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 2006 2018

Brief intervention on Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical (SNAP) inactivity for smoking relapse prevention after release from smoke-free prisons: a study protocol for a multicentre, investigator-blinded, randomised controlled trial

Jin, X., Kinner, S. A., Hopkins, R., Stockings, E., Courtney, R. J., Shakeshaft, A., Petrie, D., Dobbins, T. & Dolan, K., 18 Oct 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 10, p. e021326 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

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

Predictors of inpatient rehabilitation after total knee replacement: an analysis of private hospital claims data

Schilling, C., Keating, C., Barker, A., Wilson, S. F. & Petrie, D., 3 Sep 2018, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 209, 5, p. 222-227 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

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