Katrina Prior began working as a Research Officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) in March 2013. She is currently working on the Making Inroads study, an innovative, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-based online intervention (with therapist support) for young adults aged 17 to 24 years that simultaneously targets anxiety symptoms, alcohol use, and the interconnections between them.
Katrina commenced her PhD in 2014, supervised by Joanne Ross, Maree Teesson, and Katherine Mills. Her thesis focuses on the comorbidity between substance use disorders, mood and anxiety disorders. Her thesis will use national data to explore the prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders among individuals with a substance use disorder in the general population, as well as investigate the correlates (disability, severity, suicidal ideation and service use) associated with this comorbidity. Using data obtained through the Activate Study (https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/project/efficacy-behavioural-activation-therapy-bat-treating-depression-among-dependent-illicit-drug), a study evaluating the efficacy of a behavioural treatment for depression among substance dependent individuals, Katrina will also explore the impact of social phobia on the clinical profile and longitudinal outcomes of individuals with both a substance use disorder and depression.
Prior to joining NDARC, Katrina completed a Bachelor of Commerce/Psychology, and Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at the Australian National University. Her honours thesis investigated whether the relationship between imagined contact and expectations of ageing was mediated by ageing anxiety, and whether this mediation relationship was moderated by participant gender.