Dr Nam Tran has a background in Sociology. He holds a BA from Academy of Journalism and Communication, a MA from Brown University, and PhD from the University of Queensland. Tran’s research covers a wide range of topics: alcohol consumption related women health, school bullying and adolescent health, social inequality, social networks, and education among disadvantaged children. Tran has expertise in longitudinal data analyses from developed and developing countries examining changing social behaviours over life course and their implications for social consequences, reproductive health, well-being, and mental health outcomes.

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland, Tran has been involved in the study of educational outcomes among disadvantaged children and young people in Australia where he is particularly interested in examining how individual background, community, and family contexts influence disadvantaged children's educational post-school plan and educational attainment. Tran's current work includes studying the association between intergenerational class mobility and social networks, and social networks and mental health among Australian adults.


Alcohol consumption by reproductive-aged women: patterns, predictors, social and health consequences (A prospective birth-cohort study of women and their offspring)


  • Life course study
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Quantitative data analysis methods
  • Social stratification and inequality
  • Drug and Alcohol Research
  • Publications

    Tran, N. T., Najman, J. M., & Hayatbakhsh, R. (2015). Predictors of maternal drinking trajectories before and after pregnancy: evidence from a longitudinal study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,55(2), 123-130.

    Tran, N. T., Williams, G. M., Alati, R., & Najman, J. M. (2015). Trajectories and predictors of alcohol consumption over 21 years of mothers׳ reproductive life course. SSM-Population Health, 1, 40-47.

    Tran, N. T., Clavarino, A., Williams, G., & Najman, J. M. (2016). Gender differences in the prospective association between maternal alcohol consumption trajectories and young adult offspring’s problem gambling at 30 years. Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health, 6(1), 1.

    Tran, N. T., Clavarino, A., Williams, G. M., and Najman, J. M. (2016) Life course outcomes for women with different alcohol consumption trajectories: A population-based longitudinal study. Drug and Alcohol Review, doi: 10.1111/dar.12428.



Staff Details

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • MA in Sociology (Brown University)
  • PhD in Sociology (UQ)