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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

NDRI staff member

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Dr Robert Tait

Senior Research Fellow and Program Leader


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My research interests are around alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and in particular how these relate to mental health disorders. I am also interested in the development of new treatment interventions, delivery of interventions to new groups and the use of new modes of delivery. I have used existing datasets including the WA Data Linkage System, to assess the long-term relationships between substance use mental / physical health disorders and self-harm behaviours. This work has included those in the general population, high-risk groups and clinical samples.


  • PhD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Australia
  • BSc (Hons), Psychology, University of Western Australia

Research Interests

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Illicit Drugs
  • Internet Interventions
  • Youth
  • Self-harm / suicide
  • Long-term outcomes


  • Member, International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol & Other Drugs (INEBRIA), Special interest group ehealth
  • Director, Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD)
  • Member, Holyoake, Methamphetamine Service Design Project
  • Member, Curtin University, Health Science Advisory Committee to the HREC


  • Assistant Editor, Addiction


  • Co-convener, APSAD Annual Conference 2015, Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD)
  • Assessor, NHMRC
  • Foundation Member, International Society for Research on Internet Interventions

Current projects

  • Alcohol Brief Intervention - Evaluation Details
  • The influence of social media on young people's alcohol consumption behaviors: A comparison of factors between Australia and India - PhD Project Details


Tait, R.J. and Hulse, G.K. Brief and e-Health Interventions for the Treatment of Alcohol or Other Drug Addiction. In Johnson, B. (ed.) Addiction Medicine: Science and Practice (2nd ed). Springer. [In Press] [CH213]

Blaszczynski, A., Tait, R.J. and Mattick, R. (2017). Addictive disorders. In Rieger, E. (ed.) Abnormal Psychology: Leading Researcher Perspectives (4th ed). McGraw Hill Education, North Ryde, NSW. [CH212]

Gupta, H., Pettigrew, S., Lam, T. and Tait, R.J. (2017). How alcohol marketing engages users with alcohol brand content on Facebook: An Indian and Australian perspective. Critical Public Health. DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2017.1318203 [RJ1244] Paper

Tait, R.J. (2017). Comparison of subjective wellbeing in substance users and the parents or partners of substance users. Drug and Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12615 [RJ1341] Paper

Whetton, S., Shanahan, M., Cartwright, K., Duraisingam, V., Ferrante, A., Gray, D., Kaye, S., Kostadinov, V., McKetin, R., Pidd, K., Roche, A., Tait, R.J. and Allsop, S. (2017). The Social Costs of Methamphetamine in Australia 2013/14. In Tait, R.J. (ed.). National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9942806-0-2 [T246] Paper

Hattingh, L., Hallett, J. and Tait, R.J. (2016). 'Making the invisible visible’ through alcohol screening and brief intervention in community pharmacies: an Australian feasibility study. BMC Public Health. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3805-3 [RJ1274] Paper

Gupta, H., Pettigrew, S., Lam, T. and Tait, R.J. (2016). A systematic review of the impact of exposure to internet-based alcohol-related content on young people’s alcohol use behaviours. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 51, (6), pp. 763-771. DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agw050 [RJ1203] Paper

Tait, R.J. (2016). An Evaluation of Holyoake’s Group Programs. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9942806-1-9 [T255] Paper

Tait, R.J., Caldicott, D., Mountain, D., Hill, S. and Lenton, S. (2016). A systematic review of adverse events arising from the use of synthetic cannabinoids and their associated treatment, 54, (1), pp. 1-13. DOI: 10.3109/15563650.2015.1110590 [RJ1100] Paper

Tait, R.J., Teoh, L., Kelty, E., Geelhoed, E., Mountain, D. and Hulse, G.K. (2016). Emergency department based intervention with adolescent substance users: 10 year economic and health outcomes. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 165, pp. 168-174. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.06.005 [RJ1200] Paper

Gulliver, A., Farrer, L., Chan, J., Tait, R.J., Bennett, K., Calear, A. and Griffiths, K.M. (2015). Technology-based interventions for tobacco and other drug use in tertiary students: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 10, (5). DOI: 10.1186/s13722-015-0027-4 [RJ1034] Paper

Hutchinson, D., Silins, E., Mattick, R., Patton, G., Fergusson, D.M., Hayatbakhsh, R., Toumbourou, J., Olsson, C.A., Spry, E., Tait, R.J., Degenhardt, L., Swift, W., Butterworth, P. and Horwood, J. (2015). How can data harmonisation benefit mental health research? An example of The Cannabis Cohorts Research Consortium (CCRC). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49, (4), pp. 317-323. DOI: 10.1177/0004867415571169 [RJ1050] Paper

