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Dr Thach Tran is a senior research fellow at the Women’s and Global Health, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University and the recipient of the NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. Currently, he was awarded a Monash Strategic Bridging Fellowship by Monash University. He also has more than ten years’ experience as a public health research officer in Vietnam, working for the Research and Training Centre for Community Development (RTCCD, 1998-2010).

His research focuses on social determinants of women’s mental health, child health, nutrition and development in early childhood in low- and middle-income countries, and measurement in health sciences.

Dr Tran established a global public health research team including two postdoctoral fellows, four HDR students and three research assistants. The team is conducting two NHMRC-funded research programs in Vietnam: the Learning Clubs research program for women’s health and child health and development and a cluster-randomised controlled trial of the Resourceful Adolescent Program – Vietnamese Version to improve adolescent mental health. The team is also undertaking secondary analyses of data from existing longitudinal studies in Australia (The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children; Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children; and Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health) and multi-country studies (The Demographic and Health Surveys and UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys).

Dr Tran has supervised to successful completion 3 PhD students at Monash University. As a member of the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine expert statistical advisors’ group, he has contributed substantially to the design and analysis of many PhD students and colleagues’ research projects. Dr Tran is a World Health Organization expert adviser in early childhood development and maternal mental health. He is an Academic Editor of PLOS ONE and BMC Public Health.

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

International Health, PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 3 Aug 2014

External positions

Research Fellow, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

The Deputy Director (Research), Research and Training Center for Community Development (RTCCD), Vietnam

Research area keywords

  • Public Health
  • common mental disorders
  • infant development
  • micronutrient deficiencies
  • pregnancy
  • vietnam
  • Social determinants of health
  • low- and middle-income countries

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