Professor Catherine Bennett
Chair of Epidemiology, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University
Trained in epidemiology and population genetics, Professor Bennett’s career cuts across university and government sectors, including stints in outbreak detection and response with NSW Health and the Australian Government.
After working as Olympic Public Health Coordinator for Northern Sydney, Catherine returned to academia and was Associate Professor in Epidemiology with the University of Melbourne before joining Deakin University as inaugural Chair in Epidemiology in late 2009. She was Head of the School of Social Development until 2019, leading it to be one of the top 100 Public Health Schools in the world.
Catherine is an active researcher, leading an NHMRC funded longitudinal cohort study examining community transmission of ‘superbugs’, and collaborating in a range of international COVID-19 projects examining COVID-related policy and the evidence behind it, excess deaths during the pandemic, contact tracing apps and developing COVID-safe protocols for industry, venues and activities. Catherine has been a leading public analyst and expert commentator during the COVID-19 response, keynote speaker, and advisor to governments and institutions here and overseas.