- holds a National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship and the industry-supported Lives Lived Well Chair in Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health
Dr Hides has expertise in the assessment, understanding and treatment of both primary and co-occurring mental health and substance use issues in young people.
Her current research interests include:
- Understanding the relationship between youth wellbeing and mental disorders
- Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre – Development of mobile phone and web-based interventions targeting the mental health and wellbeing of young people
- Developing and testing new models for understanding youth substance use and comorbidity
- Improving the treatment of youth substance use and comorbidity by:
- Evaluating the effectiveness of motivational interviewing/cognitive behaviour therapy approaches
- Identifying the mechanisms of change in CBT and brief interventions
- Development of innovative treatments
including: CBT + contingency management (CM), combined psychological and
pharmacological treatments, mobile phone and internet based interventions, the use of electronic gaming and online
- Training, supervision and dissemination of evidence based practice
- NHMRC Project: Brief interventions to prevent future alcohol related harm in young people presenting to emergency departments.
- NHMRC Project: Randomised controlled trial of a telephone delivered social well-being and engaged living (SWEL) intervention for disengaged at risk youth
- NHMRC Project (lead by Prof Maree Teesson, University of NSW)- Internet-based universal prevention for anxiety, depression and substance use in young Australians
- NHMRC Project (lead by Dr Maree Toombs, University of QLD) - Indigenous Network Suicide Intervention Skills Training (INSIST): Can a community designed and delivered framework reduce suicide/self-harm in Indigenous youth?
- NHMRC Project (lead by Prof Sue Cotton, University of Melbourne) - Rates, patterns and predictors of long-term outcome in a treated first-episode psychosis cohort
- NHMRC Project (lead by Prof David Kavanagh) - Trial of a new low-cost treatment to support self-management of Alcohol Use Disorder: Functional Imagery Training
- Development of mobile phone and web-based interventions targeting the mental health and wellbeing of young people including
- Ray’s night out: mobile app targeting alcohol misuse
- music eScape: music app targeting affect regulation
- Breakup Shakeup: app for coping with relationship breakups
- Keep it Real: website targeting psychotic like experiences in cannabis users
Track record Dr Hides has lead over 20 clinical trials on the psychological treatment of substance misuse problems in young people and has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Dr Hides’ has held continuous NHMRC funding since 2010, and has been a chief investigator on 8 NHMRC grants ($7.5m in total; 2 as CIA). She has received a total of almost $15.3 million ($12.3m Nationally competitive) in research funding in the past 10 years.