Publications

Since 2005 Renata has published extensively in the area of the sociology of health and illness.

Book chapters


Kokanovic R & Philip B. (2014) ‘Emotional talk: Depression, diagnosis and disclosure’. In Davis M & Manderson L. (eds) Disclosure in Health and Illness, London: Routledge.

Kokanovic R. (2012, 2nd edition) ‘Exiles’. In Beilharz P & Hogan T. (eds) Sociology: Antipodean Perspectives, Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Kokanovic R. (2011) ‘The Diagnosis of Depression in an International Context’. In Pilgrim D, Rogers A & Pescosolido B. (eds) Handbook of mental health and mental disorders: perspectives from social sciences, London: Sage.

Petersen A, Kokanovic R & Hansen S. (2002) ‘Consumerism and Mental Health Care in a Culturally Diverse Society’. In Henderson S & Petersen A. (eds) Consuming Health: The Commodification of Health Care, London: Routledge.

Edited journal issue


Ziebland S & Kokanovic R. (2012) Emotions and Chronic IllnessChronic Illness. 8(3): 159-236.

Peer-reviewed journal articles (2007 onwards)


Bozic-Vrbancic S, Kokanovic R and Kupsjak J. (accepted 22 Nov 2016). “I am tired from all of these feelings”: Narrating suffering in the film ‘Sick’. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.

Pienaar K, Moore D, Fraser S, Kokanovic R, Treloar C & Dilkes-Frayne E. (2016). Diffracting addicting binaries: An analysis of personal accounts of alcohol and other drug ‘addiction’. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/1363459316674062

Stone M & Kokanovic R. (2016) “Halfway towards recovery”: Rehabilitating the relational self in narratives of postnatal depression. Social Science & Medicine. 163: 98-106.

Kokanovic R & Bozic-Vrbancic S. (2015) Being marked as different: The emotional politics of experiences of depression and migrant belongings. Emotion, Space and Society. 16: 130-137.

Smith L, Hill N & Kokanovic R. (2015) Experiences of depression, the role of social support and its impact on health outcomes. Journal of Mental Health. 24(6): 342-346.

Ridge D, Kokanovic R, Broom A, Kirkpatrick S, Anderson C & Tanner C. (2015) “My dirty little habit”: Patient constructions of antidepressant use and the ‘crisis’ of legitimacy. Social Science & Medicine. 146: 53-61.

Lewis S, Willis K, Kokanovic R & Pirotta M. (2015) ‘I’m managing myself’: How and why people use St John’s wort as a strategy to manage their mental health risk. Health, Risk & Society.  17(5-6): 439-457.

Pienaar K, Fraser S, Kokanovic R, Moore D, Treloar C & Dunlop A. (2015) New narratives, new selves: Complicating addiction in on-line alcohol and other drug resources. Addiction Research and Theory. 23(6): 499-509.

Anderson C, Kirkpatrick S, Ridge D, Kokanovic R & Tanner C. (2015) Starting antidepressant use: a qualitative synthesis of UK and Australian data. British Medical Journal Open. 5(12): 1-9.

Niner S, Kokanovic R, Cuthbert D & Cho V. (2014) ‘Here nobody holds your heart’: Metaphoric and embodied emotions of birth and displacement among Karen women in Australia. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 28(3): 362–380.

Kokanovic R, Bendelow G & Philip B. (2013) Depression: The Ambivalence of DiagnosisSociology of Health & Illness. 35(3): 377-390.

Kokanovic R, Butler E, Halilovich H, Palmer V, Griffiths F, Dowrick C & Gunn J. (2013) Maps, Models and Narratives: The Ways People Talk About DepressionQualitative Health Research. 23(1): 114-125.

Niner S, Kokanovic R & Cuthbert D. (2013) Displaced Mothers: Birth and Settlement, Gratitude and ComplaintMedical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness. 32(6): 353-551.

Ziebland S & Kokanovic R. (2012) Emotions and chronic illness, Chronic Illness. 8(3): 159-162. (editorial)

Boardman F, Griffiths F, Kokanovic R, Potiriadis M, Dowrick C & Gunn J. (2011) Resilience as a Response to the Stigma of Depression, Journal of Affective Disorders. 135(1-3): 267-276.

Kokanovic R & Stone M. (2010) Doctors and other dangers: Bosnian refugee narratives of suffering and survival in Western AustraliaSocial Theory & Health. 8(4): 350-369.

Kokanovic R, May C, Dowrick C, Furler J, Newton D & Gunn J. (2010) Negotiations of distress between East Timorese and Vietnamese refugees and their family doctors in MelbourneSociology of Health and Illness. 32(4):511-527.

