Dr Kylie Morphett

Research Fellow

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 334 64689


Dr Kylie Morphett completed her PhD in November 2016 and has since worked as a Research Fellow at the UQ School of Public Health. Prior to beginning her PhD, she worked in a number of non-profit health-related roles, including as a Research Officer at the Cancer Council Queensland Viertel Cancer Research Centre, and as Project Officer at Active Ageing Australia, where she developed health promotion materials aimed at older adults. Her PhD research investigated how smokers understand the neuroscience of nicotine addiction and how this influences their sense of self-efficacy and choice of cessation methods. It also explored barriers to the use of best practice smoking cessation pharmacotherapies.

Dr Morphett's current research is focused on health communication related to tobacco and nicotine products, as well as emerging environmental contaminants. She has expertise in mixed methods research, including systematic reviews, qualitative data analysis and the development and analysis of cross-sectional surveys. She has a strong interest in environmental health communication, and is an investigator on a grant from the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health (QAEHS) to investigate public risk perceptions of environmental contamination with per- and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) from fire-fighting foams. She has been awarded a UQ Early Career Researcher grant for her project “Understanding risk perceptions of emerging environmental contaminants” and is part of a national collaboration of researchers and practitioners exploring ways to address the social consequences of PFAS.

Research Interests

  • tobacco control
  • environmental health literacy
  • public understandings of health and illness
  • risk perception and communication
  • health communication


  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), University of Adelaide
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


  • Puljevic, Cheneal, Morphett, Kylie, Hefler, Marita, Edwards, Richard, Walker, Natalie, Thomas, David, Khan, Arifuzzaman, Perusco, Andrew, Le Grande, Michael, Cullerton, Katherine, Ait Ouakrim, Driss, Carstensen, Georgia, Sellars, David, Hoek, Janet, Borland, Ron, Bonevski, Billie, Blakely, Tony, Brolan, Claire and Gartner, Coral (2022). Closing the Gaps in Tobacco Endgame Evidence: A Scoping Review. Tobacco Control, 31 (2), 365-375. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2021-056579

  • Morphett, Kylie, Fraser, Doug, Borland, Ron, Hall, Wayne, Walker, Natalie, Bullen, Chris and Gartner, Coral (2021). A pragmatic randomised comparative trial of e-cigarettes and other nicotine products for quitting or long-term substitution in smokers. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 24 (7), 1079-1088. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntab266

  • Morphett, Kylie and Gartner, Coral (2021). Informed choice in the context of tobacco use disorder. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 24 (1), 1-2. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntab215

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