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Nicole Black (née Au) is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Health Economics, Monash Business School. She currently holds an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). A key focus of her research is to investigate the role of children’s time investments in reducing inequalities in children’s cognitive development, emotional wellbeing and mental health. She is also a chief investigator on an ARC Discovery Research Project, which aims to investigate the socioeconomic inequalities in access to mental healthcare in Australia. She is currently on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal, Health Economics.

From 2013-2018 she was funded by an Australian National Preventive Health Agency Research Fellowship to investigate the economic consequences of childhood and adolescent obesity over the life-course. Her research has contributed to understanding the health care costs attributable to childhood obesity and the causal relationships between childhood obesity and human capital development (including academic achievement and socio-emotional skill development). Nicole received her PhD in Health Economics from Monash University, and received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher in 2016.

Nicole's research interests include child health and development, economics of mental health, economics of obesity, and measurement issues in health and wellbeing.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Health Economics, Doctor of Philosophy, Obesity in Australia: An Economic Perspective

Award Date: 10 May 2012

Research area keywords

  • mental health
  • child health
  • child development
  • obesity
  • health economics

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