Professor Leanne Hides


School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affiliate Professor

Centre for Youth Substance Abuse
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56398


Professor Leanne Hides holds an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship and the industry-supported Lives Lived Well Chair in Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health at the University of Queensland. She is a senior clinical psychologist with almost 20 years of clinical and research experience in the treatment of primary and comorbid substance use disorders in young people. Professor Hides has led 15 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) on substance use treatment and has been a chief investigator (CI) on a further 11. She also develops web and mobile-phone based programs.

Professor Hides has been a chief investigator on 12 NHMRC project grants including two as the lead investigator. She has over 150 publications including 127 peer-reviewed journals and has written 5 treatment and training manuals. Professor Hides’ work has been presented her work at over 100 conferences.

Prof Hides' current research interests include:

  • Developing and testing new models for understanding youth substance use and comorbidity
  • Improving the treatment of youth substance use and comorbidity by:
    • Integrating more strengths-based approaches
    • Identifying and enhancing mechanisms of change
    • Combining psychological and pharmacological treatments,
    • Integrating mobile phone and web-based interventions
  • Understanding the relationship between youth wellbeing and mental disorders
  • Development of mobile phone and web-based interventions targeting the mental health and wellbeing of young people
    • Ray’s night out: mobile app targeting risky alcohol use
    • music eScape: mobile app using music to improve affect regulation
    • Breakup Shakeup: mobile app for coping with relationship breakups
    • Keep it Real: web-based program targeting psychotic-like experiences in substance users
    • Routine outcome monitoring (ROM) plus feedback in SMART Recovery Australia: a feasibility study examining SMART ROM (led by A/Prof Kelly, UoW).
  • Training, supervision, and dissemination of evidence-based practice

Current projects

  • Commonwealth Department of Health (Connor & Hides), Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR) National Addiction Centre
  • NHMRC MRFF Million Minds (led by A/Prof March, USQ): Translating evidence-based interventions into population-level digital models of care for child & adolescent mental health
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Hides): Brief interventions to prevent future alcohol-related harm in young people presenting to emergency departments.
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Hides: Randomised controlled trial of a telephone-delivered social well-being and engaged living (SWEL) intervention for disengaged at-risk youth
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Teesson, University of Sydney)- Internet-based universal prevention for anxiety, depression and substance use in young Australians
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Teesson, University of Sydney)- Healthy, wealthy and wise: The long-term effectiveness of an online universal program to prevent substance use and mental health problems among Australian youth
  • Paul Ramsay Foundation (led by Prof Teesson, University of Sydney): The Healthy Lifestyles program: An innovative online primary and secondary prevention intervention
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof David Kavanagh, QUT) - Trial of a new low-cost treatment to support self-management of Alcohol Use Disorder: Functional Imagery Training
  • NHMRC Project (led by A/Prof Toombs, University of QLD) - Indigenous Network Suicide Intervention Skills Training (INSIST): Can a community designed and delivered framework reduce suicide/self-harm in Indigenous youth?
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Clare Collins, University of Newcastle) Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of varying levels of technology-delivered personalised feedback on dietary patterns in motivating young Australian adults to improve diet quality and eating habits: The Advice, Ideas and Motivation for My Eating study
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Sue Cotton, University of Melbourne) - Rates, patterns and predictors of long-term outcome in a treated first-episode psychosis cohort

Research Impacts

Professor Hides led the eTools for Wellbeing project at QUT as part of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) between 2011 and 2016. The six eTools including three mobile apps and two websites developed as part of this project were disseminated through the CRC's 75+ partners. They are freely available online. Two of the apps were listed in Buzzfeed’s 2015 top 11 mental health apps. This eTools for Wellbeing program won a TheMHS Mental Health Prevention/Promotion Award in 2016 and the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) has won national and international awards, been requested by 100+ researchers and translated into 7 languages.

The Commonwealth funded Youth Comorbidity Initiative Professor Hides led at the Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne between 2004 and 2009 had a significant impact on national youth comorbidity practice, training and policy in Australia. This initiative developed and implemented youth comorbidity assessment, treatment and training programs across the youth alcohol and drug, mental health and primary care sectors in Northern/Western Melbourne. Over 1000 young people with comorbid substance use and mental health issues accessed the services and almost 350 participated in three clinical trials. Overall, the initiative attracted over $2 million in funding and resulted in 17 publications including 12 peer-reviewed journal articles and 5 book chapters. Hides won an Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD) early career researcher award for this work.


  • Doctor of Philoshopy, Griffith University


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Hides, Leanne (2013). Diagnostic dilemmas in comorbidity. In Peter M. Miller (Ed.), Interventions for addiction: comprehensive addictive behaviors and disorders (pp. 309-315) San Diego, CA, United States: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-398338-1.00032-4

  • Hides, Leanne, Kavanagh, David J. and Mueser, Kim T. (2011). Understanding cannabis use in schizophrenia. In David Castle, Robin M. Murray and Deepak Cyril D'Souza (Ed.), Marijuana and madness 2nd ed. (pp. 218-224) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511706080.021

  • Wade, Darryl, Hides, Leanne, Baker, Amanda and Lubman, Dan (2009). Substance misuse in first-episode psychosis. In The Recognition and Management of Early Psychosis: A Preventive Approach, Second Edition (pp. 243-256) : Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511576287.015

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor