Dr Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan





My multi-disciplinary expertise combines backgrounds in economics, international development, and epidemiology and population health. As of 2016, I am appointed through the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) contributing to work programs on ageing well and productively. In the past 8 years, I have been a principal analyst working with the Thai health-risk transition: A national cohort study (funded by the Wellcome Trust UK and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council) resulting in over 50 peer-reviewed articles on equity access to health service, injury epidemiology, and social determinants of health and wellbeing.

In 2014, I was appointed an 18-month Fellowship supported by the World Health Organization Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies leading a comparative study on health system responses to ageing and non-communicable diseases. In 2016, I was also awarded an Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Department of Education and Training to conduct collaborative research based on the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing at University College London.

I am currently supervising PhD students on a range of topics (ageing and wellbeing in Vietnam, incident diabetes and nutrition labelling in Thailand, and health systems research in South Korea) as well as an honours student and a medical student. I have contributed to postgraduate teaching in contemporary issues in public health, health policy and administration, analysis of public health data, global health, and social determinants of health.


Research interests

  • Lifecourse epidemiology;
  • Social determinants of health;
  • Population ageing and wellbeing;
  • Health systems in developing countries;
  • Longitudinal cohort study


Yiengprugsawan V, Horta BL, Motta JV, Gigante D, et al. (2016). Body size dynamics in young adults: 8-year follow up of cohorts in Brazil and Thailand. Nutrition and Diabetes. 6(7):e219. doi: 10.1038/nutd.2016.24.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Leach L, Berecki-Gisolf J, et al. (2016). Caregiving and mental health among workers: Longitudinal evidence from a large cohort of adults in Thailand. Social Science and Medicine – Population Health. 2: 149-154. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.01.004.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Lazzarino AI, Steptoe A, et al. (2015). Psychosocial job characteristics, wealth, and culture: differential effects on mental health in the UK and Thailand. Globalization and Health. 8;11(1):31. doi: 10.1186/s12992-015-0116-x.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Strazdins L, Lim LL, et al. (2015). Physically and psychologically hazardous jobs and mental health in Thailand. Health Promotion International. 30(3): 531-541. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dat080.

·      Tran TT, Yiengprugsawan C, Chinwong D, et al. (2015). Environmental tobacco smoke exposure and health disparities: 8-year longitudinal findings from a large cohort of Thai adults. BMC Public Health. 15: 1217. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2547-y.

·      Zhao J, Pachanee CA, Yiengprugsawan V, et al. (2015). Smoking, smoking cessation, and 7-year mortality in a cohort of Thai adults. Population Health Metrics. 13:30.  doi: 10.1186/s12963-015-0062-0.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Banwell C, Zhao J, et al. (2014). Relationship between body mass index reference and all-cause mortality: evidence from a large cohort of Thai adults. Journal of Obesity. doi: 10.1155/2014/708606.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Berecki-Gisolf J, Bain C, et al. (2014). Predictors of injury mortality: findings from a large national cohort in Thailand. BMJ Open. 4(6):e004668. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004668.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Berecki-Gisolf J, McClure R, et al. (2014). The effect of injuries on health measured by short form 8 among a large cohort of Thai adults. PLoS One. 9(2):e88903. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0088903..

·      Korda RJ, Paige E, Yiengprugsawan V, et al. (2014). Income-related inequalities in chronic conditions, physical functioning and psychological distress among older people in Australia: cross-sectional findings from the 45 and up study. BMC Public Health. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-741.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Hogan A, Strazdins L. (2013). Longitudinal analysis of ear infection and hearing impairment: findings from 6-year prospective cohorts of Australian children. BMC Pediatrics. 13:28. doi: 10.1186/1471-2431-13-28.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Hogan A, Harley D, et al. (2012). Epidemiological associations of hearing impairment and health among a national cohort of 87134 adults in Thailand. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. 24(6):1013-22.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Harley D, Seubsman SA, Sleigh AC. (2012). Physical and mental health among caregivers: findings from a cross-sectional study of Open University students in Thailand. BMC Public Health. 12:1111. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-1111.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Seubsman S, Sleigh AC. (2012). Psychological distress and mental health of Thai caregivers. Psychology of Wellbeing. 2(4):1-11

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Stephan K, McClure R, et al. (2012). Risk factors for injury in a national cohort of 87,134 Thai adults. Public Health. 126(1):33-9.

·      Li C, Yu X, Butler JR, Yiengprugsawan V, Yu M. (2011). Moving towards universal health insurance in China: performance, issues and lessons from Thailand. Social Science & Medicine. 73(3):359-66.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Kelly M, Seubsman S, Sleigh AC. (2011). The first 10 years of the Universal Coverage Scheme in Thailand: review of its impact on health inequalities and lessons learnt for middle-income countries. Australasian Epidemiologist. 17(3): 24-26.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Carmichael GA, Lim LL-Y, et al (2011). Explanation of inequality in utilization of ambulatory care before and after universal health insurance in Thailand. Health Policy and Planning. 26(2):105-14.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Carmichael GA, Lim LL-Y, et al (2010). Has universal health insurance reduced socioeconomic inequalities in urban and rural health service use in Thailand? Health & Place. 16(5):1030-7.

·      Yiengprugsawan V, Lim LL, Carmichael GA, et al. (2009). Tracking and decomposing health and disease inequality in Thailand. Annals of Epidemiology. 19(11):800-7.

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