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Larance, Briony Dr

VC Postdoctoral Senior Research Fellow

  • VC Postdoctoral Senior Research Fellow - School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, UOW 2018 -
  • Affiliate - Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute 2019 -
  • Conjoint Senior Research Fellow - National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales 2019 -

Overview


Dr Larance is a Vice Chancellor’s  Postdoctoral Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, an Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute affiliate, and a Conjoint Senior Research Fellow at NDARC, UNSW Sydney. She completed a NHMRC early career research fellowship (2014-2018) at NDARC examining the trajectories and health consequences of pharmaceutical opioid use.

Her research examines strategies to reduce the harms associated with illicit drug use, and effective treatments for substance use disorders. Her work intersects psychology, addiction medicine, pain medicine, psychiatry and public health. She applies innovative research methods, undertaking prospective cohort studies, clinical trials, post-marketing surveillance studies and analyses of linked administrative data to generate critical knowledge relevant to health policy and clinical practice.

Research Overview


  • Dr Larance’s research examines strategies to reduce illicit drug harms and promote engagement with effective treatments for substance use disorders. Specific research interests include the use and extra-medical use of pharmaceutical opioids, 'abuse-deterrent' formulations, opioid dependence, anabolic steroids and methamphetamine. Her current projects include: a prospective cohort study of people prescribed opioids for non-cancer pain; a trial of long-acting (depot) buprenorphine injections for opioid dependence; a study examining opioid use among the Iranian community in Sydney; a feasibility trial of an app incorporating routine outcome monitoring and tailored feedback into mutual support groups (SMART Track); a study characterising SMART Recovery participants who use methamphetamine; studies examining suicide prevention responses in AOD services; a preliminary efficacy trial of an intervention for family and friends affected by someone else's methamphetamine use; and a mixed-methods study to increase the capacity of a Local Health District to respond to methamphetamine-related harm.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


    • Substance use disorders and treatment
    • Opioid dependence
    • Mental health and substance use
    • Physical health and substance use
    • Substance use and multicultural health
    Dr Larance is available to supervise Masters and PhD projects.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Developing effective parenting programs for vulnerable families: Exploring the utility of a proposed theoretical framework Osborne, Briony
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Integrated Treatment for the Comorbid Presentation of Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Disorder: Introducing Recovery Stories Carradus, Lenna
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Efficacy of Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Modalities for Migrant Iranian Men with Co-Occurring AOD and Mental Health Issues in Australia ¿ An Autoethnographic Atudy Latifi, Yalda

Keywords


  • opioids; heroin; opioid dependence; substance use disorders; methamphetamine; abuse deterrent formulations; anabolic steroids; performance and image enhancing drugs; people who inject drugs; methadone; buprenorphine; medication assisted treatment; help-seeking; alcohol and other drugs treatment

Mailing Address


  • Room 128a, Building 41

    Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Research Overview


  • Dr Larance’s research examines strategies to reduce illicit drug harms and promote engagement with effective treatments for substance use disorders. Specific research interests include the use and extra-medical use of pharmaceutical opioids, 'abuse-deterrent' formulations, opioid dependence, anabolic steroids and methamphetamine. Her current projects include: a prospective cohort study of people prescribed opioids for non-cancer pain; a trial of long-acting (depot) buprenorphine injections for opioid dependence; a study examining opioid use among the Iranian community in Sydney; a feasibility trial of an app incorporating routine outcome monitoring and tailored feedback into mutual support groups (SMART Track); a study characterising SMART Recovery participants who use methamphetamine; studies examining suicide prevention responses in AOD services; a preliminary efficacy trial of an intervention for family and friends affected by someone else's methamphetamine use; and a mixed-methods study to increase the capacity of a Local Health District to respond to methamphetamine-related harm.

Selected Publications


Impact Story


Potential Supervision Topics


    • Substance use disorders and treatment
    • Opioid dependence
    • Mental health and substance use
    • Physical health and substance use
    • Substance use and multicultural health
    Dr Larance is available to supervise Masters and PhD projects.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Developing effective parenting programs for vulnerable families: Exploring the utility of a proposed theoretical framework Osborne, Briony
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Integrated Treatment for the Comorbid Presentation of Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Disorder: Introducing Recovery Stories Carradus, Lenna
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Efficacy of Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Modalities for Migrant Iranian Men with Co-Occurring AOD and Mental Health Issues in Australia ¿ An Autoethnographic Atudy Latifi, Yalda

Keywords


  • opioids; heroin; opioid dependence; substance use disorders; methamphetamine; abuse deterrent formulations; anabolic steroids; performance and image enhancing drugs; people who inject drugs; methadone; buprenorphine; medication assisted treatment; help-seeking; alcohol and other drugs treatment

Mailing Address


  • Room 128a, Building 41

    Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia