Dr Marel is a Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, and a member of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS). Her research is focused on improving our understanding of, and responses to, co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders in complex populations. She is currently leading the revision of the Department of Health funded Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings, and has previously coordinated the development and dissemination of information booklets on co-occurring mental health conditions for people with substance use problems.
Christina completed her PhD through the University of New South Wales in 2011, examining the approaches to volatile substance misuse (i.e., inhalant use, petrol sniffing etc) in the Alice Springs Town Camps, Northern Territory. Since the completion of her PhD, Christina has coordinated the NHMRC funded Australian Treatment Outcome Study (ATOS), which is the largest and longest running study to examine treatment outcomes for heroin dependence in Australia. She has also been leading a project with the Central Australian Youth Link Up Service (CAYLUS) in the Northern Territory, to evaluate the impact of their service on young people’s involvement in crime and petrol sniffing in communities across Central Australia. Christina’s research interests are particularly focused on examining the long term patterns and predictors of substance use and mental health problems, and understanding individual periods of risk.
- Mental health
- Heroin dependence
- Patterns and predictors of substance use and mental health problems
- Relationship between crime and substance use over time
Specific Research Keywords:
Alcohol or other drug use, Mental health, Comorbidity, Heroin dependence, Crime, Longitudinal Research, Translation