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Dr Ryan Courtney is a health behavioural scientist appointed Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) in March 2012.

Dr Courtney was an Australian Rotary Health PhD Scholar at the Priority Research Centre Health Behaviour at the University of Newcastle. He has authored or co-authored 12 scientific peer reviewed journal articles in the medical, public health and health behaviour literature and attracted over $100k in competitive research funding. His published work includes research on behavioural aspects of colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention and early detection including medical advice seeking behavior and risk-appropriate CRC screening. He has also published work in smoking cessation, in particular smoking among low socioeconomic status (SES) and disadvantaged populations. Dr Courtney is currently project coordinator on a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded randomised controlled trial (RCT). This study aims to test the efficacy of financial education and support at improving prolonged abstinence rates among socio-economically disadvantaged smokers. Dr Courtney received the UNSW Dean’s Rising Star Award (2013) in recognition of his achievement as an early career researcher on this RCT.


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