Staff profile - Petra Staiger

Aprof Petra Staiger

Position: Associate Professor
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Psychology
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446876 +61 3 92446876



Associate Professor Petra Staiger is the Associate Head of Research in the School of Psychology.

Dr Staiger has worked in the clinical and research field of addiction for the last 15 years. She has a well-respected national and international reputation in this area with a strong track record in managing large research grants. Her research expertise is in investigating the etiology and treatment of individuals with addictive behaviour problems with a particular focus on those with complex needs (i.e., polydrug users, co-morbid mental health problems).

Dr Staiger currently manages as lead investigator a number of large research grants which address:

  • The identification of pathways of care for individuals who misuse substances and have multiple mental health comorbidities (funded by beyondblue);
  • Trialing an alcohol intervention for recovering drug users (funded by the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund);
  • A large scale evaluation of an alcohol and other drug service in Victoria; and
  • Evaluating the mainstreaming of the Hospital Admission Reduction Program at Southern Health (both funded by the Department of Human Services).

Dr Staiger's research has been presented at national and international conferences and she has published extensively in refereed international journals.


Member The European Eating Disorder Association,Member Australian Psychological Society,Associate Member College of Health Psychologists


Member, Australian Psychological Society

Psychologist, Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria

Member of the European Eating Disorders Association

Member, Australian Professional Society of Alcohol and Other Drugs


Teaching Interests

HPS 715 Issues in Psychological Assessment

HPS 905 Advanced Clinical Assessment

HPS 907 Issues in Case Analysis

Knowledge areas


Mental Health

Clinical Interventions

Public Health Interventions

Knowledge Translation


Research projects

Associate Head of School (Research)

School Management Group

Faculty Research and Research Training Committee

School Board


Research interests


Eating disorders

Dual Diagnosis

Anxiety and/or Depression

Knowledge Translation

Clinical Interventions

Public Health Interventions

Research page

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