Amanda Baker

Amanda Baker

Resume

Professor Amanda Baker is a Clinical Psychologist and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow employed as a Professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle, NSW. Funded in 2012 by the NHMRC, Amanda is Co-Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Mental Health and Substance Use, which aims to build much needed research capacity in this area. This CRE represents a world first, bringing together the largest concentration of nationally and internationally recognised comorbidity researchers. Professor Baker has worked as a clinical psychologist in mental health, substance abuse and forensic treatment settings in Australia and the UK.

Vision: Professor Baker’s vision is to lead a research program to transform the treatment of a co-occurring triad of disorders that are of utmost importance to health and that have major social and economic ramifications: comorbid mental, substance use and physical disorders. Premature death associated with this comorbidity triad costs Australia around $15 billion a year. With 8 current NHMRC grants, her program of research into effective psychological interventions for these comorbidities is set to have a very significant impact on comorbidity health service delivery and research capacity. Projects are designed and undertaken in partnership with end-user organisations, augmenting feasibility and maximising impact. Research questions address issues of high priority to practitioners; findings are immediately available to inform partners' decision-making, accelerating translation; knowledge-exchange is integral and builds capacity of researchers and clinicians in applied research partnerships; and multi-disciplinary expertise and academic and end-user infrastructure are leveraged to their full potential.