Lexine Stapinski is a Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. In her current role, she manages a collaborative project with the Department of Health to develop and disseminate illicit drug resources for Australian teachers, parents and students. More broadly, Lexine is interested in research examining risk factors and effective interventions for alcohol and substance misuse. She has a particular interest in the inter-relationship between anxiety and substance use. Lexine is also a registered clinical psychologist, with particular expertise in the treatment of anxiety and alcohol use disorders.
Prior to joining NDARC, Lexine worked at Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health where she co-ordinated a randomised controlled trial of treatment (CBT and motivational interviewing) for co-morbid social phobia and alcohol use disorders. She has recently returned from two years as a Research Fellow within the Centre for Mental Health, Addiction and Suicide Research at the University of Bristol, where she explored longitudinal patterns of alcohol and substance use in adolescents. Her PhD research examining generalised anxiety disorder (awarded 2009) received the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for outstanding research achievement.