Dr Catherine Quinn

Senior Research Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affiliate Research Fellow

National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Overview

Major research themes include substance use, mental health and wellbeing, particularly in youth populations, which is evidenced by Dr Quinn being the lead investigator on 1) A purpose built website for counsellors delivering telehealth substance use treatment; 2) a longitudinal school-based project with over 2000 students, following students from Grade 7 to 12, examining social cognitive and peer factors associated with substance use, bullying, depression, anxiety and wellbeing; 3) a controlled trial, in partnership with Red Frogs, comparing the impact of three interventions on substance use, mental health and wellbeing 334 post-schoolies and O-week, as well as co-investigator for five randomized control trials (RCTs) focused on young people’s substance use, psychosis and wellbeing; an evaluation of the PTSD Coach Australia mobile application with the Department of Veterans Affairs and a project with YMCA, implementing a wellbeing program for disengaged youth.

In her current role, working with Lives Lived Well (LLW), a large drug and alcohol treatment service, Dr Quinn has assisted LLW to select and implement evidence-based screening tools for clients entering their service; has also worked with LLW staff to improve understanding of comorbid gambling in substance using populations; while also concurrently working on a controlled trial examining the efficacy of the Grit Wellbeing program for young people entering substance use treatment; and the development of a brief intervention that has the potential to be disseminated across their organisation for all clients entering the service. Dr Quinn has also been project managing QuikFix, a large randomized control implementation trial for 16-25 year olds with alcohol, cannabis or methamphetamine concerns, and has recently begun a project to examine the impact of organizational factors on implementation and client outcomes.

Research Interests

  • Youth substance use, bullying, wellbeing and mental health
  • Understanding the impact of peers and social networks on young people's substance use, mental ill-health and wellbeing
  • Determining effective ways to target social cognitive processes in substance use prevention and treatment
  • Understanding the impact of substance use and misuse on broader social networks, including families and friends
  • Understanding the characteristics of those who seek help from alcohol and other drug services

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy with Master of Clinical Psy, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts (HONS), Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Quinn, Catherine A. (2019). Can we mind the gap in implementation research?. Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference 2019 (APSAD 2019), Hobart, TAS, Australia, 10–13 November 2019. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: WILEYWiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/dar.12991

  • Quinn, Catherine, Nykiel, Luke, Pocuca, Nina, Allan, Julaine, Moloney, Gerard and Hides, Leanne (2019). Latent class analysis of trauma, PTSD, addictive behaviours and mental health concerns. 16th European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 14-16 June 2019. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2019.1613836

  • Quinn, Catherine A., Hides, Leanne, Walters, Zoe, Riordan, Benjamin C., De Andrade, Dominique, Connor, Jason P., Merrill, Jennifer E., Ward, Rose Marie, Chan, Gary C. K., Pocuca, Nina, Cotton, Susan, Daglish, Mark, Mergard, Lance, Young, Ross and Kavanagh, David (2019). Symposium: novel approaches to address the complexities of youth substance use. APSAD 2019 Conference, Hobart, TAS Australia, 10–13 November 2019. Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Quinn, Catherine A., Hides, Leanne, De Andrade, Dominique, Elphinston, Rachel, Wilson, Megan and Kavanagh, David (2018). Impact of brief psychoeducational interventions for reducing alcohol use and related harm in school leavers. APSAD 2018 Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 4–7 November 2018. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/dar.12862

  • Quinn, Catherine, Hides, Leanne, De Andrade, Dominique, Elphinston, Rachel, Wilson, Megan and Kavanagh, David (2018). Impact of brief psychoeducational interventions for reducing alcohol use and related harm in school leavers. Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD), Auckland, New Zealand, 4-7 November, 2018. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

  • De Andrade, Dominique, Hides, Leanne, Quinn, Catherine, Elphinston, Rachel and Allan, Julaine (2018). The effectiveness of residential treatment services for individuals with substance use disorders: A review of recent evidence. Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD), Auckland, New Zealand, 4-7 November 2018. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/dar.12862

  • Hides, Leanne, Elphinston, Rachel and Quinn, Catherine (2018). Workshop: QuikFix: A new risk-targeted brief intervention for young people at risk of substance-related harm. Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD), Auckland, New Zealand, 4-7 November, 2018. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

  • Thomas, Rebekah L., Kelly, Adrian B., Chan, Gary C. K., Hides, Leanne M., Quinn, Catherine A., Kavanagh, David J. and Williams, Joanne W. (2017). An examination of gender differences in the association of adolescent substance use and eating and weight loss attitudes. APSAD 2017 Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 12-15 November 2017. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/dar.12613

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor