Researcher biography

I am Acting Director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research. In addition to this role, I maintain my clinical practice as a Visiting Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital's Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit.

I am primarily interested in understanding how impulsivity conveys risk for addiction and substance misuse. I am particularly interested in the cognitive and neuropsychological mechanisms that convey risk for substance abuse and how they can best be targeted in treatment. I also have an interest in biologically-based theories of personality, particularly Jeffrey Gray's reinforcement sensitivity theory, and in laboratory measures of decision-making and impulse control.