Monika Janda is the Professor in Behavioural Science at the Centre for Health Services Research, University of Queensland, Faculty of Medicine. She is a health psychologist with a research background in cancer prevention and quality of life research. Her two main research interests are i) prevention and early detection of cancer (in particular melanoma); and ii) improving clinical and supportive care for cancer patients (in particular gynaecological cancers). In 2017, she won the Scopus highly cited researcher award for women in research. She was the chair (2014-2016) of the scientific advisory committee of the psycho-oncology clinical trials group (now immediate past chair), and a member of the Queensland Epidemiology Group organising committee. Internationally she is an organising member of the prevention committee, of the International Psycho-Oncology Society. Professor Janda has published over 200 refereed journal articles and several book chapters.
Before she joined the University of Queensland in 2018, she was Principal Research Fellow with the School of Public Health and Social Work (2006-2017), and the Theme Leader Health Determinants and Health System, Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (2014-2017). Before joining QUT she was a research fellow for the Melanoma Screening trial with the Cancer Council Queensland.