Professor Dan Lubman

Professor Dan Lubman is a Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine Specialist. He has worked across mental health and drug treatment settings in both the UK and Australia. He is Director of Turning Point and Professor of Addiction Studies and Services at Monash University.

Dr Lubman’s research is wide-ranging and includes investigating the impact of alcohol and drug use on brain function, the relationship between substance use and mental disorder, as well as the development of targeted intervention programs within school, primary care, mental health and drug treatment settings.

Dr Lubman has published over 280 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, and is Chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry. He is regularly contacted for policy advice and community comment, and sits on numerous State and Commonwealth expert reference committees, including Victoria’s Ice Action Taskforce as well as its Mental Health Expert Taskforce.
  • Developing early intervention approaches to alcohol, drug and gambling disorders
  • Understanding pathways to adolescent alcohol, drug and gambling disorders
  • Improving help-seeking for alcohol, drug, gambling & mental disorders
  • Exploring the impact of alcohol & drugs on adolescent development
  • Developing effective approaches to co-occurring mental health & substance use disorders
  • Determining the impact of chronic alcohol & drug use on brain and behaviour
Turning Point Projects

External Projects
  • An internet intervention to improve parenting strategies in relation to adolescent alcohol use 
  • Brain development during adolescence and the emergence of depression: A longitudinal MRI study
  • Determining the cognitive sequelae of adolescent cannabis use: a longitudinal cohort study
  • Quantifying the neurocognitive impact of cannabis across the lifespan: The evolution of memory deficits
  • Identifying outcomes for cannabis users: a 12 month follow-up study
  • Cognitive control dysfunction in drug addiction
  • Reducing the health, social and economic burden of injecting drug use in Australia

Student Projects
  • Understanding the role of affective dysfunction in the development of harmful alcohol and tobacco use during adolescence
  • Examining the relationship between adolescent temperament, parental socialisation & adolescent drinking
  • Understanding risk-taking behaviour during adolescence
  • Video game addiction: negative outcomes and risk factors
  • Lubman DI, Peters LA, Mogg K, Bradley BP & Deakin JFW (2000). Attentional bias for drug cues in opiate dependence. Psychological Medicine; 30: 169-175.
  • Lubman DI, Yücel M & Pantelis C (2004). Addiction, a condition of compulsive behaviour: Neuroimaging and neuropsychological evidence of inhibitory dysregulation. Addiction; 99: 1491-1502.
  • McKetin R, McLaren J, Lubman DI & Hides L (2006). The prevalence of psychotic symptoms among methamphetamine users. Addiction; 101: 1473-1478.
  • Lubman DI, Yücel M & Hall WD (2007). Substances and the adolescent brain: A toxic combination? Journal of Psychopharmacology; 21: 792-794.
  • Yücel M, Solowij N, Respondek C, Whittle S, Fornito A, Pantelis C & Lubman DI (2008). Regional brain abnormalities associated with long-term heavy cannabis use. Archives of General Psychiatry; 65: 694-701.
  • Lubman DI, Yücel M, Kettle J, Scaffidi A, MacKenzie T, Simmons J & Allen NB (2009). Responsiveness to drug cues and natural rewards in opiate addiction: associations with later heroin use. Archives of General Psychiatry; 66: 205-213.

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