The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

EMCR Subcommittee

The Early to Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) Subcommittee can be contacted by members if you have a question or are seeking advice, the subcommittee 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. Read More  | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 Dr Benjamin Riordan, La Trobe University, Victoria
Dr Benjamin Riordan, La Trobe University. 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.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 Dr Cassandra Wright, NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin
Cassandra Wright is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. Her research focuses on alcohol as a public health issue and she currently works on evaluations of major alcohol policies and programs in the Northern Territory. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research and Burnet Institute. Through these collaborations she continues her work focused on alcohol use among middle-aged women and working mothers (CAPR) and young people’s health and wellbeing (Burnet). She holds a PhD in public health and undergraduate qualifications in health promotion. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 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. Read More | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Carmen Lim, Carmen Lim, National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research, The University of Queensland

Carmen Lim is a PhD candidate at the National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research, The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the trends and harms associated with cannabis vaping. Prior to her PhD, she was a statistician on a WorldCarmen Lim is a PhD candidate at the National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research, The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the trends and harms associated with cannabis vaping. Prior to her PhD, she was a statistician on a WorldHealth Organization project where she used the World Mental Health Surveys to examine the antecedent risk factors and outcomes of psychotic experiences and comorbidity between mental disorders. She has an MSc in Medical Statistics and holds an NHMRC PostgraduateResearch Scholarship, UQResearch Training Stipend, and a Research Higher Degree Top-Up Scholarship 

Dr Christina Marel, Senior Research Fellow, Sydney Medical School / The Matilda Centre
APSAD EMCR Council Representative, NSW
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. Read More | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Jai Whelan, University of Otago, Aotearoa/New Zealand
Jai Whelan (Ngāi Te Rangi) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago. His PhD is exploring MDMA use and users in Aotearoa, utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methods. Jai has a wide range of interests including the therapeutic and recreational use of drugs, harm reduction and drug policy. He is the current secretary for Students for Sensible Drug Policy Aotearoa and has experience volunteering for the drug-checking service KnowYourStuffNZ: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..nz
 
Laura Robinson, School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, NSW

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Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, Manager, Australian Gambling Research Centre, Australian Institute of Family Studies, VIC
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. Read More | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Sarah Clifford, PhD candidate with Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, NT
Her PhD seeks to understand how recent alcohol policy changes in the NT are impacting violence against women. She has previously worked on other alcohol policy, and social and emotional wellbeing program evaluations, as well as a number of youth health engagement projects. Read More | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Seraina Agramunt, National Drug Research Institute (NDRI), EnAble Institute,  Curtin University, WA
Seraina is a Research Associate at the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University who has been coordinating various Naloxone evaluation programs which have been instrumental in contributing to the advocacy and program funding for Naloxone. She has also been coordinating the WA arm of the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS), an ongoing national illicit drug monitoring system which analyses the use, market features, harms and trends of the major illicit drugs. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.