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Simon Adamson Associate Professor

DipClinPsych MSc (Dist) (Cant) PhD (Otago)

Email simon.adamson@otago.ac.nz

Simon Adamson's area of research interest is in the description, identification and treatment of addictive disorders.

In particular he has an interest in treatment outcome, having examined issues of

  • treatment effectiveness
  • treatment efficacy
  • prediction of treatment outcome
  • different methods of measuring outcome.

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Publications

Sellman, D., Adamson, S., Foulds, J., Beaglehole, B., & Mulder, R. (2019). Another government ignores a recommendation to strengthen alcohol regulations. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1498), 7-9. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Deering, D. E. A., Adamson, S. J., Sellman, J. D., Henderson, C., Sheridan, J., Pooley, S., … Noller, G., & Frampton, C. M. A. (2018). Potential risk for fatal drug overdose perceived by people using opioid drugs. Drug & Alcohol Review, 37(S1), S309-S313. doi: 10.1111/dar.12635

Amer Nordin, A. S., Adamson, S. J., & Sellman, J. D. (2018). Food addiction does not explain weight gain in smoking cessation. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 13(2), 59-62. doi: 10.1017/jsc.2017.4

Richardson, D., Adamson, S., & Deering, D. (2018). Therapeutic alliance predicts mood but not alcohol outcome in a comorbid treatment setting. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 91, 28-36. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2018.04.007

Adamson, S. (2018, August). Pornography. Verbal presentation at the 9th South General Practice Conference & Medical Exhibition (GP CME), Christchurch, New Zealand.

Chapter in Book - Research

Sellman, J. D., MacEwan, I., Deering, D., & Adamson, S. (2007). A comparison of motivational interviewing with non-directive counselling. In G. Tober & D. Raistrick (Eds.), Motivational dialogue: Preparing addiction professionals for motivational interviewing practice. (pp. 137-150). Routledge.

Adamson, S. J. (1998). The costs of intravenous drug use and associated criminal activity. In J. D. Sellman, G. M. Robinson, R. McCormick & G. M. Dore (Eds.), The Long and the Short of Treatment for Alcohol and Drug Disorders. Christchurch, New Zealand: Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch.

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Journal - Research Article

Deering, D. E. A., Adamson, S. J., Sellman, J. D., Henderson, C., Sheridan, J., Pooley, S., … Noller, G., & Frampton, C. M. A. (2018). Potential risk for fatal drug overdose perceived by people using opioid drugs. Drug & Alcohol Review, 37(S1), S309-S313. doi: 10.1111/dar.12635

Richardson, D., Adamson, S., & Deering, D. (2018). Therapeutic alliance predicts mood but not alcohol outcome in a comorbid treatment setting. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 91, 28-36. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2018.04.007

Amer Nordin, A. S., Adamson, S. J., & Sellman, J. D. (2018). Food addiction does not explain weight gain in smoking cessation. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 13(2), 59-62. doi: 10.1017/jsc.2017.4

Dale, V., Heather, N., Adamson, S., Coulton, S., Copello, A., Godfrey, C., … on behalf of the UKATT Research Team. (2017). Predicting drinking outcomes: Evidence from the United Kingdom Alcohol Treatment Trial (UKATT). Addictive Behaviors, 71, 61-67. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.02.023

Adams, P. J., Sellman, D., Newcombe, D., Adamson, S., White, S., Deering, D., & Todd, F. (2017). Postgraduate alcohol and other drug practitioner training in New Zealand: Significant influences. Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs, 78(3), 468-474. doi: 10.15288/jsad.2017.78.468

Schroder, R., Sellman, J. D., & Adamson, S. (2017). Development and validation of a brief measure of eating compulsivity (MEC). Substance Use & Misuse, 52(14), 1918-1924. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1343352

Foulds, J. A., Mulder, R. T., Newton-Howes, G., Adamson, S. J., Boden, J. M., & Sellman, J. D. (2016). Personality predictors of drinking outcomes in depressed alcohol-dependent patients. Alcohol & Alcoholism, 51(3), 296-301. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agv122

Bonn-Miller, M. O., Heinz, A. J., Smith, E. V., Bruno, R., & Adamson, S. (2016). Preliminary development of a brief cannabis use disorder screening tool: The Cannabis Use Disorder Identification Test short-Form. Cannabis & Cannabinoid Research, 1(1), 252-260. doi: 10.1089/can.2016.0022

Foulds, J. A., Sellman, J. D., Adamson, S. J., Boden, J. M., Mulder, R. T., & Joyce, P. R. (2015). Depression outcome in alcohol dependent patients: An evaluation of the role of independent and substance-induced depression and other predictors. Journal of Affective Disorders, 174, 503-510. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2014.11.052

