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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

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 2017

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: Research - peer-reviewComment / Debate

Growth of linked hospital data use in Australia: a systematic review

Tew, M., Dalziel, K. M., Petrie, D. J. & Clarke, P. M. 2017 In : Australian Health Review. 41, 4, p. 394-400 7 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Predicting the long term gains in health related quality of life after total knee arthroplasty

Schilling, C. G., Dowsey, M. M., Petrie, D. J., Clarke, P. M. & Choong, P. F. Feb 2017 In : Journal of Arthroplasty. 32, 2, p. 395-401 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Retirement saving and mental health in China

Chen, D., Petrie, D., Tang, K. K. & Wu, D. 23 May 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Health Promotion International. 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle