Dr Katrina Prior is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales. She holds undergraduate qualifications in Psychology (Honours) and Commerce, and has postgraduate qualifications in Public Health and Community Medicine (PhD awarded in February 2018, supervised by Joanne Ross, Maree Teesson, and Katherine Mills). Dr Prior’s thesis primarily focused on the prevalence, impact and persistence of social phobia among depressed individuals in substance use treatment.
Dr Prior began working as a Research Officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) in March 2013. She is currently the Project Coordinator of the Inroads Study (https://comorbidity.edu.au/content/making-inroads-trial-innovative-early-intervention-interrupt-cycle-anxiety-and-drinking); a randomised controlled trial which aims to evaluate the relative efficacy of the Inroads program, a 5-module, internet-delivered, therapist-supported, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-based early intervention for anxiety and alcohol use problems in young adults (17 to 24 years), compared to an alcohol information and guidelines control condition. From 2014 to 2016 she worked on the Activate Study (https://comorbidity.edu.au/cre-publications/efficacy-behavioural-activation-treatment-co-occurring-depression-and-substance-use); a randomised controlled trial that seeks to investigate the efficacy of behavioural activation treatment for depression plus treatment as usual among individuals in treatment for substance dependence (i.e., residential rehabilitation or opioid substitution therapy), relative to treatment as usual only.
Dr Prior’s research interests include the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, substance use prevention and early intervention, e-health interventions for comorbid conditions, and risk factors and psychological mechanisms that initiate and maintain the anxiety-alcohol use comorbidity.