Sheena Sullivan

Assoc Professor

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Personal profile


A/Prof Sheena Sullivan is an infectious diseases epidemiologist. She completed her PhD at UCLA in collaboration with the China Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing. From 2011-2023 she led the Epidemiology group at the at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne. There, she contributed to the strategic selection of influenza viruses to inform vaccine formulation updates, including assessment of influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE), and provided updates on influenza virological surveillance and VE to government, including Australia’s NITAG and in her role on the National Influenza Surveillance Committee.

She is a recognised international expert on the conduct of observational studies to estimate VE, especially the test-negative design. She been invited to speak on this topic at local and international meetings and has acted as a technical expert to the WHO, including a role on the SAGE Working Group on Influenza Vaccines (2017-2021), contributing to global policy recommendations on influenza vaccination. Her vaccine research extends to understanding the mechanisms underlying observations of reduced VE in some groups, including small and large sero-epidemiology cohorts to understand the consequences of repeated influenza vaccination. She has authored and co-authored nearly 200 publications in high impact journals such as Lancet Respiratory Medicine and NPJ Vaccines and has grants totalling >$6million. She is a council member of the International Society for Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, Associate Editor for its journal, Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Epidemiology, PhD, The Chinese methadone maintenance treatment program: analysis of national data, University of California Los Angeles


Award Date: 16 Oct 2024

Public Health, MPH, Breast cancer, screening and intellectual disability, University of Western Australia


Award Date: 1 Feb 2003

External positions

Adjunct A/Prof, University of Adelaide

10 Jun 2014 → …

Adjunct A/Prof, University of California Los Angeles

18 Apr 2012 → …

Research area keywords

  • influenza
  • vaccine effectiveness
  • sero-epidemiology
  • Epidemiological Methods

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