A/PROF Louise Keogh

A/PROF Louise Keogh


  • Sociology of health and illness, Health decision-making, perceptions of risk, health technologies (Genetic testing, contraception and abortion, mammography, communication between the expert and lay person, research translation)



  • A/Prof Louise Keogh is a health sociologist, but began her academic life in the Chemistry Department at the University of Western Australia. After graduating and working as a research chemist with a mining company, Louise retrained in sociology by completing a Masters degree in the Sociology department at Monash University. She then pursued social research in health at the Centre for the Study of STDs at La Trobe University and completed her PhD on emergency contraception in the School of Public Health, La Trobe in 2003. SInce 2003 Louise has been at the University of Melbourne, and in 2009, Louise took up a continuing position as Lecturer (Women’s Health) at the Key Centre for Women's Health in Society. She has previously held a National Health and Medical Research Council Scholarship and Post Doctoral Training Fellowship. Louise specialises in qualitative methodology and her areas of research include lay and expert understandings of cancer risk, and cancer risk management, decision-making about genetic testing, as well as an ongoing interest in contraceptive decision-making and abortion.   


Member of

  • Public Health Association of Australia. member 1998 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Vaughan C, Keogh LA, Bayly C, Tobin J, Murdolo A. FGM in Regional Australia: Research to Practice. Department of Health and Ageing, $79,997, 2013.

    Vaughan C, Keogh LA, Bayly C, Tobin J, Sadler L, Mahmoud M. Listening to North Yarra communities about female genital cutting: Generating evidence to inform health promotion and clinical practice. Melbourne Social Equity Institute Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, $30,000, 2012.

    Vaughan C, Keogh LA, Bayly C, Tobin J, Sadler L, Mahmoud M. Engaging communities affected by female genital cutting in inner Melbourne: Building partnerships to increase understanding and inform health services. University of Melbourne Staff Engagement Project Grant, $10,000, 2012.

    English D, Pirkis J, Kavanagh A, Hopper J, Dharmage S, Giles-Corti B, Sanci L, Studdert D, Scott T, Crofts N, Room R, Gunn J, Fairley C, Carlin J, Kelaher M, Hocking J, LaMontagne T, Keogh LA, Patton G, Degenhardt L, Ames D, Lloyd B, White P. Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health. Department of Health and Ageing, $6,896,754, 2011-2013.

    Keogh LA, Young MA, Heriot A, Lynch A, Parry S, Trainer A. A qualitative study of the experience of subtotal versus segmental colorectal cancer resection in individuals with a high metachronous CRC risk. Victorian Cancer Agency, $78, 285, 2011-2012.

    Hopper J, Jass J, Jenkins M, Young J, Amor D, Antill Y, Buchanan D, Dite G, Dow C, English D, Giles G, Goldblatt J, Haydon A, Jaskowski L, Keogh L, Kirk J, Leggett B, Lipton L, Macrae F, Maskiell J, Parry S, Southey M, Suthers G, Tucker K, Walsh M, Winship I, Young G. ‘Colorectal Cancer Family Registry: Australasia.’ Funded by the National Institutes of Health (USA), $6,204,882 (2009-2012)

    Hopper J, Apicella C, Keogh L, Kirkman M, Peacock S. ‘Screening practices in women with and without a personal family history of breast cancer: a population-based study.’ Funded by Cancer Australia and T   


Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 2003
  • PhD, La Trobe University 2003
  • MA, Monash University 1998
  • BSc(Hons), The University of Western Australia 1991

Awards and honors

  • For ~Abortion in Victoria: Where are we now? Where do we want to go?~, Award for Excellence in Knowledge Transfer 2008, Melbourne School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne., 2008
  • 2008 Travelling Fellowship, The Harold Mitchell Foundation, 2008
  • Manuscript Sponsorship, The Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers, Melbourne School of Graduate Research, The University of Melbourne, 2007
  • PhD Scholarship, National Health and Medical Research Council, 1998
  • Best Proffered Paper, VenSouth �97 IUVDT HIV/STD 5th World Congress, 1997
  • Best Poster in the Psychosocial Stream, The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine Conference, 1996



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available to supervise students who would like research training in the discipline of health sociology and qualitative methodology.