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Mr George Economidis


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George joined NDARC in 2018, after completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of New South Wales. His PhD focused on the evaluation of the implementation of family-based therapy programs to enhance government responses to reduce child physical abuse and neglect in New South Wales, Australia. He specialises in mixed-methods responses to understanding the intersection of research, policy and practice and has worked on a range of projects in drug policy, community health and child protection. Outside his PhD, George has also evaluated child protection programs aiming to provide placement stability for children in out-of-home care; a range of government-funded intensive preservation and restoration programs using linked administrative data; and the Australian kava implementation pilot program in contexts of drug and alcohol policy.

University role: 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours, Class 1) (2017)

 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (2023)




Shakeshaft A, Reeve R, Peacock A, Farnbach S, Doran C, Tran DA, Abbott T, Craig A, Economidis G.  Monitoring and evaluation of the Australian Government’s Kava importation program, 2021-2023.  Australian Government Department of Health ($1,619,609.50).

Shakeshaft A, Harwood E, Foley C, Farnbach S, Economidis G, Clare P, Tran DA. Evaluation of the OurSPACE Out of Home Care (OOHC) support service. ($149,600.00).

Farnbach S, Economidis G, Snowdon N, Trudgett S, Tran DA, Asare-Doku W, Stolk SS, Harwood E, Shakeshaft A. Increasing our understanding of alcohol and other drug use and harms on Norfolk Island ($97,950.00).

Farnbach S, Economidis G, Shakeshaft A. Evaluation of the implementation of a psychoeducation program into Rendu House. ($20,000.00).


Kevin Rozzoli Award (2021):

The NDARC Kevin Rozzoli Community Impact Award is to acknowledge the achievements of NDARC researchers, containing evidence of public health impact (such as resulting in a change in practice or in policy) and  transfer of research findings for the wider benefit of the community.

Project: Evaluation of two Family Preservation & Restoration programs: Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW®) and Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN®)

Teaching & Supervision
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