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Electronic brief interventions for unhealthy alcohol use

Professor John Cunningham, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada


Internet and mobile phone interventions targeting unhealthy alcohol use have been available for more than 20 years. Enough research has accumulated for the conduct of systematic reviews supporting the overall efficacy of these interventions. This presentation will take a ‘trees in the forest’ approach – discussing the types of interventions available, and the issues with conducting research in this area – to provide a critical overview of current research as well as a discussion of future directions. Examples will be drawn primarily from the presenters’ own research in this area.

Professor John Cunningham (PhD, experimental psychology, University of Toronto, 1995) works in the intersection between clinical and population health. His research is driven by the question, “how do people change from addictive behaviours?” To answer this question, John has combined population research methods with clinical and other research traditions. The findings from these studies have been translated into a series of brief interventions for people with unhealthy alcohol use, or other addictions concerns, that can be applied in treatment or community settings. John currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Addictions, is a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and a Professor at the University of Toronto.

Date Friday, 8 February 2019
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Seminar
Public Lecture

William James Seminar Room 103, William James Building, 275 Leith Walk, Otago Campus



Contact Name

Norma Bartlett

Contact Phone

+64 3 479 7644




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