NDARC extends warm congratulations to academics Anthony Shakeshaft, Lucy Burns and Katherine Mills on their respective promotions.
Dr Shakeshaft is one of 26 UNSW staff to have earned a promotion to the title of Professor in 2013. The advancement comes in the wake of several significant research achievements by Dr Shakeshaft, including a seven-year-long investigation into the capacity for community action to reduce alcohol-related harms. Indigenous health, alcohol-related harms in regional and rural Australia and the role of general practitioners in treating substance misuse have also been areas of focus in Dr Shakeshaft’s recent work.
Dr Lucy Burns joins 40 other UNSW staff in being promoted to Associate Professor. Dr Burns joined NDARC in 2008 and leads Australia’s sentinel surveillance systems on illicit drug use, the Illicit Drug Reporting System and Ecstasy and related Drugs Reporting System. In recent years Burns has also won a significant number of grants and contracts for research into homelessness and women’s substance misuse.
Also promoted to Associate Professor is Dr Katherine Mills. Dr Mills' research focuses on the epidemiology and treatment of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, and she is currently the program director for the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use. Of particular note is Dr Mills' leading work in developing understanding of and treatments for co-occuring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use, including the publication last year of a treatment manual that utilises exposure therapy.
The change in titles will take effect from 1 January, 2014.