Katrina Prior began working as a Research Officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) in March 2013. She is currently working on the Activate Study, a randomised controlled trial that seeks to investigate the efficacy of behavioural activation treatment for depression among individuals in treatment for substance dependence (i.e., residential rehabilitation or opioid substitution therapy).
Katrina commenced her PhD in 2014, supervised by Joanne Ross, Maree Teesson, and Katherine Mills. Her thesis will use national data to explore the prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders among individuals with a substance use disorder in the general population, as well as investigate the correlates associated with this comorbidity, including levels of disability, severity of impairment, suicidal ideation and service use. Using data obtained through the Activate Study (https://comorbidity.edu.au/cre-publications/efficacy-behavioural-activation-treatment-co-occurring-depression-and-substance-use), alongside additional measures of social phobia added by Katrina, she will also explore the impact of social phobia on the longitudinal outcomes of individuals with a substance use disorder and depression.
Prior to joining NDARC, Katrina completed a Bachelor of Commerce/Psychology, and Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at the Australian National University. Her honours thesis investigated whether the relationship between imagined contact and expectations of ageing was mediated by ageing anxiety, and whether this mediation relationship was moderated by participant gender.