Amer Nordin, A. S., Sellman, J. D., & Adamson, S. J. (2015). The role of psychiatrists in tobacco dependence treatment. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, 16(1), 5-17. Retrieved from http://www.aseanjournalofpsychiatry.org

Foulds, J. A., Ton, K., Kennedy, M. A., Adamson, S. J., Mulder, R. T., & Sellman, J. D. (2015). OPRM1 genotype and naltrexone response in depressed alcohol-dependent patients. Pharmacogenetics & Genomics, 25(5), 270-273. doi: 10.1097/fpc.0000000000000128

Adamson, S. J., Kay-Lambkin, F. J., Baker, A., Frampton, C. M. A., Sellman, D., & Lewin, T. J. (2015). Measuring change in cannabis use. Addiction Research & Theory, 23(1), 43-49. doi: 10.3109/16066359.2014.926895

Adamson, S. J., Sellman, J. D., Foulds, J. A., Frampton, C. M. A., Deering, D., Dunn, A., Berks, J., Nixon, L., & Cape, G. (2015). A randomized trial of combined citalopram and naltrexone for nonabstinent outpatients with co-occurring alcohol dependence and major depression. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 35(2), 143-149. doi: 10.1097/jcp.0000000000000287

Foulds, J. A., Adamson, S. J., Boden, J. M., Williman, J. A., & Mulder, R. T. (2015). Depression in patients with alcohol use disorders: Systematic review and meta-analysis of outcomes for independent and substance-induced disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders, 185, 47-59. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2015.06.024

Caldwell, B. O., Adamson, S. J., & Crane, J. (2014). Combination rapid-acting nicotine mouth spray and nicotine patch therapy in smoking cessation. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16(10), 1356-1364. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntu084

Gilbert, C. V., Adamson, S. J., & Deering, D. E. (2014). Coexisting addiction and mental health practices of a national addiction workforce. Mental Health & Substance Abuse, 7(2), 144-156. doi: 10.1080/17523281.2013.806343

Foulds, J., Wells, J. E., Lacey, C., Adamson, S., Sellman, J. D., & Mulder, R. (2013). A comparison of alcohol measures as predictors of psychological distress in the New Zealand population. International Journal of Alcohol & Drug Research, 2(1), 59-67. doi: 10.7895/ijadr.v2i1.73

Richardson, D. F., Adamson, S. J., & Deering, D. E. A. (2012). The role of therapeutic alliance in treatment for people with mild to moderate alcohol dependence. International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction, 10(5), 597-606. doi: 10.1007/s11469-011-9357-y

Benton, D. M., Deering, D. E. A., & Adamson, S. J. (2012). Treating co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders in an outpatient setting in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 41(1), 30-37.

Foulds, J., Wells, J. E., Lacey, C., Adamson, S., & Mulder, R. (2012). Harmful drinking and talking about alcohol in primary care: New Zealand population survey findings. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 126(6), 434-439. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2012.01871.x

Adamson, S. J., Deering, D. E. A., Sellman, J. D., Sheridan, J., Henderson, C., Robertson, R., … Frampton, C. M. A. (2012). An estimation of the prevalence of opioid dependence in New Zealand. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23(1), 87-89. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2011.05.013

McLachlan, A. D., Hungerford, R. L., Schroder, R. N., & Adamson, S. J. (2012). Practitioners' experiences of collaboration, working with and for rural Māori. Australian Community Psychologist, 24(1), 52-63.

Deering, D. E. A., Sheridan, J., Sellman, J. D., Adamson, S. J., Pooley, S., Robertson, R., & Henderson, C. (2011). Consumer and treatment provider perspectives on reducing barriers to opioid substitution treatment and improving treatment attractiveness. Addictive Behaviors, 36(6), 636-642. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.01.004

Heather, N., Adamson, S. J., Raistrick, D., & Slegg, G. P. (2010). Initial preference for drinking goal in the treatment of alcohol problems: I. Baseline differences between abstinence and non-abstinence groups. Alcohol & Alcoholism, 45(2), 128-135. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agp096

Adamson, S. J., Heather, N., Morton, V., & Raistrick, D. (2010). Initial preference for drinking goal in the treatment of alcohol problems: II. Treatment outcomes. Alcohol & Alcoholism, 45(2), 136-142. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agq005

Pulford, J., Deering, D. E., Robinson, G., Wheeler, A., Adamson, S. J., Frampton, C. M. A., … Paton-Simpson, G. (2010). Development of a routine outcome monitoring instrument for use with clients in the New Zealand alcohol and other drug treatment sector: The Alcohol and Drug Outcome Measure (ADOM). New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 39(3), 35-45.

