Dr Sonja de New (née Kassenboehmer) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics at Monash Business School. Her research focuses on the economics of mental health and human development with a particular focus on disadvantaged populations. Her research projects investigate the impact of insecure work and financial stress on decision-making, productivity and life outcomes.

Sonja is also working on several projects related to risky behaviours, in particular, the role of economic disadvantage and the evaluation of various policy changes to reduce risky behaviours. Understanding which active policies are effective and ineffective will ultimately help policymakers reduce government expenditure and societal costs.

Her current research is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Sonja’s articles can be found in such journals as the Economic Journal, Industrial and Labour Relations Review, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Labour Economics, Journal of Human Capital and Journal of Economic Psychology.