Taya Grainger

Taya Grainger

Clinical Research Nurse, Clinical and Social Research Team, Turning Point and Monash University


Taya Grainger is a Clinical Research Nurse working across alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and addiction, as well as mental health clinical trials and research. 

Under the guidance of Associate Professor Shalini Arunogiri, Taya is specifically focused on clinical research into novel treatments for substance use disorders and psychiatric conditions.


Taya holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Latrobe University, and a Masters of Nursing Science from University of Melbourne.

She has previously worked as a clinical research nurse conducting large-scale, multi-centre, international pharmaceutical and investigator-led clinical trials across a number of therapeutic areas, including inflammatory bowel diseases, dermatology and oncology. 

Taya has also worked as a complex care practitioner for individuals experiencing intersecting mental health issues, family violence, drug and alcohol problems, or complex psychosocial needs
whilst completing mandatory quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research Interests

  • Clinical trials in addiction pharmacological and psychological treatments
  • Methamphetamine use disorder and related mental health co-morbidity
  • Women’s mental health and addictive disorders
  • PTSD, trauma and addiction

Contact Details

You can contact Taya at [email protected]