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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Associate Professor Simon Adamson

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

Research

Simon'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 and different methods of measuring outcome.

Publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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., & 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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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