Dennis Petrie

Assoc Professor

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Dennis is an Associate Professor and an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Centre for Health Economics, Monash University. He was previously a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne and a Lecturer in Health Economics at the University of Dundee, UK. He has published extensively on the economics of illicit drugs and alcohol, the longitudinal measurement and evaluation of health inequalities and has lead a large number of economic evaluations of healthcare interventions including alongside RCTs. He has consistently published in the top health economics journals, with multiple papers in the Journal of Health Economics (3), Health Economics (5) and Social Science & Medicine (2) and also high impact medical journals including BMJ, PLOS Medicine, Diabetologia, Diabetes Care and Epidemiology. He specialises in analysing large and complex data sets to improve health policy decisions. 

Research interests

Health Inequalities

Health Economics

Applied Econometrics

Economic Evaluations


  • Inequalities in Health
  • Health Economics
  • Econometrics
  • risk and uncertainty
  • Alcohol
  • Cancer
  • Drugs - illicit
  • Disability
  • Cost Effectivness
  • Economic Evaluation

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Projects 2014 2021

Youth cohort: Improving Disability Employment Study (Y-IDES)

Milner, A., Kavanagh, A. M., Petrie, D. J., LaMontagne, A. D., Vaughan, C. & Mallett, S.

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Project: Research

Disability, social mobility and the wellbeing of people with disabilities

Kavanagh, A. M., LaMontagne, A. D., Petrie, D. J., Milner, A., Simpson, J., Aitken, Z., Emerson, E. & Blakely, T.


Project: Research

Adding an electronic-cigarette to standard behavioural treatment for low-socioeconomic status smokers: A randomised trial.

Mattick, R., Courtney, R., Borland, R., Gartner, C., McRobbie, H. J., Petrie, D. J., Siahpush, M., Richmond, R., Shakeshaft, A. P. & Farrell, M. P.

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Project: Research

Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health

Kavanagh, A. M., Llewellyn, G. M., Emerson, E., Petrie, D. J., Dickinson, H., Badland, H. M., Carey, G., Butterworth, P., Einfeld, S. & Stancliffe, R. J.


Project: Research

A non-inferiority trial of cytisine versus varenicline for smoking cessation

Farrell, M. P., Courtney, R., Walker, N., McRobbie, H. J., Gartner, C. E., Siahpush, M., Petrie, D. J., Paul, C. L., Richmond, R. L. & Ferguson, S.

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Project: Research

Research Output 2009 2018

Combining fixed effects and instrumental variable approaches for estimating the effect of psychosocial job quality on mental health: evidence from 13 waves of a nationally representative cohort study

Milner, A., Aitken, Z., Kavanagh, A. M., LaMontagne, A. D., Pega, F. & Petrie, D. May 2018 In : Journal of Public Health. 40, 2, p. 426-434 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Texting to Reduce Alcohol Misuse (TRAM): main findings from a randomised controlled trial of a text message intervention to reduce binge drinking among disadvantaged men

Crombie, I. K., Irvine, L., Williams, B., Sniehotta, F. F., Petrie, D., Jones, C., Norrie, J., Evans, J. MM., Emslie, C., Rice, P. M., Slane, P. W., Humphris, G., Ricketts, I. W., Melson, A. J., Donnan, P. T., Hapca, S., McKenzie, A. & Achison, M. 1 May 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Addiction. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

The impact of spousal bereavement on hospitalisations: Evidence from the Scottish Longitudinal Study

Tseng, F-M., Petrie, D., Wang, S., Macduff, C. & Stephen, A. I. Feb 2018 In : Health Economics. 27, 2, p. e120-e138 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Australian general practitioners initiate statin therapy primarily on the basis of lipid levels; New Zealand general practitioners use absolute risk

Schilling, C., Knight, J., Mortimer, D., Petrie, D., Clarke, P., Chalmers, J., Kerr, A. & Jackson, R. 1 Dec 2017 In : Health Policy. 121, 12, p. 1233-1239 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Graphical tools for monitoring inequality: The beauty can lie (in the details)

Kjellsson, G. & Petrie, D. Jul 2017 In : Epidemiology. 604-607, 4, 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateResearchpeer-review