Professor Gita Mishra

Head of School

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
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Professor Gita Mishra’s main research area is on life course epidemiology and women’s health.

Professor Mishra is Head of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division and Professor of Life Course Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of Queensland (UQ). She is also Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health (ALSWH). Prior to this, she was a Programme Leader at the MRC unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, University College London, UK.

Professor Mishra is currently an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow (2018-2022) and previously held a prestigous ARC Future Fellowship (2013-2017). She is internationally recognized for her expertise in women’s health and life course epidemiology, especially the links between reporductive characteriestics and non-commuunicable diseases (NCDs) in later life, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Professor Mishra has more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, including as co-editor of a key academic textbook on Family Based Studies. She is an accredited Chartered Scientist (Science Council) and Chartered Statistician (UK, Royal Statistical Society). In 2017, she was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS); awarded honorary membership of Sigma International, a global nursing organisation, for her contribution to women’s health; and was elected as an board member for the European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS).

In addtion to research related to ALSWH, her current work includes leading the InterLACE project, a major international collaborative research programme on reproductive health and chronic disease that combines data from more than 500,000 women from 25 studies in 10 countries. In early 2016 she presented findings from her research at a co-hosted event with the Australian Government at the UN Commission for the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. In the UN CSW in 2016 and 2017 she was an expert panelist for the WHO event on women and NCDs.


  • PhD in Statistics, The University of Auckland
  • Master of Sciences, The University of Auckland
  • Bachelor Science Mathmatics and Computer Science, University of Manitoba


  • Cao, Sifan, Jones, Mark, Tooth, Leigh and Mishra, Gita D. (2020) History of premenstrual syndrome and development of postpartum depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 121 82-90. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2019.11.010

  • Hill, Briony, Ling, Mathew, Mishra, Gita, Moran, Lisa J., Teede, Helena J., Bruce, Lauren and Skouteris, Helen (2019) Lifestyle and psychological factors associated with pregnancy intentions: findings from a longitudinal cohort study of Australian women. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 24: . doi:10.3390/ijerph16245094

  • The Sex and Gender Sensitive Research Call to Action Group, Wainer, Zoe, Carcel, Cheryl, Hickey, Martha, Schiebinger, Londa, Schmiede, Annette, McKenzie, Briar, Jenkins, Christine, Webster, Jacqui, Woodward, Mark, Hehir, Angela, Solomon, Benjamin, de Costa, Caroline, Lukaszyk, Caroline, Colville, Deborah J., Dempsey, Erika, Wright, Gavin M., Mishra, Gita D., Fisher, Jane R. W., Kulkarni, Jayashri, Mitchell, Julie Anne, Hutchison, Katrina, Thompson, Kelly, Jorm, Louisa, Chappell, Louise, van der Meulen, Maarinke, Henry, Amanda, DiGiacomo, Michelle, Huxley, Rachel, Ivers, Rebecca, Peters, Sanne, Rogers, Wendy A., Wang, Xia and Norton, Robyn (2019) Sex and gender in health research: updating policy to reflect evidence. Medical Journal of Australia, . doi:10.5694/mja2.50426

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Book Chapter

  • Mishra, Gita D. (2017). Menopause, a stage in the life of women. In Menopause: a comprehensive approach (pp. 3-7) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-59318-0_1

  • Mishra, Gita D., Kuh, Diana and Ben-Shlomo, Yoav (2015). Life course epidemiology. In James D. Wright (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (pp. 67-75) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.14085-1

  • Ben-Shlomo, Yoav, Mishra, Gita and Kuh, Diana (2014). Life course epidemiology. In Handbook of Epidemiology: Second Edition (pp. 1521-1549) New York, USA: Springer New York. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-09834-0_56

  • Tom, Sarah E. and Mishra, Gita D. (2013). A life course approach to reproductive aging. In Volodymyr Dvornyk (Ed.), Current topics in menopause (pp. 3-19) Sharjah, United Arab Emirates ; Oak Park, Ill United States: Bentham Science Publishers. doi:10.2174/9781608054534113010004

  • Cooper, Cyrus, Sayer, Avan Aihie, Mishra, Gita and Kuh, Di (2009). Developmental origins of musculoskeletal disease. In John P. Newnham and Michael G. Ross (Ed.), Early life origins of human health and disease (pp. 100-112) New York, NY, United States: Karger. doi:10.1159/000221157

  • Brown, W. J., Mishra, G., Kenardy, J. A. and Dobson, A. J. (2001). Too fat, too thin, just right: What is a healthy weight for young women?. In C. Lee (Ed.), Women's Health Australia Progress on the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health 1995-2000 (pp. 114-119) Brisbane, Australia: Australian Academic Press.

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