Psychology and Substance Use

Committee Information

The following members of the Interest Group Committee have been elected by the members of this Interest Group. Please feel free to contact the Interest Group Committee members with any queries or suggestions about the activities and events which they organise for members of this Interest Group around Australia.


Dr Hollie Wilson
I have over 12 years of experience advancing the alcohol and other drug treatment field, in academic research, teaching, clinical, and leadership positions. I currently hold a position as Allied Health Manager at Metro North Mental Health Alcohol and Drug Service (Brisbane).
I hold a committee role in the ePsychology interest group and am the convener of the Psychology & Substance Use (PSU) interest group. Convening the PSU interest group allows me to network with others in the field across the country, and to initiate and pursue psychology related AOD sector priorities through a national forum.


Ms Leeanne Brient
Phone: 0448340895
Student Member of the APS since 2012, Associate Member from 2012, Member since 2015. Qualified as a psychologist through 4 + 2 with the Alcohol and Drug Service in Northern Tasmania, currently employed by DVA for the Veterans and Veteran's Families Counselling Service (VVCS) since June 2016. PSU committee member from Aug 2014, secretary from Nov 2016 (ongoing).


Mr Steven Leicester

Committee Member

Prof Debra Rickwood
Phone: 0407661157
Dr Debra Rickwood is Professor of Psychology at the University of Canberra and Chief Scientific Advisor for headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation. She is a Fellow of the APS and member of the College of Community Psychologists. She researches in the are of mental health, particularly youth mental health.

Committee Member

Ms Caroline Long
Caroline Long has been working in the AOD/dual diagnosis sector across 28 years in research, clinical and management roles within academic, public and private services. Other areas of specialisation include domestic violence, trauma, psycho-oncology and post separation family functioning. Caroline is currently the Service Development Manager at Odyssey House Victoria, a specialist AOD treatment service. Caroline started with the PSU in 2014.

Committee Member

Dr Latha Nithyanandam

Committee Member

Mr Darren Watts
Phone: 0266400123
Senior Psychologist, Drug and Alcohol Services, Richmond / Clarence Network, Northern NSW Local Health District. A Psychologist since 2004, Darren has a long background in Mental Health Services, including holding leadership and legal roles, as well as having functions in various specialist portfolio positions. A long period in a portfolio involving dual diagnosis further developed this area of interest eventually resulting in a movement to the Drug and Alcohol sector. Darren has only recently joined the PSU as a committee member.

Committee Member

Dr Lynne Magor-Blatch