Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Centre for Addiction Research - management team

The Centre's management team is representative of the diverse interests and expertise found within the Centre.  It is charged with overseeing the development of the Centre, guiding its strategic direction and working with key stakeholder groups to develop and disseminate research that explores the relationship between addictive consumptions and the well-being of individuals, communitites and society.

Associate Professor Janie Sheridan is Research Director and Deputy Head of the School of Pharmacy. She chaired the Addiction Research Network at the University of Auckland from 2004 and is the Director of the Centre for Addiction Research. She has been involved in research into substance misuse for over 21 years and is internationally recognised for her research into the role of community pharmacy in the provision of services to substance misusers. 
Her research has a particular focus on harm reduction and the role of primary care with respect to alcohol and drug use, and the development and evaluation of primary care interventions. 
Recent research includes: 'legal party pills' in New Zealand; treatment for methamphetamine addiction; and prescription drug misuse. She has also been involved in the development of a screening and outcomes tool for young people in relation to substance use. 

Associate Professor Peter Adams is Deputy Head of the School of Population Health and an Associate Director of the Centre for Addiction Research. Prior to joining the academic staff of the University of Auckland in 1991, Peter was a practising clinical psychologist for 13 years with specialist expertise in the area of addictive behaviour and violence. He has led the development of teaching programmes in alcohol and drug studies, mental health and health promotion at the School of Population Health, as well as research initiatives in violence, Asian health, addictive behaviour, gambling and community development. 
Peter’s research focus is on innovative projects that aim to reduce harm through: family and neighbourhood responses to addictive relationships; developing the contribution of specialist practitioner and wider health workforce; public health, policy and health promotion activities that empower collective responses to risky consumption; activities that enhance the role of responsible governance. He has published widely in the field, including three sole-authored books – Gambling, Freedom and Democracy (2007), Fragmented Intimacy: Addiction in a Social World (2008), and Masculine Empire: how men use violence to keep women in line (2012). Read more about Peter Adam’s research interests and publications 

Dr Susanna Galea

Dr Susanna Galea is Service Clinical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist at Community Alcohol and Drugs Services (CADS) Auckland, the largest drug and alcohol service in New Zealand. Susanna is also an honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland teaching in the alcohol and drug postgraduate programmes, and supervising postgraduate student research. Susanna has contributed to the scientific understanding of addiction for over ten years through involvement in and facilitation of research projects, training delivery and publications such as book chapters and peer review journals. Susanna's main research interests are in multi-morbidities related to addiction, alcohol related harm and use of substances in high-risk populations. As an Associate Director at the Centre for Addiction Research, she is interested in developing research initiatives to: improve service delivery to people with alcohol and drug problems; investigate new pharmacotherapies for drug dependence; develop service evaluation tools; and increase the capacity of mental health practitioners to address alcohol & drug problems in their clients.

Dr David Newcombe is Senior Lecturer in Alcohol and Drug Studies at the School of Population Health, Academic Director of postgraduate Addiction programmes and an Associate Director of the Centre for Addiction Research. 
He has been working in the Addiction sector for over 17 years in various clinical and research roles both in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to moving to New Zealand, David was Senior Project Manager at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research in the Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Problems at the University of Adelaide where he managed a number of large studies. These included an international multisite evaluation of opioid pharmacotherapies for the treatment of opioid dependence and the Australian site of the validation of the WHO Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) study. His current research interests include: screening for problematic substance use and assessing the efficacy of brief interventions in different at risk groups; the clinical pharmacology and psychopharmacology of drugs of abuse; and clinical effectiveness of pharmacotherapies used to treat alcohol and drug problems.

Dr Natalie Walker is an epidemiologist, leader of the Addiction Research programme at the National Institution for Health Innovation (NIHI), and Heart Foundation Douglas Senior Fellow in Heart Health (Prevention). Natalie has over 17 years of experience in the design, conduct and analysis of epidemiological studies, with a particular focus on phase III clinical trials and systematic reviews. She has been the recipient of a Health Research Council Training Fellowship and a Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. 
Her primary areas of interest include prevention of heart disease and the conduct of phase III community-based clinical trials, particularly in smoking cessation. She is a member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, a Board member for Action on Health and Smoking (ASH), New Zealand, and a member of the New Zealand Tobacco Control Research Turanga: A national programme of research to inform rapid smoking prevalence reduction.

Dr Denise Greenwood is Research Development Manager at the School of Population Health. She has a background in molecular genetics with interests in sensory systems, neurodegenerative diseases and understanding molecular genetics processes associated with addiction. Denise provides strategic advice to the management team of the Centre for Addiction Research on matters relating to research design, resourcing and funding.