Dr Monica Barratt joined the Drug Policy Modelling Program at NDARC in 2014 after being awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council post-doctoral fellowship. Monica's research concerns the social and public health implications of internet technologies for people who use illicit and emerging psychoactive drugs, and the impacts of legislative responses to drug use and drug problems. Monica is particularly interested in how we respond to the emergence of new/novel drug trends and how these trends and responses are enabled by digital technologies. She specialises in engaging hard-to-reach networks and groups in digital spaces in conversations about research and policy. Through this engagement, Monica's work acts as a conduit between these groups and policy makers, and contributes to policy change.
Prior to her current appointment, Monica worked as a Research Fellow at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, where she also completed her postgraduate studies. She has also worked at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, the University of Melbourne, Deakin University and the Australian Drug Foundation.
Broad Research Areas:
Drugs and the internet, Drug harm reduction, Impacts of drug laws and policies, Monitoring new drug trends, Drug user participation and involvement in research, Ethics of online research, Digital research methods
International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, International Association of Internet Researchers, Alcohol and other Drug Council of Australia, Harm Reduction Victoria, PRISM (Psychedelic Research in Science and Medicine), Global Drug Survey International Advisory Group