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Professor Maree Teesson AC

BSc (Psychology) (Hons) UNSW, PhD. (Psychiatry) UNSW

Elected: 2015

Discipline: Psychology

Specialisation: Public health, alcohol, substance misuse, epidemiology, treatment, mental health


Professor Maree Teesson is the Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS), an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Fellow and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and Professorial Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW. Maree was awarded Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers. In 2014, she was named one of the Australian Financial Review/Westpac’s 100 women of influence in the category of innovation.  She has made a major contribution to Australia’s health and medical research effort in the field of mental health and substance use. In particular, she is known nationally and internationally for her research on the comorbidity between mental health and substance use disorders.


Director, NHMRC CRE in Mental Disorders and Substance Use, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre


Fellow, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Member, US College of Problems in Drug Dependence

Member, Society for Mental Health Research

Member, Society for the Study of Addiction

Member, International Society for Research on Internet Interventions

NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship

Award, 2014 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentoring of Young Researchers

Award, 2014 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs Senior Scientist Award

Finalist, 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence. Innovation category

Member, Management Committee, The Mental Health Services Conference Inc

Award, 2013 UNSW Medicine Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement

Companion of the Order of Australia, 2018


Teesson, M., Marel, C., Darke, S., Ross, J., Slade, T., Burns, L., Mills, K. L. (2015). Long-term mortality, remission, criminality and psychiatric comorbidity of heroin dependence: 11-year findings from the Australian Treatment Outcome Study. Addiction, 110(6), 986-993.

Teesson M, Newton N, Slade T, Chapman C, Allsop S, Hides L, McBride N, Mewton L, Tonks Z, Birrell L, Brownhill L, Andrews G. (2014) . The CLIMATE Schools Combined study: A cluster randomised controlled trial of a universal Internet-based prevention program for youth substance misuse, depression and anxiety. BMC Psychiatry, 14(1): 32.

Mills K, Teesson M, Back S, Brady K, Baker A, Hopwood S, Sannibale C, Barrett EL, Merz S, Rosenfeld J. (2012). Integrated exposure based therapy for co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder and substance dependence: A randomized controlled trial, Journal of the American Medical Association, 308(7), 690-699.

Teesson M, Slade T, Swift W, Mills K, Memedovic S, Mewton, N, Grove R, Newton N, Hall W. (2012). Cannabis Use Disorders in Australia: Findings from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(12), 1182-1192.

Kelly, E. V., Newton, N. C., Stapinski, L. A., Slade, T., Barrett, E. L., Conrod, P. J., & Teesson, M. (2015). Suicidality, internalizing problems and externalizing problems among adolescent bullies, victims and bully-victims. Preventive medicine, 73(0), 100-105.


Website: http://www.comorbidity.edu.au
Email: maree.teesson [at] sydney.edu.au
Work Phone: (02) 9385 0236

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