Ms Tianze Sun

Senior Research Officer

National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Tianze Sun is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research at The University of Queensland. Tianze received her Bachelor of Psychological Science with first-class honours in 2019 from UQ and later in 2024, her PhD investigating the public health benefits and costs of vaping products in Psychology.

Her current research focuses on evaluating and optimising public health policies to minimise the harm associated with youth substance use. Tianze's work employs a multidisciplinary approach, combining co-design with young people, working with generative AI, analysis of large-scale epidemiological data, and social media data mining to address these complex challenges. She is passionate about leveraging cutting-edge technologies and collaborating with diverse stakeholders to develop innovative solutions that have a positive impact in the lives of young people.

Tianze has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals such as JAMA Paediatrics, Addiction, and Tobacco Control. Her work has attracted significant national and international attention, with features in outlets like The Guardian, Forbes, and ABC News.

She works with an exceptionally talented team of researchers from various disciplines and is always keen to work with motivated students and collaborators who share her passions.


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