Researcher biography

I am a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellow in the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research. I am a passionate advocate for the scientist-practitioner model and maintain my clinical practice as a Visiting Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital's Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit.

In 2013, I was the recipient of both the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Early Career Research Award and the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Early Career Award for Excellence in Research. In 2012, I was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (Tier II, Clinical). I currently serve on the Executive Committee of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists (QLD) and the editorial board of the journal PLoS One.

My research focuses on risk factors for substance use disorders and how they can best be targeted in treatment and prevention. I am particularly interested in the cognitive and neuropsychological mechanisms through which impulsivity increases risk for substance abuse. My program of research covers the entire translational spectrum: