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Senior Research Officer




Dr Carlson is an early career mixed-methods social researcher based at Telethon Kids Institute, leading and designing research that seeks to understand how to improve access to and understanding about vaccination. Dr Carlson holds a PhD from The University of Sydney on Attitudes about and access to influenza vaccination in Australia: experiences of parents of children hospitalised for acute respiratory infection. Currently, Dr Carlson is leading and collaborating on projects that seek to improve routine vaccine uptake in Aboriginal children in Perth metropolitan (a project called Moort Vax Waangkiny) as well as all children in regional and remote Western Australia.

As an early career researcher, Dr Carlson has already made a significant contribution to the field, both nationally and internationally. This has been recognised through receipt of the Telethon Kids Institute ‘Illuminate Award’ in 2022. Dr Carlson’s work has informed Australian resources about immunisation, such as the Commonwealth Department of Health’s Questions about Vaccination booklet, the Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation influenza resources, the NSW Health ‘winter wellness’ campaigns, and information developed for health care providers about vaccines. She also developed factsheets about COVID-19 vaccination and diseases, which led to the development of Telethon Kids Institute’s ‘COVID-19 Resource Hub.’  Her work has also informed COVID-19 and influenza vaccination programs in Australia, and through her consultancy work with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, she led the development of the operational guidance of acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in Europe. She has also assisted with work that sought to understand reasons for low childhood vaccine uptake in various European countries.