Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

CFAR publications - other research

In addition to their extensive body of research into specific addictive consumption areas, members of the Centre are also interested in examining the relationship between addiction and mental health and co-existing disorders, as well as the broader social and structural contexts of addictive consumptions, including research on policy, health services, industry behaviour and influence.

A significant overlap occurs between people facing addictions and those facing mental health issues (particularly depression, anxiety and psychosis) and has consequences for both public health and treatment interventions. Research projects focusing on this overlap (“co-existing problems”) have been conducted in Social and Community Health, Psychological Medicine, Community Paediatrics, Nursing and Māori Health.


Selected publications since 2005

VACARU MA, SHEPHERD RM, SHERIDAN J. (2014) New Zealand youth and their relationships with mobile phone technology Int J Ment Health Addiction, 2014 6 March DOI: 10.1007/s11469-014-9488-z

FLEMING, T., CLARK, T., DENNY, S., BULLEN, P., CRENGLE, S., PEIRIS-JOHN, R., ROBINSON, E., ROSSEN, F., SHERIDAN, J., LUCASSEN, M. (2013). Stability and change in the mental health of New Zealand secondary school students 2007–2012: Results from the national adolescent health surveys. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

CLARK, T. C.,  ROBINSON, E., CRENGLE, S., SHERIDAN, J. L., JACKSON, N., & AMERATUNGA, S. (2013). Binge drinking among Māori secondary school students in New Zealand: associations with source, exposure and perceptions of alcohol use. New Zealand Medical Journal126(1370), 70-84. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23474513

SHEPHERD, R. M., IRELAND, J. Reflective practice in Addiction Studies – Promoting deeper learning and de-stigmatising myths about addictions. Reflective Practice. (in press).

THORNLEY, S., R. TAYLER, et al. (2012). "Sugar restriction: the evidence for a drug-free intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease risk." Intern Med J 42 Suppl 5: 46-58

THORNLEY S, RUSSELL B, KYDD R. Carbohydrate reward and psychosis: an explanation for neuroleptic induced weight gain and path to improved mental health? Current Neuropharmacology 2011; 9:370-375.

THORNLEY, S., H. MCROBBIE, et al. (2010). "The New Zealand sugar (fructose) fountain: time to turn the tide?" New Zealand Medical Journal 123(1311): 58-64.

SHEPHERD, R. M. (2010).If these walls could talk: Reflective Learning in addiction studies. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 8(4);583-594. 2010

WARREN, J; GOODYEAR-SMITH, F; MILLER, D; WARREN, D; PATON, C; MABOTUWANA, T; ARROLL, B. 'An integrated electronic lifestyle and mental health patient self-assessment for general practice: Design and initial field study', Health Care and Informatics Review Online, 14, (4), p18-25, 2010

ADAMS, P.J; BUETOW, S; ROSSEN, F. Vested interests in addiction research and policy: Poisonous partnerships: health sector buy-in to arrangements with government and addictive consumption industries, Addiction, 105, (4), 585-590. 2010

BUETOW, S.A; ADAMS, P. Oath-taking: A divine prescription for health-related behaviour change? Medical Hypotheses, 74(3), 422-427. 2010

THORNLEY, S, MCROBBIE H. Carbohydrate withdrawal: is recognition the first step to recovery? NZMJ 2009. Vol 122 No 1290

GOODYEAR-SMITH, F.A., COUPE, N., ARROLL, B., ELLEY, C.R., SULLIVAN, S., MCGILL, A.T. Case finding of lifestyle and mental health problems in primary care; validation of the CHAT, British Journal of General Practice, 58(546), p26-31, 2008

GOODYEAR-SMITH, F.A., ARROLL, B., COUPE, N.M. Asking for help is helpful: validation of a brief lifestyle and mood assessment tool in primary health care. Annals Of Family Medicine, in press, 7(3):239-44, 2008

SHEPHERD, R.M. Dangerous consumptions beyond the grave: Addiction to psychic hotlines for the lonely hearts and grieving souls. Addiction Theory and Research, 17(3), 278-290 2009.

SHEPHERD, R.M., EDELMANN, R. J. Social phobia and the self medication hypothesis. A case study approach. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 20(3); 295-307 . 2007