Maryke Steffens, BSc/BA, Grad. Cert. Journalism, MPH
Research Fellow, Social Science

Maryke joined NCIRS in November 2019. Her research interests include challenges to health promotion and communication presented by today’s changing media landscape, and strategies to improve vaccination communication. Maryke is completing her PhD with Macquarie University’s Australian Institute of Health Innovation. Her research focuses on strategies to address poor quality vaccination information and misinformation on social media and in other types of written communication. Maryke completed a Master of Public Health at The University of Sydney in 2015 and has a background in science and health communication and journalism. She has previously worked as a media and communications officer for various health and research-oriented organisations, and as a health and science reporter for media outlets, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Katarzyna Bolsewicz 
Research Fellow, Social Science
Bianca Bullivant BPsych(Hons), MRes
Research Officer, Social Science

Bianca Bullivant joined NCIRS as a research officer in the Social Sciences unit in July 2018. She is leading on the organisation of Collaboration on Social Science and Immunisation (COSSI) knowledge exchange and committee meetings and working on the implementation of SKAI (Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation). Bianca completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and then a Master of Research (Human Sciences) at Macquarie University in 2017. Bianca was employed previously as a Research Assistant at Macquarie University, working on a qualitative project on eating disorders and obesity health literacy. She is interested in immunisation-related beliefs and attitudes of parents and health professionals. 

Samantha Carlson BSc, MPH
Research Officer, Social Science

Samantha joined NCIRS in February 2016 and assists in social research, communication and evaluation of immunisation programs. She completed a Bachelor of Science (Microbiology and Immunobiology) and a Master of Public Health through The University of Sydney. She is currently undertaking a full-time PhD using mixed-methods approach to understand attitudes about and access to influenza vaccination experienced by parents of children hospitalised for influenza. 

Last updated January 2020