Best practice in the treatment of substance use problems involves a comprehensive initial assessment and ongoing monitoring of treatment progress with standardised measures (e.g., validated questionnaire, interview schedule). However, the use of such measures can be time-consuming and raises the question of what should be measured to best guide treatment. This presentation will provide an overview of how theoretically-driven assessment can be harnessed to better personalise treatment and enhance clinical outcomes.
Associate Professor Matthew Gullo is a clinical psychologist and MRFF Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, The University of Queensland. Matthew's research seeks to improve the assessment and treatment of substance use disorder through a better understanding of the complex biosocial cognitive mechanisms involved, revealing new targets for personalised intervention. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications and been awarded over $2.8m in research funding. Matthew led the ‘Psychosocial Interventions’ section of the 2020 Commonwealth Guidelines for the Treatment of Alcohol Problems. He holds an appointment as Visiting Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital. Here, he has led several innovations in service delivery that have benefited over 6,000 patients to-date.