National Addiction Centre (NAC) staff currently consists
five joint clinical-academic staff, one research fellow
and two secretarial support staff. The academic staff consists
of three psychiatrists, one clinical psychologist and a nurse.
All academic positions have a clinical component in the alcohol
and drug treatment field. This is viewed as crucial for the
linkage between the NAC and the treatment field, in addition
to a strong emphasis on consultation/liaison.
Doug Sellman (Director) MBChB PhD FRANZCP FAChAM
graduated MBChB from the University of Otago in 1980 and then
completed postgraduate training in psychiatry in Christchurch,
New Zealand, gaining his FRANZCP in 1987. He was appointed as
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine at
the Christchurch School of Medicine in 1991 and research subsequently
led to the completion of a PhD under the supervision of Professor
Peter Joyce on the topic of "Alcoholic Relapse", in 1997. He
was promoted to a Personal Chair in Psychiatry and Addiction
Medicine in 2005 and was a foundation member of the Australasian
Chapter of Addiction Medicine in 2002.
took a leading role in the successful tendering for the National
Addiction Centre (formerly known as the National Centre for Treatment
Development (Alcohol, Drugs & Addiction) and has been Director
of the Centre from its outset in 1996.
with colleagues and supervising research students, he is currently
involved in a full range of alcohol, drug and addiction related
has been active in the development of alcohol and drug teaching
at the Christchurch School of Medicine & Health Sciences
over the past fifteen years. He developed a two-week inter-departmental
block course for fifth-year medical students which has been running
since 1995. He has also been instrumental in the development
of a Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction & Coexisting Disorders
through the University of Otago, which is now available nationally
to a multidisciplinary group of students.
clinical work since graduation as a psychiatrist in 1987 has
been in the alcohol and drug area, and since 1994 he has been
consultant to the alcohol and drug stream of the Youth Specialty
Service in Christchurch, a specialist mental health service for
people aged 13-18 years.
is an enthusiastic member of the Harewood Golf Course in Christchurch
and an active opponent of dieting, gym attendance and declaring
war on anything.
Fraser Todd (Deputy Director
- Teaching) PhD, MBChB FRANZCP FAChAM
graduated from the University of Otago in 1985, undertook training
in psychiatry in London and Christchurch and gained his FRANZCP
in 1997. He has been employed in the position of Senior Lecturer
in the NAC at the Christchurch School of Medicine & Health
Sciences since March 1997 and he works as a consultant psychiatrist
at Youth Specialty Services, Hillmorton Hospital.
areas of special interest include cannabis and coexisting substance
use and mental health problems. He headed the development of
guidelines for the "Assessment and Management of People with
Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders" undertaken at the
NAC, and is involved in research into the effects of alcohol
and cannabis use on the presentation and outcome of people admitted
with a first episode of psychosis.
is also involved in a range of teaching activities. He is coordinating
PSMX 404 "Assessment of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders" and
also has involvement with the other postgraduate papers offered
by the NAC.
Deering (Deputy Director - Liaison) PhD, RN
has been on the academic staff of the NAC since 1997. She is
a registered nurse and has worked extensively in the alcohol
and drug and youth and family mental health areas since 1980
as a clinician and a manager. Her particular interests have been
in therapeutic practice and collaborative service development.
She has a long-standing interest in promoting nursing within
the alcohol and drug treatment field with a particular focus
on advanced practice and, more broadly, nurses competencies in
working with people with alcohol and drug problems/disorders
and co-existing disorders in a range of settings. Between 2000
and August 2007 her joint clinical position was Director of Mental
Health Nursing Practice for the Canterbury Area Health Board.
Her current clinical component involves working with participants
in the Treatment of Alcohol and Mood (TEAM) study.
received her PhD from the University of Otago in 2007 for a dissertation
titled "Methadone Maintenance Treatment in New Zealand".
Her Master of Health Sciences degree was award in 1997 with distinction.
Her thesis was titled "Opioid Dependence, Methadone Treatment
and the Measurement of In-Treatment Outcome".
was a project co-ordinator, together with Terry Huriwai, for
the development of ALAC commissioned Guidelines for Alcohol and
Drug Agency Clinical Process Self-evaluation. Her current research
of the New Zealand Treatment of Alcohol and Mood (TEAM) study,
a randomised controlled pharmacotherapy trial.
of the 2008 National Telephone Survey of alcohol and drug
treatment workers in dedicated alcohol and drug treatment
settings, which will repeat the 1998 and 2004 surveys.
investigator of Phase II of the National ADOPT Project (Alcohol
and Drug Outcomes Project).
of the National Opioid Project.
is the course co-ordinator for PSMX 422 "Treatment of Addiction
and Coexisting Disorders", with a focus on clinical case-management
and therapeutic working with clients and significant others.
In addition, she has input into a number of other National Addiction
Centre papers with a focus on coexisting disorders.
