Matthew joined the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) in 2014. He is currently undertaking a PhD in the Drug Policy Modelling Program. The focus of Matthew’s thesis is understanding how high-level drug traffickers in Australia adapt to changes in their drug supply. Thesis projects include: (a) testing and developing novel approaches to improve the analysis of law enforcement seizure data (a key indicator of drug supply); (b) examining supply changes in Australia’s ecstasy and meth/amphetamine markets between 2002 and 2014; (c) examining how high-level synthetic stimulant traffickers adapt to changes in their drug supply. Matthew will submit his thesis in August 2018.
Prior to joining NDARC, Matthew completed a Bachelor of Science (with psychology honours) at the University of New South Wales in 2011. The focus of his honours thesis was associative learning with mental imagery. Since the beginning of 2012 he has been involved in a number of research projects across a range of backgrounds: including clinical, forensic and perceptual psychology; cognitive neuroscience; law; and illicit drugs.
Dr Caitlin Hughes and Professor Alison Ritter.