The Team

We're a team of researchers, psychologists, and computer scientists from Australia (the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, and New South Wales local health districts), the Netherlands (the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University) and the United States (the University of Virginia) who are working together and using the latest research to build new programs to reduce co-occurring anxiety and alcohol among youth.

Katrina Prior

Dr Katrina Prior

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Matilda Centre, the University of Sydney, Australia. Dr Prior is passionate about developing and trialling interventions for co-occurring mental health and substance use programs among young people and adults. Dr Prior is the Chief Investigator and will be leading the development of the Re-Train Your Brain study.

Lexine Stapinski

Dr Lexine Stapinski

Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist at the Matilda Centre, the University of Sydney, Australia. Dr Stapinski’s research focusses on understanding how alcohol and substance use disorders develop, and how we can intervene early on to reduce their impact and prevent escalation. Dr Stapinski will provide strategic input into the development and evaluation of the program.

Elske Salemink

A/Prof Elske Salemink

Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. A/Prof Salemink is interested in biases in information processing such as attentional and interpretive bias, implicit associations and also the ability and tendency to control such processes (e.g., executive control processes). A/Prof Salemink will provide strategic input into the program development.

Reinout Wiers

Prof Reinout Wiers

Professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Prof Wiers leads an internationally recognised program of research evaluating neuro-cognitive processes involved in the development of addictive behaviours and other forms of psychopathology. Prof Wiers will provide strategic input into the program development.

Bethany Teachman

Prof Bethany Teachman

Professor and the Director of Clinical Training at the University of Virginia, USA

Victoria Manning

A/Prof Victoria Manning

Associate Professor & Head of Research and Workforce Development, Turning Point, Monash University, Australia

Andrew Baillie

Prof Andrew Baillie

Professor and Clinical Psychologist at the University of Sydney, Australia

Maree Teesson

Prof Maree Teesson

Professor and Director at the Matilda Centre, the University of Sydney, Australia

Nicola Newton

A/Prof Nicola Newton

Associate Professor and Director of Prevention at the Matilda Centre, the University of Sydney, Australia

Monique Piggott

Ms Monique Piggott

Undergraduate Psychology student at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Additional Team Members

Mr Samuel Campbell, from Monash University, Melbourne Australia

Dr Margot Peeters, from Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Ms Briana Lees, from the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Ms Jennifer Debenham, from the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Dr Mark Deady, from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Dr Louise Mewton, from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Dr Alison Mahoney, from St Vincent’s Public Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Dr Lauren McLellan, from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

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