The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

EMCR Committee

The Early-Mid Career Researchers (EMCR) Subcommittee can be contacted by members if you have a question or are seeking advice, the committee is happy to share their experiences and insights.   

 Dr Amy Peacock, University of Tasmania and National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW
 Dr Amy Peacock (BA Hons, PhD) is a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow (2016-2019) at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, and a Research Fellow in the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania. 
 
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 Mr Ben Riordan, University of Otago, Dunedin

Benjamin’s research focuses on young adult alcohol use and using emerging technologies to both collect data and deliver intervention material. His PhD focused on heavy alcohol use during the transition to university and designing brief interventions for students during the transition. 

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 Ms Cassandra Wright, Research Fellow, Burnet Institute Victoria 
Cassandra’s research is focused on young people’s health and risk behaviours, with major projects focused on alcohol consumption, pornography exposure, sexual harassment and exposure to ‘fitspo’ on social media. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methods. Her PhD focused on the development, testing and translation of a mobile phone-delivered intervention for reducing risky alcohol consumption in young adults titled MIDY (Mobile Intervention for Drinking in Young people).
 
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 Ms Carina Walters, The University of Auckland New Zealand.
Carina Walters is a PhD candidate with the University of Auckland, having previously worked clinically as a pharmacist within community alcohol and drug services for 15 years. She has been involved in a variety of research endeavours including; the use of methylphenidate for the management of methamphetamine dependence, evaluating online training in OST for community pharmacists and the evaluation of clinical guidance for transfer from methadone to buprenorphine. Her PhD topic is exploring the management of pharmaceutical opioid dependence from consumer and clinician perspectives

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Dr Catherine Quinn, Research Fellow - Lives Lived Well School of Psychology, University of Queensland
Catherine holds an industry-funded Lives Lived Well Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the School of Psychology, University of Queensland, and is also a registered clinical psychologist. Catherine has over ten years of experience in school-based research focused on bullying, alcohol use, wellbeing and mental health among young people. She also has clinical experience working with children and young people in community and acute care settings. 
 
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Dr Christina Marel, Senior Research Fellow, Sydney Medical School / The Matilda Centre
Dr Christina Marel is a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC TRIP fellow (2019-2021) at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on improving our understanding of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in complex populations, and translating evidence-based resources to clinicians and community members.

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 Ms Kerryn Butler,  Research Officer, Sydney Local Health District 
Kerryn's research field is in Public Health, Clinical Pharmacology and Addiction Medicine. She is undertaking her PhD in Public Health on the topic of Hepatitis C testing and treatment among people who inject drugs.
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Ms Pene Wood,  Lecturer, Pharmacy & Biomedical SciLa Trobe University 
Pene has worked in Community Pharmacy for over 10 years. She also now works as an Opioid Management Clinical Advisor as part of the Opioid Management Team within Western Victoria PHN. Pene is undertaking her PhD looking at opioid dependence including prevention, intervention and management, particularly with pharmaceutical opioids.
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Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, Manager, Australian Gambling Research Centre, Australian Institute of Family Studies
Dr Rebecca Jenkinson is a Senior Research Fellow (Gambling, Alcohol and Other Drugs) and Manager of the Australian Gambling Research Centre. She also holds an Honorary Burnet Institute Fellow position in the Behaviours and Health Risks Program at the Burnet Institute and an Adjunct Lecturer position in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.
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Dr Suzanne Nielsen,  Associate Professor & Deputy Director, Monash Addiction Research Centre Monash University
A/Prof Suzanne Nielsen (BPharm Hons, PhD, MPS) is a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow (2019-2022) at the Monash Addiction Research Centre, Monash University.  Her current research focuses on identifying and responding to pharmaceutical drug problems, and emerging trends with opioid-related harm.

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