Simon Adamson (Senior Lecturer, Deputy Director
Research) PhD, DipClinPsyc, MNZCCP, DAPAANZ (Competent Practitioner)
received his PhD from the University of Otago in 2004 for a dissertation
titled "Clinical Predictors of Treatment Outcome for Alcohol
Use Disorders" and also graduated with Distinction from
the University of Canterbury in 1997, having completed a Masters
Thesis entitled "Drug Use and Crime in a Christchurch Sample
of Opioid Dependent Drug Users". He currently works as a
Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Christchurch Methadone Programme
and has worked within the Community Alcohol and Drug Services
since 1996. Simon was appointed to the National Addiction Centre
as Lecturer in May 1997.
projects Simon is currently involved in include:
investigator of the 2008 National Telephone Survey of the
addiction treatment workforce.
investigator of the Moana House Evaluation Project.
of the Treatment Evaluation of Alcohol and Mood (TEAM) Study,
a randomised controlled trial of the treatment of comorbid
alcohol dependence and depression with combined pharmacotherapy
and active clinical casemanagement.
investigator of the Cannabis Use Disorders Identification
Test (CUDIT) refinement study.
of Opioid Dependence in New Zealand, a study designed to
estimate the prevalence of opioid dependence, the demand
for treatment and barriers to that treatment.
teaching responsibilities include coordination of PSMX 416 "Applied
Theory of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders".
is the father of three boys. He enjoys tramping, the occasional
mountain bike ride, reading and music. A daily pleasure is cycling
Ria Schroder (Research
has been working at the NAC as a Research Fellow since 2004.
Previous to this she was a student and Teaching Fellow in the
School of Education at the University of Canterbury where she
completed her PhD entitled "From 'I Had a Big Grin on My
Face' to I'd Rather Be Eating McDonalds': Recognising the Diversity
and Complexity of Teenage Girls' Experiences of Sexual Intercourse" in
working at the National Addiction Centre Ria has been involved
in a number of research projects investigating ways of improving
AOD treatment services for youth. These include the Youth Treatment
Retention Study (YTRS) which examined factors affecting retention
in youth AOD treatment programmes. Current youth focussed studies
Odyssey House, Christchurch, Youth Outcomes Study -
a 12 month follow-up study of youth attending the youth
day and/or residential programme at Odyssey House in Christchurch.
Youth Follow-up National Telephone Survey - a survey
of AOD and gambling treatment workers who work with youth
in dedicated AOD or gambling treatment settings.
recently Ria has developed an interest in addictive overeating
and the role this may play in the current obesity epidemic. Current
work in this area includes a qualitative study examining clinician
and consumer perspectives of obesity and assisting in the development
of a randomised controlled trial entitled "Abstinence vs
Moderation Approaches to 'Problem Foods' in Obesity Treatment:
The 'Problem Foods' Study".
is also the current editor of the Addiction Treatment Research
News (ATRN) a newsletter published three times a year by the
Addiction Treatment Research Interest Group (ATRIG) and is co-editor
of the Addiction Treatment Research Monograph (ATRM).
of work, Ria enjoys spending time with friends and family and
exploring the beach and forest with her beloved dog Sabina. Ria
is also a keen cyclist, an occasional jogger and an avid fan
of a good book.
James Foulds (Clinical Senior Lecturer) MBChB
graduated from the University of Otago in 1996 and
completed specialist training in psychiatry in Melbourne
in 2006. Since returning to Christchurch in 2008 he
has worked as a Consultant
Psychiatrist in Christchurch and on the West Coast.
is the co-convenor of fourth year medical student teaching
in addiction medicine. His research interests include the epidemiology
of alcohol use, particularly in relation to mental health comorbidity,
and the treatment of alcohol related mental illness.
other areas of interest include occupational mental health
and, in particular, mental illness and substance use in safety-sensitive
industries such as mining and aviation.
Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin (PhD Student)
MBChB (Otago), M. Psych Med (Malaya)
graduated from the University of Otago in 2002 and later
continued practicing and specialising in Malaysia where he
is a senior
lecturer in psychiatry with the University of Malaya. He
is a founding member of the University's addiction centre,
the University of Malaya Centre for Addiction Sciences (UMCAS).
He has returned to New Zealand to continue his PhD studies
at the NAC. His study is related to mental health and smoking.
He was also involved with the recently concluded Zonnic™ and
Patch Smoking Cessation Study (ZAP) conducted from the NAC.
He is hopeful that his work will one day enable him to assist
and improve their overall health.
is also involved with teaching undergraduates at the NAC,
particularly in the field of nicotine addiction. He also
contributes to the community as a representative of the NAC
in the Smokefree Canterbury Network (SFC). It is his intention
to develop collaborations in smoking cessation between Malaysia
and New Zealand when he completes his PhD.
returning to Christchurch, he has experienced all
the major earthquakes and the many aftershocks. He has also
returned to the sport of cycling and uses this to de-stress
after a busy day at work helping people quit smoking as well
as reading, reporting and analysing data for his project.
commenced administrative work at Sunnyside Hospital in 1987
and subsequently became the receptionist at Mahu Clinic,
a multi-faceted alcohol and drug clinic which combined assessment,
outpatient treatment, residential treatment and methadone
treatment programmes. In 1993 she was offered a secretarial
position in the Department of Psychological Medicine and
in September 1996 was appointed secretary to the National
Addiction Centre. Lisa's pivotal position means that she
is involved in all activities and projects. In her spare
time Lisa enjoys nothing better than finding a small cupboard
or shoe box to hide in.
Atkins (Postgraduate Secretary)
joined the National Addiction Centre staff in April 1999. As
well as administering the postgraduate papers at the National
Addiction Centre, she is the secretary/treasurer of the Addiction
Treatment Research Interest Group (ATRIG). Lindsay has a Bachelor
of Arts majoring in history and sociology from the University
of Canterbury. When time
permits, she loves to read (particularly history books) and
spend time in her garden.