Researcher biography

Professor Leanne Hides holds an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship and the industry-supported Lives Lived Well Chair in Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health at the University of Queensland. She is a senior clinical psychologist with almost 20 years of clinical and research experience in the treatment of primary and comorbid substance use disorders in young people. Professor Hides has led 15 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) on substance use treatment and has been a chief investigator (CI) on a further 11. She also develops web and mobile-phone based programs.

Professor Hides has been a chief investigator on 12 NHMRC project grants including two as the lead investigator. She has over 150 publications including 127 peer-reviewed journals and has written 5 treatment and training manuals. Professor Hides' work has been presented her work at over 100 conferences.

Prof Hides' current research interests include:

  • Developing and testing new models for understanding youth substance use and comorbidity
  • Improving the treatment of youth substance use and comorbidity by:
    • Integrating more strengths-based approaches
    • Identifying and enhancing mechanisms of change
    • Combining psychological and pharmacological treatments,
    • Integrating mobile phone and web-based interventions
  • Understanding the relationship between youth wellbeing and mental disorders
  • Development of mobile phone and web-based interventions targeting the mental health and wellbeing of young people
    • Ray's night out: mobile app targeting risky alcohol use
    • music eScape: mobile app using music to improve affect regulation
    • Breakup Shakeup: mobile app for coping with relationship breakups
    • Keep it Real: web-based program targeting psychotic-like experiences in substance users
    • Routine outcome monitoring (ROM) plus feedback in SMART Recovery Australia: a feasibility study examining SMART ROM (led by A/Prof Kelly, UoW).
  • Training, supervision, and dissemination of evidence-based practice

Current projects

  • Commonwealth Department of Health (Connor & Hides), Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR) National Addiction Centre
  • NHMRC MRFF Million Minds (led by A/Prof March, USQ): Translating evidence-based interventions into population-level digital models of care for child & adolescent mental health
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Hides): Brief interventions to prevent future alcohol-related harm in young people presenting to emergency departments.
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Hides: Randomised controlled trial of a telephone-delivered social well-being and engaged living (SWEL) intervention for disengaged at-risk youth
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Teesson, University of Sydney)- Internet-based universal prevention for anxiety, depression and substance use in young Australians
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Teesson, University of Sydney)- Healthy, wealthy and wise: The long-term effectiveness of an online universal program to prevent substance use and mental health problems among Australian youth
  • Paul Ramsay Foundation (led by Prof Teesson, University of Sydney): The Healthy Lifestyles program: An innovative online primary and secondary prevention intervention
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof David Kavanagh, QUT) - Trial of a new low-cost treatment to support self-management of Alcohol Use Disorder: Functional Imagery Training
  • NHMRC Project (led by A/Prof 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 (led by Prof Clare Collins, University of Newcastle) Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of varying levels of technology-delivered personalised feedback on dietary patterns in motivating young Australian adults to improve diet quality and eating habits: The Advice, Ideas and Motivation for My Eating study
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Sue Cotton, University of Melbourne) - Rates, patterns and predictors of long-term outcome in a treated first-episode psychosis cohort