Mental Health Research
‘FullFix: A pilot randomised control trial of a telephone delivered transdiagnostic intervention for comorbid substance and mental health problems in young people’
University of Queensland, QLD
“Young people with comorbid AOD and mental health problems, particularly those in rural and remote areas can find it difficult to access effective treatment for both conditions.”
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 over 17 years of clinical and research experience in the treatment of primary and comorbid substance use disorders in young people. Hides co-leads the $2.3m Federal Government funded grant for the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR), the only youth focused substance use research centre in Australia.
She also led a major research program developing web and mobile-phone based programs for the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) between 2010 and 2016.
Mental health and alcohol/other drug (AOD) disorders are both at their peak and the leading cause of disability and death worldwide in young people. Comorbidity between AOD and mental health disorders is common, and current treatment approaches often fail to adequately address the risk and protective factors underlying these disorders. Transdiagnostic cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) cuts across diagnostic boundaries to target the common psychological factors that underlie multiple disorders.
This randomised controlled trial will determine if a new risk and protective factor-targeted transdiagnostic CBT telehealth program (FullFix) for comorbid AOD and mental health problems in young people has better outcomes and is more cost-effective than standard AOD care (case management and AOD counselling).
Co-Investigators: Zoe Walter, Catherine Quinn, Dominique de Andrade, Genevieve Dingle, Maree Toombs, Amanda Baker & Alison Beck