NDRI expands postgraduate student research

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) has expanded into new areas of research and strengthened work in its Justice Health program with several new postgraduate scholars beginning their Doctorate and Master’s studies in recent months.

PhD scholars enrolled through NDRI’s headquarters in Perth include Robert Shaw, whose thesis title is ‘An exploration of substance use and other contributing factors to Indigenous incarceration and identification of supports needed to reduce (re)offending.’ A lecturer at Curtin University’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Robert will be co-supervised by NDRI Program Leaders Professor Paul Dietze and Dr Jocelyn Jones.

Also situated in the NDRI Justice Health team but supervised through NDRI’s office in Melbourne is Emmanuel Mammoliti, who research focuses on understanding the impacts of criminal justice involvement on the health and social outcome of people who use drugs. Emmanuel, whose research is part of Australian Research Council (ARC) scholarship, is also being supervised by Professor Paul Dietze with NDRI’s Associate Professor Michael Livingston and Dr Michael Curtis as co-supervisors.

NDRI researcher Emma Vieira has also joined NDRI’s postgraduate student ranks, balancing her full-time PhD project titled ‘Investigating young people's drinking: the role of gender in health and harm outcomes’ with a part-time research officer role at the Institute’s Melbourne office. Emma is supervised by Associate Professor Michael Livingston and co-supervised by Dr Nic Taylor.

NDRI has also welcomed Ruth Becker, who hails from Brazil, as a Master of Philosophy (Health Sciences) student. Supervised by Research Fellow Shelley Walker and co-supervised by fellow NDRI researchers Dr Sam Colledge-Frisby and Dr Jodie Grigg, Ruth’s Master’s thesis uses a mixed-method study to examine how housing instability impacts the health and wellbeing of women who inject drugs.

All NDRI PhD and Masters scholars are enrolled through Curtin University. Click here for more information on postgraduate study at NDRI

Posted on: 15 May 2024

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