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Dr Anthony Lyons Associate Professor, Aust Res Ctr Sex Hlth&Soc

Associate Professor Anthony Lyons is Deputy Director in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS). Prior to joining ARCSHS in 2008, he held appointments as a Lecturer in Psychology at Newcastle University in the U.K. and as a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Anthony's research focuses on understanding the impact of stigma, marginalisation, and social exclusion on health and well-being. Understanding the complex ways in which social attitudes and inequalities influence health outcomes in affected populations is a major focus, such as sexual and gender diverse populations (LGBTIQ), people living with HIV, older populations (e.g., ageism), and other vulnerable groups. He also runs a productive research program on sexual health in marginalised as well as general populations. A key objective is to generate knowledge that not only advances the academic literature, but also delivers evidence and resources to support policy and practice decision-making in health, social services, and government areas. His work is multidisciplinary, bringing together Public Health and Psychology, with specialisations in a diversity of methods, including experimental designs, large national and multinational surveys, and interviews, while utilising both quantitative and qualitative approaches

Anthony's research has attracted more than $3 million in funding from many diverse sources, including nationally competitive funding schemes such as the Australian Research Council (ARC), the non-profit sector, government, and university. Anthony is currently Lead Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage Grant (Lyons, Barrett, Minichiello, Hughes, & Fredriksen-Goldsen. Reducing Health Disparities for Older LGBTI Australians. ARC Linkage Project, 2017 – 2020, $296,000). He recently completed an ARC Discovery Grant (Lyons, Minichiello, Barrett, Brown, Hinchliff, & Dow. Combating Rising Sexually Transmitted Infections among Older Australians: Improving Safe-sex Practice, and Health, Social and Economic Outcomes. ARC Discovery Project, 2015 – 2018, $321,950).

In all, Anthony has published in excess of 100 journal articles, book chapters, and monographs. His research has been cited more than 2,700 times in the academic literature and has featured widely in the national and international media.

Anthony is currently Associate Editor for BMC Psychology.

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