Our People

Our Management Team

Director – Associate Professor Natalie Walker

Associate Professor Natalie Walker is a clinical trialist and epidemiologist, leader of the Addiction Research programme at the National Institute for Health Innovation (https://www.nihi.auckland.ac.nz/), and Director of the Centre for Addiction Research. Natalie joined the University as a Research Fellow in 1995, and completed a PhD in cardiovascular epidemiology in 2000. Natalie has been the recipient of a Health Research Council Training Fellowship, a Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and the prestigious Heart Foundation Douglas Senior Fellowship in Heart Health. Her primary area of interest is the conduct of phase III, community-based, clinical trials, particularly in smoking cessation, alcohol consumption, and cannabis use. She has a secondary interest in respiratory health, cardiovascular epidemiology (particularly peripheral vascular disease), the use of novel technology in disease prevention and treatment, and research into the efficacy and safety of complementary and alternative medicine. She is a member and fellow of the international Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), Board member of SRNT-Oceania and Dean of the SRNT-University.

Programme Leader
Email: n.walker@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 9884

Associate Director – Associate Professor David Newcombe

Dr David Newcombe is Academic Director of postgraduate addiction programmes and Head of the Section of Social and Community Health in the School of Population Health, and Associate Director of the Centre for Addiction Research. He has been working in the addiction sector for over 20 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 WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in the Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Problems at the University of Adelaide where he managed 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.

Associate Professor
Email: d.newcombe@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 6557

Associate Director – Dr Susanna Galea-Singer

Susanna Galea is a clinical lead for Specialist Mental Health and Addiction Services in Auckland – the largest drug and alcohol services in New Zealand. She is also an Associate Director at the Centre for Addiction Research and an honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, teaching in the alcohol and drug postgraduate programmes, and supervising postgraduate student research. Susanna’s main research interests are in outcome measurement in addiction; multi-morbidities related to addiction; alcohol related harm and use of substances in high-risk populations.

Associate Director, CFAR; Director, Specialist Mental Health and Addiction
Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland
Phone: + 64 (0) 9 487 1412


Associate Director –  Professor Janie Sheridan

Janie Sheridan is Research Director of the School of Pharmacy. She chaired the Addiction Research Network at the University of Auckland from 2004 and is the past Director and current Associate 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.

Email: j.sheridan@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 5247

Associate Director – Professor Peter Adams

Peter Adams trained initially as a clinical psychologist and practiced in hospital, community and private practice settings for over 13 years. Through his practice he developed specialist expertise in addictive behaviour, violence and public health interventions for dangerous consumptions. Peter is Deputy Head of the School of Population Health and Associate Director of the Centre for Addiction Research. He established the University’s Centre for Gambling Studies in 2001, and this is now incorporated into the Centre for Addiction Research. His current research interests include: family impacts of addictions, brief interventions, recovery processes and public health approaches to gambling.

Email: p.adams@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 6538