Turning Point-Alcohol and Drug Centre
Professor Dan Lubman
Chief Researcher and Industry Partner
Professor Dan Lubman is a Chief Investigator for the current multicentre randomized controlled trial ‘Family Options study’ and the Director of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre. Dr Lubman has extensive research experience, including the impact of alcohol and drug use on adolescent brain development, the relationship between substance use and mental disorders and the development of interventions and clinical trials within school, primary care, mental health and drug treatment settings. Dr Lubman has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, and is Chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Section of Addiction Psychiatry and an advisory board member of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre and the National Drug Research Institute.
Profile: Dan Lubman
Mr Steven Leicester
Associate Researcher and Industry Partner
Mr Leicester is an Associate Researcher and Industry Partner for the ‘Family Options Study’. Steven has extensive experience in both clinical and research roles within youth mental health. He has been involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of a range of research projects, including randomised controlled trials, service evaluation and cognitive studies within adolescent mental health. Mr Leicester also has a background in teaching and has been involved in a range of professional and school based educational programs focusing on mental health awareness and treatment. He is currently nearing completion of a PhD examining cognitive factors associated with the development of psychosis within adolescents.
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Ms Reima Pryor
Associate Researcher and Industry Partner
Ms Pryor is a psychologist with family therapy training, whose clinical expertise is predominantly families with adolescents and young adults with complex needs, including alcohol and other drug and mental health issues. She has been involved in delivery of the BEST programs for 10 years, and has over 16 years experience working with families. Ms Pryor has a special interest in families with adolescents and young adults with complex needs including alcohol and other drug and mental health issues and family-aware and -inclusive practice. She has also been involved in drummond street services' collaboration with Deakin University across a number of projects - including supervising placements and study recruitment, and provision and evaluation of family group interventions.
Ms Brushin is an Industry Partner for the current multicentre randomised controlled ‘Family Options Study’ and a Research Advisor at beyondblue: the national depression initiative. Bella has extensive experience both in managerial roles regarding in particular, mental health programs and in research development. Reima will join the steering committee for the project and as such will regularly attend meetings and assist with project direction and dissemination of findings.
Publications and conferences papers
Bamberg, J.H., Toumbourou, J.W. & Marks, R. (2008). Including the Siblings of Youth Substance Abusers in a Parent-Focused Intervention: A Pilot Test of the Best Plus Program. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs Volume 40 (3), September 2008.
Bamberg, J., Findley, S. & Toumbourou, J. (2006). The BEST Plus approach to assisting families recover from youth substance problems. Youth Studies Australia VOLUME 25 NUMBER 2 2006
Bertino, M.D., Richens, K., Knight, T., Toumbourou, J., Ricciardelli, L., & Lewis, A.J. (in press). Reducing parental anxiety using a family based intervention for youth mental health: A randomized controlled trial. Open Journal of Psychiatry, Special Issue on Anxiety Research, Publication Date: February 2013.
Bertino, Melanie D., Connell, Gabrielle and Lewis, Andrew J. (2012) The association between parental personality patterns and internalising and externalising behaviour problems in children and adolescents, Clinical psychologist, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 110-117, Wiley - Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, England
Bertino, M., Lewis, A., Knight, T., Ricciardelli, T, & Toumbourou, J. (2010). Deakin Family Options Family Interview Protocol. (Publication online January 2010).
Lewis, A.J., Bertino, M.D., Robertson, N., Knight, T. & Toumbourou, J.W. (2012). Consumer Feedback following Participation in a Family-Based Intervention for Youth Mental Health. Volume 2012, Article ID 235646, 8 pages
Lewis, Andrew J., Bertino, Melanie, Toumbourou, John W., Ricciardelli, Lina and Knight, Tess (2010) Deakin family options : a report on the clinical trial of family education and cognitive therapy for youth depression, anxiety and substance use, Deakin University Australia, Geelong, Vic.
Toumbourou, J.W., Bamberg, J.H. (2008). Family Recovery from Youth Substance Use Related Problems: A Pilot Study of the BEST Plus Program. Substance Use & Misuse, 43:1829-1843
Toumbourou, T. Blyth, A. Bamberg, J., Forer, D. (2001). Early Impact of the BEST Intervention for parents stressed by adolescent substance abuse. Journal of community and applied social psychology, 11, 291-304
Bertino, M., Lewis, A., Toumbourou, J., Ricciardelli, L., & Knight, T. Family therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy for youth with depression, anxiety and substance disorders. In V. Mrowinski, M. Kyrios and N. Voudouris (Eds), Abstracts of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Paper presented at ICAP Symposium,Melbourne, Convention Centre, 11-16 July 2010 (pp232 -233). Retrieved 8 October 2010, from Connell, Gabrielle, Lewis, Andrew J. and Bertino, Melanie (2011) Parental personality disorder and child psychopathology, in unknown (ed.), XIIth ISSPD Congress Abstracts, p. 80, ISSPD, Melbourne, Vic.
Danaher, J. (Deakin University, Australia). Prevention and Early Intervention Work with Australian Families. 6th International Conference on Drugs and Young People. Melbourne Convention Centre, Monday 2nd May 2011.
Danaher, J., Lewis, A., Toumbourou, J., Ricciardelli, L., Knight, T., & Bertino, M. Prevention and Early Intervention Work with Australian Families. Presented at the University of Utah First International Conference on Parenting and Family Skills, Bangkok, Thailand December 17 and 18 2010.