Samantha joined the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre in 2016 as a Research Assistant. She worked on a series of ongoing systematic reviews that investigated the global prevalence of injecting drug use, as well as sociodemographic characteristics and blood borne virus prevalence among people who inject drugs (PWID). She commenced her PhD in 2018, continuing to expand on this body of work. She has investigated non-fatal overdose, mental health disorders, self-harm, and injecting-related diseases among PWID. She submitted her PhD in February 2022.