Dr Sophie Lewis

PhD Monash
Postdoctoral Research Associate

C43A - Jeffrey Miller Admin Building Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone 9036 7432

Website Healthcare Choice Research Project

Biographical details

Sophie is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Her PhD in Public Health from Monash University utilised qualitative interivews and provided a better understanding of the lived experience of obesity in Australian society.

Research interests

Sophie's research involves exploring the health needs and experiences of consumers, and the ways in which society and culture influence people’s health beliefs and behaviours. Her broad research interests include consumer-based health research, qualitative research methods, obesity, breast cancer, and the impacts of stigma on health.

She has also been involved in research that has explored how Australian families respond to messages about obesity, physical activity and body image; the impacts of gambling marketing strategies on youth; the impacts of social connectedness on the experiences of people with musculoskeletal conditions; and the priority survivorship research issues of women who have experienced breast cancer.

Current projects

Sophie is contributing to research exploring how Australians make choices about healthcare, and the resources they draw upon when making healthcare choices.

Themes

Health Systems and Global Populations

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Thomas, S., Lewis, S., Westberg, K. (2014). '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 : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, Article in Press. [More Information]
  • Holland, K., Blood, R., Thomas, S., Lewis, S. (2014). Challenging stereotypes and legitimating fat: An analysis of obese peoples views on news media reporting guidelines and promoting body diversity. Journal of Sociology. [More Information]
  • Willis, K., Lewis, S., Ng, F., Wilson, L. (2014). The Experience of Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer-A Review of the Literature. Health Care for Women International, in press. [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. The 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., Hyde, J., Castle, D., Blood, R., Komesaroff, P. (2011). "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]
  • 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 : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Thomas, S., Karunaratne, A., Castle, D., Lewis, S., Knoesen, N., Honigman, 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.

Conferences

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, University of Technology, Sydney.

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.

2014

  • Thomas, S., Lewis, S., Westberg, K. (2014). '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 : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, Article in Press. [More Information]
  • Holland, K., Blood, R., Thomas, S., Lewis, S. (2014). Challenging stereotypes and legitimating fat: An analysis of obese peoples views on news media reporting guidelines and promoting body diversity. Journal of Sociology. [More Information]
  • Willis, K., Lewis, S., Ng, F., Wilson, L. (2014). The Experience of Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer-A Review of the Literature. Health Care for Women International, in press. [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. The 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. , , , 1-75.
  • 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., Hyde, J., Castle, D., Blood, R., Komesaroff, P. (2011). "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]
  • 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 : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 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

  • 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]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thomas, S., Karunaratne, A., Castle, D., Lewis, S., Knoesen, N., Honigman, 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.

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, University of Technology, Sydney.

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