Dr Lexine Stapinski


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Dr Lexine Stapinski is a Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. She is a member of the Academic Leadership Group, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS). Her research focusses on understanding how alcohol and substance use disorders develop, and how we can intervene early on to reduce their impact and prevent escalation. In 2017 she was awarded Australian Rotary Health funding to conduct a world first trial of the "inroads" program, an online CBT program for young people who drink to cope with anxiety, stress or worries. Her work has been recognised by the TheMHS Early Career Research Innovation award, the Australian Rotary Health Knowledge Dissemination Award, the Mental Health Matters Promotion and Wellbeing Award, and a research fellowship from the Society of Mental Health Research. She is the recipient of a 2017 NHMRC TRIP (Translating Research into Practice) Fellowship and leads the Positive Choices project, which aims to improve dissemination of drug prevention resources across Australia, including culturally-appropriate resources for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

Prior to joining NDARC, Lexine worked at Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health where she co-ordinated a randomised controlled trial of treatment (CBT and motivational interviewing) for co-morbid social anxiety and alcohol use disorders. She also completed a two year Research Fellowship within the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol, where she explored longitudinal patterns of mental health and substance use in adolescents. Her PhD research examining generalised anxiety disorder received the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for outstanding research achievement.

Bpsych (Hons), MClinPsych, PhD

Broad Research Areas:
Prevention, Treatment, Alcohol, Illicit Drugs, Anxiety Disorders, Clinical Psychology

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Registered Psychologist with specialist endorsement in Clinical Psychology (Psychology Board of Australia: PS0091261)

Honorary Associate, University of Bristol

Executive Committee, Anxiety Practitioners Network

Project Reference Group, Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN)

Member of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)

University role: 
Senior Lecturer