We’re delighted to feature this interview with one of our members, who took part in our Let’s Collaborate campaign on Twitter this year. Read about her research work and her collaboration interests.
Who are you and what is the work you do?
I am a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney Medical School in Australia. I have a PhD in Forensic Psychology, but my current research position primarily focuses on drug and alcohol abuse. I am trying to combine my two research interests for future projects!
What made you choose this field?
To be honest, this field (drug and alcohol) chose me! After I completed my PhD, I was asked to come on board a project temporarily while I was looking for work and I never left. I kept being added to more and more projects and 3.5 years later I’m still here!
What do you love about the work you do?
I love that it is intellectually challenging but also focused on helping people have better lives. Drug and alcohol clients are often very stigmatised and I work with a group of very caring, passionate and clever people who do their best to make sure the clients get the treatment they need.
What have been the challenges?
As mentioned, I changed directions after my PhD so it was very difficult learning an entirely new research area, and I never wanted to fully leave my original research area behind. Now that I have a better understanding of my current research, I am starting to see ways I can combine both, which is great!
What types of collaboration are you interested in?
I am particularly interested in cognition and mental health (especially drug addiction) in the criminal justice system. So I’d be open to collaborating with people who have the same interests in the form of writing papers together (e.g. review articles), coming up with new research projects (including grant applications), and more!
Thanks for the interview: we wish you the best of luck with finding the right collaborators.
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