Brett has been involved in injury research since 2004. His primary research interests lie in the area of alcohol-related harm. He obtained his MPH in 2006 and his PhD in 2010, both from the University of Otago. Brett’s doctoral research involved measurement of both community sentiment towards alcohol, and support for local government alcohol policies in a selection of New Zealand communities. He also examined factors underlying support for alcohol controls, compared community sentiment with local government alcohol policies, and investigated local government responses to community alcohol problems over recent years. The research involved a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. Brett currently holds an Alcohol Advisory Council Post Doctoral Fellowship.