Dr Nicola Black is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Dr Black completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and PhD in the field of health psychology at the University of Sydney. Her PhD focused on applying health psychology theories to better understand and reduce binge drinking behaviour, particularly amongst young adults. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral position at the University of Aberdeen, UK, applying novel methods to improve the evidence base on behavioural interventions for smoking cessation.
Dr Black's research interests primarily include (1) understanding the mechanisms of behaviour change to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours, with a focus on motivational, automatic, and control factors; and (2) improving methods of conducting research, particularly the conduct and reporting of systematic reviews. She is currently working across a variety of projects related to reducing consumption and related harms of cigarette smoking, alcohol, and illicit drugs.