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Addiction is a major community problem which impacts many Australians both personally and professionally. Research from the addiction group in the School of Psychology centres on two areas.

First, the focus is on the developmental, psychological and societal drivers of addiction and substance use, as well as the impact of the use of various substances (e.g. alcohol, tobacco, heroin) and gambling on individuals and the greater community. Our focus has been on the developmental drivers of addiction, the harms associated with alcohol use in and around licensed venues, social and psychological motivations for alcohol use as well as the predictors of someone experiencing alcohol-related violence.

Our second area of priority is treatment research. Our team of academic and clinical psychologists collaborate with a number of major alcohol and drug services to conduct research with a focus on improving treatment retention and effectiveness with substance use disorders and gambling problems. Our work has a strong focus on managing addictions and mental health disorders in an integrated manner.

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