More Information]
  • Dickins, M., Thomas, S., 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, 21(12), 1679-1691. [More Information]

2010

  • Lewis, S., Thomas, S., Hyde, J., Castle, D., Blood, R., Komesaroff, P. (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, 10, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Thomas, S., 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, 10, 1-9. [More Information]
  • 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, 12(1), 39-49. [More Information]
  • Holland, K., Blood, R., Thomas, S., Karunaratne, A., Lewis, S. (2010). 'That's Not Reality for Me': Australian Audiences Respond to The Biggest Loser. International Communications Association 2010: Matters of Communication: Political, Cultural and Technological Challenges, Singapore: International Communications Association.
  • Lewis, S., Thomas, S., Blood, R., Castle, D., Hyde, J., Komesaroff, P. (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, 7(2), 443-459. [More Information]
  • Blood, R., Holland, K., Thomas, S., Karunaratne, A., Lewis, S. (2010). On Being 'Fat': Obese and Overweight Australians Respond to News Depictions of Obesity and Overweight. International Communications Association 2010: Matters of Communication: Political, Cultural and Technological Challenges, Singapore: International Communications Association.
  • Thomas, S., Lewis, S., Browning, C. (2010). Social Connectedness: An evidenced based review and recommendations for Arthritis Victoria. Consumer Health Research Group (CHaRGe), Primary Care Research Unit, Monash University.

2009

  • Holland, K., Blood, R., Thomas, S., Karunaratne, A., Lewis, S. (2009). Consuming children: An analysis of Australian press coverage of the claims and counterclaims of advocacy and industry groups in relation to a proposed ban on 'junk food' advertising. Record of the Communications and Policy Research Forum, Sydney: Network Insight Pty Ltd.

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