Dr Christina Marel
University of New South Wales, Sydney
Contact Details
+61 2 9385 0155
+61 2 9385 0222
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Senior Research Fellow

Dr Marel is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, and a member of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS). Her research focuses on improving our understanding of, and responses to, co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in complex populations. This includes projects examining the long-term patterns and predictors of heroin use and mental health, and understanding individual periods of risk. She led the recent revision of the Australian Government Department of Health-funded Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings (2nd edition), and accompanying online training program. She co-ordinated the 11-year follow-up of the NHMRC-funded Australian Treatment Outcome Study (ATOS), which is the largest and longest running study to examine treatment outcomes for heroin dependence in Australia, and will shortly be co-ordinating the NHMRC-funded 18-20 year follow-up of ATOS. Christina also leads a project with the Central Australian Youth Link Up Service (CAYLUS) in the Northern Territory to evaluate the impact of their service on young people's involvement in crime and substance use in communities across Central Australia.