Professor Jayne

Professor Jayne Lucke

Director, ARCSHS

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Melbourne (City)

Research centres

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society


BA (Hons), PhD



Brief profile


Professor Jayne Lucke is Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society at La Trobe University and Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland's Centre for Clinical Research. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health and Associate Investigator with the Centre for Research Excellence in Women’s Health in the 21st Century. Her main area of research interest is women's sexual and reproductive health, particularly contraceptive use, patterns of fertility and sexual health.

Jayne’s background is in social and health psychology. Before coming to La Trobe University she worked at The University of Queensland where she led a research program examining the ethical and policy implications of pharmacological treatments of mental and behavioural disorders that may be used to enhance cognitive capacity. Also at UQ she coordinated the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health and worked in the Office of Public Policy and Ethics at the Institute of Molecular Bioscience. Her previous roles have included coordination of research for Blue Care, Queensland’s largest provider of community and aged care services, research administration at the University of Manchester and lecturing in psychology and research methods at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. She spent five years at the National Centre for HIV Social Research where she did her PhD examining sexual risk behaviour among young Australian women.

Recent publications

  1. Meurk C, Morphett K, Weier M, Carter A, Lucke J & Hall W. Scepticism and hope in a complex predicament: people with addictions deliberate about neuroscience. International Journal of Drug Policy (accepted 3 March 2016)
  2. Chojenta C, Lucke J, Forder P & Loxton D. Maternal health factors as risks for postnatal depression: A prospective longitudinal study. PLOS One, 11(1): e0147246. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147246
  3. Wigginton B, Harris M, Loxton D, Lucke J. A qualitative analysis of women’s explanations for changing contraception: the importance of non-contraceptive effects. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 2016 Jan 25. pii: jfprhc-2015-101184. doi: 10.1136/jfprhc-2015-101184. [Epub ahead of print]
  4. Wigginton B, Moran C, Harris M, Loxton D, Lucke J. (2015). Young women explain their contraceptive choices. Culture, Health & Sexuality (published online 15 December 2015)
  5. Lucke J. Better sex education for young people is a public health solution to the problem of advanced maternal age. American Journal of Bioethics, accepted 27 August 2015. 1088989
  6. Harris M, Loxton D, Wigginton B, Lucke J. (2015). Recruiting online: lessons from a longitudinal survey of contraception and pregnancy intentions of young Australian women. American Journal of Epidemiology, 181(10):737-46. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv006.
  7. Harris M, Loxton D, Wigginton B, Lucke J. (2015). Harris et al. Respond to “Social Media Recruitment” American Journal of Epidemiology, 181(10):750-751. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv008
  8. Steel A, Lucke J, Adams J. (2015). The prevalence and nature of preconception services by women with chronic health conditions: An integrative review. BMC Women’s Health, 15(1), 14. DOI 10.1186/s12905-015-0165-6
  9. Meurk C, Fraser D, Weier M, Lucke J, Carter A, Hall W. (2015) Assessing the place of neurobiological explanations in accounts of a family member’s addiction. Drug and Alcohol Review (published online 31 August 2015) DOI: 10.1111/dar.12318
  10. Meurk C, Carter A, Partridge B, Lucke J & Hall W. (2014). How is acceptance of the brain disease model of addiction related to Australians’ attitudes towards addicted individuals and treatments for addiction? BMC Psychiatry, 14(373). DOI:10.1186/s12888-014-0373-x.
  11. Lee N, Hall W, Lucke J, Forlini C, Carter A. (2014) Food addiction and its impact on weight-based stigma and the treatment of obese individuals in the US and Australia. Nutrients, 6(11), 5312-5326; doi:10.3390/nu6115312
  12. Wigginton B, Harris, M, Herbert D, Loxton D, Lucke J. (2014) The feminisation of contraceptive use: Australian women’s accounts of accessing contraception. Feminism & Psychology 25(2): 178–198. DOI: 10.1177/0959353514562802
  13. Harris M, Herbert D, Loxton D, Dobson A, Wigginton B, Lucke J. (2014). Recruiting young women for health surveys: traditional random sampling methods are not cost-effective. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health [Letter] 38(5). DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12281
  14. Lucke, JC (2014). The prophylactic effects of intentional contraception. American Journal of Bioethics, 14: 38-39. DOI:10.1080/15265161.2014.918207.
  15. Dixon S, Herbert D, Loxton D & Lucke J. (2014). ‘As many options as there are, there are just not enough for me’: Contraceptive use and barriers to access among Australian women. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 19: 340-351.
  16. Lucke J & Herbert D. (2014). Higher uptake of LARC and permanent contraceptive methods by Australian women living in rural and remote areas. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 38: 112-116.

Research projects

From Understanding to Action: A social research program to provide an evidence base for the implementation of the National Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections strategy under the Health Surveillance Fund. Commonwealth Department of Health, 2013-2016.

ACCORd (The Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject) NHMRC Project Grant, 2015-2018.

Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Women’s Health in the 21st Century (CREWH21).

CUPID: A longitudinal study of patterns of contraception use and access to contraceptive information, advice and services for young Australian women, ARC Linkage Project 2010-2013.

Non-medical use of prescription stimulants by Australian university students: Attitudes, prevalence of, and motivations for use, ARC Discovery Project 2013-2015.

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