I study psychosocial aspects of addiction and mental health.
My research interests span etiology, prevention and treatment, and include: problem drinking, injection drug use, smoking, comorbid addictions and mental disorders, treatment systems, and the use of social policy.
Methodologically, I use a broad variety of approaches, including efficacy and effectiveness trials, population surveys, psychometrics, longitudinal designs and qualitative (phenomenological and ethnographic) methods.
Although these are diverse interests, a common thread uniting them is a core theoretical emphasis on the interplay between social influence and motivational processes. Almost all of my research interests include a strong community focus, which involves extensive collaboration with health policy makers, practitioners and other non-academic stakeholders to ensure the relevance and uptake of our findings, along with and dissemination of results using both traditional (academic publication) and non-traditional (internet, grey literature) approaches.
Scientist, Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, 1994 – 1997
Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Motivation, University of Rochester, New York, USA, 1992 - 1997
PhD (Psychology), University of Alberta, 1993 MA, University of Alberta, 1987
BA (Honours), University of Alberta, 1980
Health Scholar, Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, 2006 – 2013
Population Health Investigator, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 2000 – 2006
New Investigator, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2000 – 2005
Mental health services