Killingsworth B, Kokanovic R, Than H & Dowrick C. (2010) A Care-Full diagnosis: Three Vietnamese Australian Women and Their Accounts of Becoming “Mentally Ill”Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 4(1): 108-123.

Furler J & Kokanovic R. (2010) Mental health: Cultural competenceAustralian Family Physician. 39(4): 206-208.

Furler J, Kokanovic R, Dowrick C, May C, Newton D & Gunn J. (2010) Managing Depression Among Ethnic Communities: A Qualitative StudyAnnals of Family Medicine. 8(3): 231-236.

Palmer V, Gunn J, Kokanovic R, Griffiths F, Shrimpton B, Hurworth R, Herrman H, Johnson C, Hegarty K, Blashki G, Butler E, Johnston-Ataata K & Dowrick C (2010) Diverse voices, simple desires: a conceptual design for primary care to respond to depression and related disordersFamily Practice. 27: 447-458.

Griffiths F, Borkan J, Byrne D, Crabtree B, Dowrick C, Gunn J, Kokanovic R, Lamb S, Lindenmeyer A, Parchman M, Reis S & Sturt J. (2010) Developing evidence for how to tailor medical intervention for the individual patientQualitative Health Research. 20(12): 1049-7323.

Gunn J, Palmer V, Dowrick C, Herman H, Griffiths F, Kokanovic R, Hegarty K, Johnson C, Potiriadis M & May C. (2010) Embedding effective depression care: using theory for primary care organisational and systems changeImplementation Science. 5(1): 62-15.

Kokanovic R, Furler J, May C, Dowrick C, Herrman H, Evert H & Gunn J. (2009) The politics of conducting research on depression in a cross-cultural contextQualitative Health Research. 19(5): 708-717.

Manderson L & Kokanovic R. (2009) “Worried all the Time:” Distress and the Circumstances of Everyday Life among Immigrant Australians with Type 2 DiabetesChronic Illness. 5(1): 21-32.

Johnson C, Gunn J & Kokanovic R. (2009) Depression recovery from the primary care patient’s perspective: ‘hear it in my voice and see it in my eyes’Mental Health in Family Medicine. 6: 49-55.

Kokanovic R, Dowrick C, Butler E, Herrman H, & Gunn J. (2008) Lay accounts of depression amongst Anglo-Australian residents and East African refugeesSocial Science & Medicine. 66(2): 454-466.

Dowrick C, Kokanovic R, Hegarty K, Griffiths F & Gunn J. (2008) Resilience and depression: perspectives from primary careHealth: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Social Study Of Health, Illness and Medicine. 12(4): 439-452.

Gunn J, Palmer V, Naccarella L, Kokanovic R, Pope C, Lathlean J & Stange K. (2008) The promise and pitfalls of generalism in achieving the Alma-Ata vision of health for allMedical Journal of Australia. 189(2): 110-112.

Kokanovic R & Manderson L. (2007) Exploring Doctor – Patient Communication in Immigrant Australians with Type 2 Diabetes: A Qualitative StudyJournal of General Internal Medicine. 22(4): 459-463.

Minas H, Klimidis S & Kokanovic R. (2007) Depression in multicultural Australia: Policies, research and servicesAustralia and New Zealand Health Policy. 4(1): 1-11.

Research reports and monographs (2008 onwards)


Johnston-Ataata K & Kokanovic R. (2014) ‘I didn’t know who I was anymore’ – myths vs realities of early parenthood, The Conversation (Australian edition). The Conversation Media Group, Australia.

Kokanovic R. (2012) Perinatal depression (PD) in refugee communities: A pilot study. A research report prepared for beyondblue: the national depression and anxiety initiative.

Kokanovic R & Hill N. (2012) Personal experiences of health and illness on the internet: A literature review. Review prepared for the Transport Accident Commission, Worksafe, and the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research.

Kokanovic R, Martinac K & Harindranath R. (2010) Space Of Dialogue: Evaluation Of Strengthening Family Wellbeing: A Strategy To Support Families From Refugee Backgrounds. Evaluation report prepared for Foundation House: The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture.

Kokanovic R, Gunn J, Newton D, Furler J, Dowrick C, Herrman H, Hansen E & May C. (2008) Depression care in the Australian primary care setting – Experiences of East Timorese and Vietnamese communities and their family doctors. Australian Primary Care Research Institute (APHCRI). The Australian National University. Canberra.

Gunn J, Kokanovic R, Palmer V, Potiriadis M, Johnston AtaAta K, Dowrick C, Griffiths F, Hegarty K, Herrman H, Gilchrist G, Blashki G and the RE-ORDER team (2008) Care of depression in the Australian primary health care setting. A report submitted to the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI). The Australian National University. Canberra.