Associate Professor Nicola Newton

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Nicola Newton is an Associate Professor at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) and Director of Prevention Research at the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use. She leads a large program of research developing and evaluating innovative approaches to the prevention of alcohol and other drug use in adolescents. Her main focus is on developing internet-based preventive interventions and improving the sustainability and translation of programs into schools. Nicola has worked extensively on the Climate Schools series for drug prevention, the first online programs shown to reduce substance use.

Broad Research Areas:
Prevention, Drug education, Internet-based interventions, Alcohol and other drugs, Adolescence, Mental health

Qualifications:
BPsych (Hons), PhD

University role: 
Associate Professor
Grants: 
  1. Stapinski, L. Baillie, A., Teesson, M. & Newton, N. (2016). Making InRoADs: Trial of an innovative early intervention to Interrupt the cycle of Anxiety and Drinking in young Australians. Australian Rotary Health. 3 year grant, $209,157
  2. Newton, N., Teesson, M., Stapinski, L., Slade, T., Conrod., P., Barrett, E., Champion, K. & Chapman, C., (2016). Pathways to prevention: The effectiveness of universal and selective prevention in altering developmental pathways to alcohol and cannabis related harms in young adults. National Health and Medical Research Council project grant (APP1124958). 3 year grant, $465,966
  3. Mewton, L., Teesson, M., Slade, T., Chapman, C., Kay-Lambkin, F., & Newton, N.(2016). Prevention Strategies Literature Review. Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Australian Government Department of Health, 1 year grant, $79,978.
  4. Mewton, L., Teesson, M., Slade, T., Chapman, C., Kay-Lambkin, F., & Newton, N.(2016). Liquor licensing literature review. Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Australian Government Department of Health, 1 year grant, $30,000.
  5. Champion, K., Newton, N., Chapman, C., Stapinski, L., Kay-Lambkin, F, & Teesson, M. (2016). Ice Tookit: Ongoing Development. Australian Government Department of Health, 4 year grant, $285,679.
  6. Chapman, C., Newton, N., Champion, K., Stapinski, L., Kay-Lambkin, F, & Teesson, M. (2016). Ice Tookit: Implementation and future proofing. Australian Government Department of Health, 4 year grant, $349,163.
  7. Newton, N., Chapman, C., Koning, I., Thornton, L., Champion, K., Stapinski, L., Slade, T., & Teesson, M. (2016). An Integrated online intervention for students and parents to prevent alcohol and cannabis harms among adolescents.  Australian Government Department of Health, 4 year grant, $552,075.
  8. Teesson, M., Stapinski, L. Chapman, C., Newton, N., Ward, J., Champion, K., & Kay-Lambkin. (2016). Positive Choices to prevent alcohol and drug-related harms among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: Implementation and expansion. Australian Government Department of Health, 4 year grant, $479,879
  9. Stapinski, L. Chapman, C., Newton, N., Ward, J., Champion, K., Kay-Lambkin, F., & Teesson, M. (2016). Positive Choices to prevent alcohol and drug-related harms among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: Development. Australian Government Department of Health, 4 year grant, $392,628
  10. Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Chapman, C., Kay-Lambkin, F, Champion, K. & Teesson, M. (2015). Development and dissemination of an online toolkit to provide evidencebased information about methamphetamine (“Ice”).  Australian Government Department of Health, 1 year grant, $296,819.
  11. Stapinski, L.  Newton, N., Chapman, C. Kay-Lambkin, & Teesson, M. (2015-2019). Positive Choices: Development, maintenance and dissemination of online prevention portal. Australian Government Department of Health, 5 year grant, $1,282,820
  12. Newton, N. (2015). An innovative response to improving the prevention of substance use and mental health problems among young Australians. Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) Early Career Research Fellowship, 1 year grant, $100,000.
  13. Newton, N., Teesson, M., Slade, T., Chapman, C., & Koning, I. (2014). StraightUp: Testing the effectiveness of an integrated online intervention for students and parents to prevent substance use and related harms in adolescents. UNSW Gold Star Award, 1 year grant, $40,000
  14. Newton, N., Teesson, M., Allsop, S., Stapinski, L., & McBride, N. (2012-2014). Developing illicit drug resources for teachers, parents and students. Australian Government Department of Health. 3 year grant, $1,310,672
  15. Teesson, M., Andrews, G., Newton, N., Slade, T., & Chapman, C. (2012) Internet-based universal prevention for anxiety, depression and substance use in young Australians. National Health and Medical Research Council Targeted Call for Research funding (APP10047291). 5 year grant, $1,709,987
  16. Dunn, M., Newton, N. & Teesson, M. (2011). Exploring the feasibility of introducing a school-based online drugs in sport prevention program. Deakin University Small Research Grants Scheme. 1 year grant, $8,505
  17. Teesson, M., Conrod, P. Newton, N., & Slade, T. (2010). Combining universal and targeted drug prevention approaches. National Health and Medical Research Council project grant (APP1004744). 5 year grant, $723,665
  18. Newton, N. (2010). A stepped-care model to substance use prevention. Vice Chancellor’s Post Doctorate Research Fellowship, University of New South Wales. 3 year grant, $236, 601
  19. Vogl, L., Teesson, M., Newton, N., & Andrews, G. (2009).  Developing the Climate Schools: Ecstasy Module. Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. 1 year grant, $206,376
  20. Vogl, L., Teesson, M., Dillon, P., & Newton, N. (2006). Developing and evaluating the Climate Schools: Cannabis and Psychostimulant Module. Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, 3 year grant. $250,046
  21. Newton, N. (2006). The development and evaluation of a school-based prevention program for alcohol and cannabis use delivered via the internet. Scholarship for postgraduate research, Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation (AERF). 3 year grant. $121,709