AWS 27-28 July 2017

Keynote speaker announcement

Look who is speaking at this year's Winter School!
We are excited to be welcoming ....

Dr Marc Lewis
Dr Marc Lewis is a cognitive neuroscientist and recently retired full professor of developmental psychology. Marc discovered that the brain changes that go with addiction don’t indicate a diseased brain but plasticity in response to strong attractions, in a brain that keeps developing. The implications for recovery are vital. He believes treatment succeeds when the assumption of helplessness is replaced by tools for empowerment, insight, and continuing growth.
Professor Alison Ritter
Professor Alison Ritter is an internationally recognised drug policy scholar and the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales. She is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (2012 to 2017) leading a collaborative, multi-disciplinary program of research on drug policy. The goal of the work is to advance drug policy through improving the evidence-base, translating research and studying policy processes.
Dr Monica Barratt
Dr Monica Barratt is a NHMRC Post-Doc Research Fellow, at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Australia. Monica’s research concerns the social and public health implications of internet technologies for people who use illicit and emerging psychoactive drugs, and the impacts of legislative responses to drug use and drug problems. Monica is particularly interested in how we respond to the emergence of new/novel drug trends and how these trends and responses are enabled by digital technologies. She specialises in engaging hard-to-reach networks and groups in digital spaces in conversations about research and policy. Through this engagement, Monica’s work acts as a conduit between these groups and policy makers, and contributes to policy change.

Professor Peter Adams
Professor Peter Adams is the Deputy Head, School of Population Health at The University of Auckland and Associate Director, Centre for Addiction Research, New Zealand. Professor Adams practised as a clinical psychologist for over 13 years during which he developed specialist expertise in the area of addictive behaviour and violence. This led to an active role in community initiatives that included forming a violence collective, establishing innovations in mental health and addiction services, chairing the Problem Gambling Foundation and fostering a variety of workforce initiatives with a community focus. His current focus is on the application of community strength building approaches to health, leading the development of teaching programs in alcohol and drug studies, mental health and health promotion.
Stay tuned for more updates on our program,
concurrent speakers and panelists.


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