Associate Professor Adrian Kelly

Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Youth Substance Abuse
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 344 32534


My primary career interest is in evidence-based approaches to improving mental health in young people, and finding new ways of getting high quality mental health research implemented in real-world contexts, where problems are often complex and multi-level. I bring clinical, research and business perspectives to health service implementation, with a focus on cost effective and human-centred approaches that capitalise on evidence. I am an AHPRA-registered psychologist, with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, and I am a member of the College of Clinical Psychologists (Australian Psychological Society). I am also a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Business and Economics. I have published over 100 scientific papers and have received approximately $4M in competitive research grants and fellowships. I am the first chief investigator on most of my grants, and my research has been recognised with national awards for innovation in research and clinical practice.

Research Interests

  • Cross-institutional ideas generation and development in the youth substance abuse arena
  • Translation of research into practice - Improving parent/adolescent engagement
  • Co-creation of innovative solutions to youth substance abuse
  • Interactive Risk Profiles for Adolescent Drug Use
  • Primary Prevention Programs for Adolescent Drug Use
  • Clinical Psychology Intervenions for Drug Abuse


  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Psychology Clinical, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2014) Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.