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Health Sciences profile

Associate Professor Simon Adamson

PositionAssociate Professor
DepartmentDepartment of Psychological Medicine (Christchurch)
QualificationsMSc DipClinPsych, PhD
Research summaryAlcohol and Drug problems

Research

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
  • prediction of treatment outcome
  • different methods of measuring outcome.
  • Publications

    Crossin, R., Boden, J. M., Wilkins, C., & Adamson, S. (2022). The New Zealand Illicit Drug Harms Index: How can it inform a health-based approach to drug use? New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1552), 8-10. Retrieved from https://journal.nzma.org.nz/

    Adamson, S. J., Martin, A., Deering, D. E. A., & Boden, J. M. (2021). New Zealand women's experience of intimacy within heterosexual relationships: Influence of partners' perceived pornography use. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 47(7), 656-668. doi: 10.1080/0092623x.2021.1937416

    Luquiens, A., Berger-Viergat, A., Larrieu, A., Artigaud, L., Fener, C., Adamson, S., … Rolland, B. (2021). Validation of the French version of the Cannabis Use Disorder Identification Test: Revised and comparison with the Cannabis Abuse Screening Test for screening cannabis use disorder in a psychiatric sample. Drug & Alcohol Review, 40, 1334-1339. doi: 10.1111/dar.13298

    Mclachlan, A., Pitama, S., & Adamson, S. J. (2020). Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua: Engaging Māori rural communities in health and social service care. AlterNative, 16(3), 202-210. doi: 10.1177/1177180120948275

    Artigaud, L., Fener, C., Bisch, M., Schwan, R., Schwitzer, T., De Ternay, J., Adamson, S. J., … Laprévote, V. (2020). Les outils de repérage pour les troubles de l’usage du cannabis et leur adaptation au DSM-5: une revue de littérature [Screening tools for cannabis use disorders and their adaptation to DSM-5: A literature review]. L'Encéphale, 46(5), 382-389. doi: 10.1016/j.encep.2020.02.010

    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.

    Chapter in Book - Research

    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.

    Chapter in Book - Research

    Adamson, S. J., Martin, A., Deering, D. E. A., & Boden, J. M. (2021). New Zealand women's experience of intimacy within heterosexual relationships: Influence of partners' perceived pornography use. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 47(7), 656-668. doi: 10.1080/0092623x.2021.1937416

    Journal - Research Article

    Luquiens, A., Berger-Viergat, A., Larrieu, A., Artigaud, L., Fener, C., Adamson, S., … Rolland, B. (2021). Validation of the French version of the Cannabis Use Disorder Identification Test: Revised and comparison with the Cannabis Abuse Screening Test for screening cannabis use disorder in a psychiatric sample. Drug & Alcohol Review, 40, 1334-1339. doi: 10.1111/dar.13298

    Journal - Research Article

    Gee, G., Conder, J., & Adamson, S. (2020). Alcohol use by people with an intellectual disability in Aotearoa/New Zealand: The protective influence of family and social and support networks. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 48, 216-223. doi: 10.1111/bld.12326

    Journal - Research Article

    Mclachlan, A., Pitama, S., & Adamson, S. J. (2020). Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua: Engaging Māori rural communities in health and social service care. AlterNative, 16(3), 202-210. doi: 10.1177/1177180120948275

    Journal - Research Article

    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

    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

    Journal - Research Article

    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

    Journal - Research Article

    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

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    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

    Journal - Research Article

    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

    Journal - Research Article

    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

    Journal - Research Article

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Journal - Research Article

    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

    Journal - Research Article

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Journal - Research Article

    Adamson, S. J., Sellman, J. D., Futterman-Collier, A., Huriwai, T. T., Deering, D. E., Todd, F. C., & Robertson, P. J. (2000). A profile of alcohol and drug clients in New Zealand: Results from the 1998 national telephone survey. New Zealand Medical Journal, 113, 414-416.

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    Adamson, S. J., & Sellman, J. D. (1998). The pattern of intravenous drug use and associated criminal activity in patients on a methadone treatment waiting list. Drug & Alcohol Review, 17, 159-166.

    Journal - Research Article

    Crossin, R., Boden, J. M., Wilkins, C., & Adamson, S. (2022). The New Zealand Illicit Drug Harms Index: How can it inform a health-based approach to drug use? New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1552), 8-10. Retrieved from https://journal.nzma.org.nz/

    Journal - Research Other

    Artigaud, L., Fener, C., Bisch, M., Schwan, R., Schwitzer, T., De Ternay, J., Adamson, S. J., … Laprévote, V. (2020). Les outils de repérage pour les troubles de l’usage du cannabis et leur adaptation au DSM-5: une revue de littérature [Screening tools for cannabis use disorders and their adaptation to DSM-5: A literature review]. L'Encéphale, 46(5), 382-389. doi: 10.1016/j.encep.2020.02.010

    Journal - Research Other

    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

    Journal - Research Other

    Schroder, R., Sellman, J. D., & Adamson, S. (2017). Measuring eating compulsivity in the wider clinical context. Substance Use & Misuse, 52(14), 1925-1926. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1343355

    Journal - Research Other

    Deering, D., Sellman, J. D., & Adamson, S. (2014). Opioid substitution treatment in New Zealand: A 40 year perspective. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1397). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

    Journal - Research Other

    Sellman, J. D., Foulds, J. A., Adamson, S. J., Todd, F. C., & Deering, D. E. (2014). DSM-5 alcoholism: A 60-year perspective. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48(6), 507-511. doi: 10.1177/0004867414532849

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    Adamson, S. J. (2012). Psychology and addiction special section editorial. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 41(1), 5-6. [Editorial].

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    Sellman, D., & Adamson, S. (2012). Alcohol harms. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1360). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

    Journal - Research Other

    Adamson, S. J. (2010). The problem with drinking: Public attitudes, the severity continuum and treatment needs: A commentary on McFarlane and Tuffin (2010) and Pulford et al. (2010). New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 39(3), 56-58.

    Journal - Research Other

    Sellman, D., Adamson, S., Todd, F., & Deering, D. (2010). Science will uncover the mysteries of addiction in the end [Commentary]. Addiction, 105(1), 20-21. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02867.x

    Journal - Research Other

    Adamson, S. J., & Wells, J. E. (2009). Hazardous drinking: Not just an issue for the minority of drinkers [Editorial]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1306). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1306/3891/content.pdf

    Journal - Research Other

    Sellman, J. D., Baker, M. P., Adamson, S. J., & Geering, L. G. (2007). Future of God in recovery from drug addiction. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41, 800-808.

    Journal - Research Other

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