Our People

Carina Walters – Pharmacy

Supervisors: Professor Janie Sheridan, Dr David Newcombe, Professor Chris Bullen

Research topic: Pharmaceutical opioid misuse in New Zealand: Exploring experiences of individuals with non-illicit pathways to dependence

Alison Schneller – Population Health

Supervisor: Associate Professor Peter Adams

Research topic: Critical analysis of mechanisms used in compulsory community treatment orders

Sam White – Population Health/Medicine

Supervisors: Dr Peter Huggard and A/P Marcus Henning

Research topic: Evaluation of the University of Auckland Addiction Workforce Development Programme

Rayna Sharma – Pharmacy

Supervisors: Associate Professor Jo Barnes and Dr Rhys Ponton

Research topic: Use of herbal substances as treatments for substance use disorder, and as drugs of misuse

Anantha Kumar Population Health

Supervisors: Professor Chris Bullen and Dr Karen Bissell

Research topic: Smoking cessation in rural India

Rhiannon Martel – Population Health

Supervisor: Professor Felicity Goodyear-Smith

Research topic: An evaluation of primary care e-screening for mental health risky health behaviours among TeTai Tokerau youth

Estelle Miller – Pharmacy

Supervisors: Dr Rhys Ponton (main), Associate Professor Suresh Muthukumaraswamy, Dr David Menkes, Dr Geoff Noller

Research topic: Characterising the use of psychedelic drugs in ‘microdoses’​

Delia Cotoros – Population Health

Supervisors: Dr David Newcombe, Dr Rob McNeil

Research topic: Internet Addiction (IA) – exploring the relationship between IA and certain psychopathologies

Oliver Birch – Population Health

Supervisors: Professor Peter Adams, Associate Professor David Newcombe, Associate Professor Bruce Cohen (Faculty of Arts)

Research topic: Responsibilising Opioid Users: OST as Biopower

Alesha Wells – Health Psychology

Supervisors: Dr Lisa Reynolds (main); Associate Professor Suresh Muthukumaraswamy; Eva Morunga (advisor)

Research topic: An investigation into the feasibility, acceptability, and safety of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy.

Jiayi Gong – Pharmacy
Supervisors: Dr Amy Chan, Associate Professor Peter Jones, Professor Alan Merry

Research topic: Persistent opioid use and opioid-related harm after hospital admissions for surgery and trauma in New Zealand: A Population-based Cohort Study