Adamson, S. J., & Todd, F. C. (2010). Drug use is a health issue. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1327). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1327/4462/content.pdf

Campbell, S. D., Adamson, S. J., & Carter, J. D. (2010). Client language during motivational enhancement therapy and alcohol use outcome. Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 38, 399-415. doi: 10.1017/S1352465810000263

Adamson, S. J., Kay-Lambkin, F. J., Baker, A. L., Lewin, T. J., Thornton, L., Kelly, B. J., & Sellman, J. D. (2010). An improved brief measure of cannabis misuse: The Cannabis Use Disorders Identification Test-Revised (CUDIT-R). Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 110, 137-143. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.02.017

Adamson, S. J., Sellman, J. D., & Frampton, C. M. A. (2009). Patient predictors of alcohol treatment outcome: A systematic review. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 36(1), 75-86. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2008.05.007

Durrant, R., Adamson, S., Todd, F., & Sellman, D. (2009). Drug use and addiction: Evolutionary perspective. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43(11), 1049-1056.

Preference Collaborative Review Group, including Adamson, S. J. (2008). Patients' preferences within randomised trials: Systematic review and patient level meta-analysis. BMJ, 337, a1864. doi: 10.1136/bmj.a1864

Deering, D. E., Sellman, J. D., Adamson, S. J., Horn, J., & Frampton, C. M. A. (2008). Development of a brief treatment instrument for routine clinical use with methadone maintenance treatment clients: The Methadone Treatment Index. Substance Use & Misuse, 43(11), 1666-1680.

Adamson, S. J., & Sellman, J. D. (2008). Five-year outcomes of alcohol-dependent persons treated with motivational enhancement. Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs, 69(4), 589-593.

Adamson, S. J., Sellman, J. D., & Robertson, P. J. (2008). Social phobia in an outpatient alcohol and drug treatment sample. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42(2), 134-140.

Adamson, S. J., Todd, F. C., Sellman, J. D., Huriwai, T., & Porter, J. (2006). Coexisting psychiatric disorders in a New Zealand outpatient alcohol and other drug clinical population. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 164-170.

Surgenor, L. J., Horn, J., Hudson, S. M., Adamson, S., & Robertson, P. (2006). Alcohol dependence and psychological sense of control: Refining the links. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 35(3), 146-152.

Adamson, S., Sellman, D., Deering, D., Robertson, P., & de Zwart, K. (2006). Alcohol and drug treatment population profile: A comparison of 1998 and 2004 data in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1244). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1244/2284/content.pdf

Adamson, S. J., Sellman, J. D., & Dore, G. M. (2005). Therapy preference and treatment outcome in clients with mild to moderate alcohol dependence. Drug & Alcohol Review, 24, 209-216.

Sheerin, I., Green, T., Sellman, D., Adamson, S., & Deering, D. (2004). Reduction in crime by drug users on a methadone maintenance therapy programme in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 117(1190). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/117-1190/795/content.pdf

Deering, D. E., Frampton, C. M. A., Horn, J., Sellman, J. D., Adamson, S. J., & Potiki, T. L. (2004). Health status of clients receiving methadone maintenance treatment using the SF-36 health survey questionnaire. Drug & Alcohol Review, 23, 273-280.

Adamson, S. J., & Sellman, J. D. (2003). A prototype screening instrument for cannabis use disorder: The Cannabis Use Disorders Identification Test (CUDIT) in an alcohol-dependent clinical sample. Drug & Alcohol Review, 22, 309-315.

Cowan, L., Deering, D. E., Crowe, M. T., Sellman, J. D., Futterman-Collier, A., & Adamson, S. J. (2003). Alcohol and drug treatment for women: Clinicians' beliefs and practice. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 12, 48-55.

Sellman, J. D., Adamson, S. J., Robertson, P. J., Sullivan, S., & Coverdale, J. (2002). Gambling in mild-moderate alcohol-dependent outpatients. Substance Use & Misuse, 37(2), 199-214.

Adamson, S. J., & Sellman, J. D. (2001). Drinking goal selection and treatment outcome in outpatients with mild to moderate alcohol dependence. Drug & Alcohol Review, 20(4), 351-359.

Robertson, P. J., Futterman-Collier, A., Sellman, J. D., Adamson, S. J., Deering, D. E., Todd, F. C., & Huriwai, T. T. (2001). Clinician beliefs and practices related to increasing responsivity to the needs of Maori with alcohol and drug problems. Substance Use & Misuse, 36(8), 1015-1032.

Deering, D. E., Adamson, S. J., Sellman, J. D., Frampton, C. M., & Robertson, P. J. (2001). A regional census of high school guidance counsellors: Current and perceived optimal practice in assisting students with alcohol and drug related problems. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 36(1), 81-92.

Sellman, J. D., Sullivan, P. F., Dore, G. M., Adamson, S. J., & MacEwan, I. (2001). A randomised controlled trial of motivational enhancement therapy (MET) for alcohol dependence. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 62(3), 389-396.

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