Dr Sarah MacLean


Dr Sarah MacLean

I have a diverse employment history, including experience as a youth worker and senior public servant. I completed my PhD in 2007, a study of the social meanings of inhalant use. I held an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2010-2014. During this period I was employed at the University of Melbourne and located at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), then based at Turning Point Eastern Health. My postdoctoral research entailed an investigation of patterns of alcohol use in inner- and outer- suburban Melbouren and cultures that frame alcohol use among young adults.  From April 2013 I was employed as Senior Research Fellow in Social Health Determinants in the Onemda VicHealth  Koori Health Unit at the University of Melbourne. I was appointed as Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Social Work and Social Policy in October 2015. CAPR moved to La Trobe University at about the same time and I continue to work as part of the Centre.

I conduct qualitative and mixed method research on issues concerning alcohol and drug use (with a particular interest in inhalants, methamphetamine and alcohol), social determinants of Aboriginal health and research methods. I hold an appointment as Associate Editor with the journal Health Sociology Review with responsibility for book reviews.

Research interests:

  • Young people’s substance use
  • Inhalants and alcohol
  • health services research and evaluation
  • Drug & alcohol policy development
  • Qualitative research methods

Click here for a list of Sarah’s publications, book chapters, and presentations.