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Professor Dan Lubman has worked across mental health and drug treatment settings in both the UK and Australia. He is Director of Turning Point, Australia's largest national addiction treatment, research and education centre, inaugural Director of the Monash Addiction Research Centre and Professor of Addiction Studies and Services at Monash University. Dr Lubman's research is wide-ranging and includes investigating the harms associated with alcohol, drugs and gambling, the impact of alcohol and drug use on brain function, the relationship between substance use, gambling and mental disorder, as well as the development of targeted telephone, online and face-to-face intervention programs within community, school, primary care, mental health and drug treatment settings.

Dr Lubman has published over 400 major reports, peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, and was Chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists' (RANZCP) Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry for over a decade. He is regularly contacted for policy advice and community comment, and sits on multiple government expert committees. He has received numerous awards, including the Senior Scientist Award from the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs, as well as the RANZCP Senior Research Award.

Research interests

Mapping trends and harms related to alcohol, presciption and illicit drugs and gambling

Improving help-seeking for alcohol, drug and gambling issues

Neurobiology of addiction and neurocognitive interventions

The impact of alcohol and drugs on adolescent brain development

Comorbid mental health, gambling and substance use disorders

School-based interventions and clinical treatment trials for problem alcohol, drug and gambling issues

Recovery and the role of social networks

Research area keywords

  • alcohol
  • drugs
  • gambling
  • addiction
  • imaging
  • cognition
  • psychosis
  • depression
  • treatment

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Projects 2011 2022

Research Output 1996 2020

Comparing rates and characteristics of ambulance attendances related to extramedical use of pharmaceutical opioids in Victoria, Australia from 2013 to 2018

Nielsen, S., Crossin, R., Middleton, M., Lam, T., Wilson, J., Scott, D., Martin, C., Smith, K. & Lubman, D., Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Addiction. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Does the effectiveness of mutual aid depend on compatibility with treatment philosophies offered at residential rehabilitation services?

Best, D., Manning, V., Allsop, S. & Lubman, D. I., Apr 2020, In : Addictive Behaviors. 103, 6 p., 106221.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Enhancing the utility of the problem gambling severity index in clinical settings: Identifying refined categories within the problem gambling category

Merkouris, S. S., Greenwood, C., Manning, V., Oakes, J., Rodda, S., Lubman, D. & Dowling, N. A., Apr 2020, In : Addictive Behaviors. 103, 5 p., 106257.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Neuroanatomical alterations in people with high and low cannabis dependence

Lorenzetti, V., Chye, Y., Suo, C., Walterfang, M., Lubman, D. I., Takagi, M., Whittle, S., Verdejo-Garcia, A., Cousijn, J., Pantelis, C., Seal, M., Fornito, A., Yücel, M. & Solowij, N., 1 Jan 2020, In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 54, 1, p. 68-75 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


APSAD Senior Scientist Award

Dan Lubman (Recipient), 14 Nov 2017

Prize: National/international honour

Excellence in Prevention and Education. National Alcohol and Drug Awards

Dan Lubman (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

ISAM Outstanding Achievement Award

Dan Lubman (Recipient), Nov 2018

Prize: National/international honour

RANZCP Organon Young Psychiatrist Award

Dan Lubman (Recipient), 2006

Prize: National/international honour

RANZCP Senior Research Award

Dan Lubman (Recipient), 2016

Prize: National/international honour