School of Population Health

NCD Key Staff


Richard Taylor, MBBS (Syd), DTM&H (Lon), FRCP (UK), PhD (Syd), FAFPHM

Head Non Communicable Diseases, Professor of Public and International Health

Richard Taylor graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney, trained as a physician and completed the course on Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School. He commenced public health research investigating diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Pacific Island countries, while based at Monash University in Melbourne and was Epidemiologist at the South Pacific Commission (SPC) located in Noumea (New Caledonia) during the 1980s.  He was at the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney 1990-2004 and launched the Master of International Public Health (MIPH) at the University of Sydney in 2000. He was Professor of International Health at University of Queensland (UQ) in 2005-08, and commenced at University of NSW, School of Population Health, in 2009. He is currently Professor of Public and International Health, a Coordinator of the Master of International Public Health Program and is involved in several international research studies, including mortality and cause of death, and control of NCD in Pacific Island Countries, and in several national research studies, including Indigenous mortality assessment. He has over 400 publications, many addressing the epidemiological transition and non-communicable disease (NCD) epidemiology and control, particularly cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, in the international context. Richard is the course convenor of the Masters elective course PHCM9786 Global Non-Communicable Disease (NCD): Population Approaches 


Professor Richard Taylor, UNSW


Stephen Morrell, BSc (Syd), BA(Hons) (Syd), PhD (Syd)

Senior Research Fellow

Stephen Morrell has a PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics and 24 years experience in public health research. His content expertise is in suicide, cancer and cancer screening. His methodological expertise is in statistical inference and modelling, study design and evaluation of health interventions. In 2011 he received a lifetime award for research into suicide from Suicide Prevention Australia. Stephen currently is employed as a Senior Research Fellow at the School and contributes to biostatistical analyses.


Sophia Lin, BSc(Nutr)(Hons) (Syd), MPH (Syd), PhD (UNSW)

Associate Lecturer

Sophia Lin has been with the School of Population Health at UNSW since 2011. Sophia is a dietitian and nutritionist, with additional public health training. She is a researcher with the International NCD Research Group and an Associate Lecturer at the School of Population Health (SPH). Sophia completed her PhD in diabetes epidemiology and her expertise is in chronic disease monitoring and control in the Asia-Pacific region. She also has experience in clinical and public health nutrition, and human resources for health development in developing countries.


Christine Linhart, BSc (ECU), MIPH (UNSW)

Associate Lecturer

Christine Linhart has worked in the School of Population Health (SPH) at UNSW since 2011 and is currently completing her PhD in Cardiovascular Disease Surveillance and Control in the Pacific. Christine specialised as a critical care/emergency registered nurse before completing a Master of International Public Health at UNSW. Since joining Professor Taylor’s team at the School Christine has worked on several non-communicable disease projects in the Pacific and Sri Lanka. Christine is also a co-investigator of the Australian Government funded three-year research project ‘Non-communicable disease risk factors and premature mortality in Pacific Island countries and predictive modelling of effects of inaction and control interventions.’ Christine has completed international consultancies analysing trends in mortality (neonatal, infant, child and adult) and life expectancy in Pacific Island Countries and Territories. In 2012 Christine was awarded the Support for Research Outcomes Prize from the School for outstanding contribution to public health research. Christine is the course coordinator of the Masters elective course PHCM9786 Global Non-Communicable Disease (NCD): Population Approaches.


Christine Linhart