Silins, E., Fergusson, D.M., Patton, G., Horwood, J., Olsson, C.A., Hutchinson, D., Degenhardt, L., Tait, R.J., Borschmann, R., Coffey, C., Toumbourou, J., Najman, J.M. and Mattick, R. (2015). Adolescent substance use and educational attainment: An integrative data analysis comparing cannabis and alcohol from three Australasian cohorts. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 156, pp. 90-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.08.034 [RJ1101] Paper

Tait, R.J. (2015). Alcohol-related victimisation: Differences between sexual minorities and heterosexuals in an Australian national sample. Drug and Alcohol Review, 34, (4), pp. 366-374. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12265 [RJ1033] Paper

Tait, R.J. and Lenton, S. (2015). Online alcohol interventions, sexual violence and intimate partner violence: A systematic review. Internet Interventions, 2, (2), pp. 152-160. DOI: 10.1016/j.invent.2015.03.001 [RJ1017] Paper

Tait, R.J., McKetin, R., Kay-Lambkin, F.J., Carron-Arthur, B., Bennett, A., Bennett, K., Christensen, H. and Griffiths, K.M. (2015). Six-month outcomes of a web-based intervention for users of amphetamine-type stimulants: Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17, (4), pp. e105. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.3778 [RJ1032] Paper

Blaszczynski, A., Tait, R.J. and Mattick, R. (2014). Addictive Disorders. In Rieger, E. (ed.) Abnormal Psychology: Leading Researcher Perspectives (3rd ed). McGraw Hill Education, North Ryde, NSW. pp. 264-305. ISBN: 9781743078020 [CH201]

Silins, E., Horwood, J., Patton, G., Fergusson, D.M., Olsson, C.A., Hutchinson, D., Spry, E., Toumbourou, J., Degenhardt, L., Swift, W., Coffey, C., Tait, R.J., Letcher, P., Copeland, J., Mattick, R. and Research Consortium, C. (2014). Young adult sequelae of adolescent cannabis use: An integrative analysis across three Australasian cohorts. Lancet Psychiatry, 1, (4), pp. 286–293. DOI: 10.1016/S2215-0366(14)70307-4 [RJ1016] Paper

Tait, R.J. and Lenton, S. (2014). Commentary on Williams et al. (2014): Family matters: new resources for managing opioid overdose with take-home naloxone. Addiction, 109, (2), pp. 260-261. DOI: 10.1111/add.12396 [RJ946] Paper

Tait, R.J., Brinker, J., Moller, C.I. and French, D.J. (2014). Rumination, Substance Use and Self-harm in a Representative Australian Adult Sample. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70, (3), pp. 283-93. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22025 [RJ909] Paper

Tait, R.J., McKetin, R., Kay-Lambkin, F.J., Carron-Arthur, B., Bennett, A., Bennett, K., Christensen, H. and Griffiths, K.M. (2014). A web-based intervention for users of amphetamine-type stimulants: 3-month outcomes of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research Mental Health, 1, (1), pp. e1-e12. DOI: 10.2196/mental.3278 [RJ1018] Paper

Farrer, L., Gulliver, A., Chan, J., Batterham, P.J., Reynolds, J., Calear, A., Tait, R.J., Bennett, K. and Griffiths, K.M. (2013). A systematic review of technology-based interventions for mental health in tertiary students. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15, (5), pp. e101. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.2639 [RJ907] Paper

George, A., Olesen, S. and Tait, R.J. (2013). Ecstasy use and depression: A 4-year longitudinal study among an Australian general community sample. Psychopharmacology, 229, (4), pp. 713-721. DOI: 10.1007/s00213-013-3132-7 [RJ905] Paper

Moller, C.I., Tait, R.J. and Byrne, D.G. (2013). Deliberate Self-harm, Substance Use and Negative Affect in Non-Clinical Samples: A Systematic Review. Substance Abuse, 34, (2), pp. 188-207. DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2012.693462 [RJ906] Paper

Tait, R.J., George, A. and Olesen, S. (2013). 'Ecstasy' and the Use of Sleep Medications in a General Community Sample: A Four Year Follow-up. Addiction, 108, (5), pp. 1640-48. DOI: 10.1111/add.12200 [RJ894] Paper

Tait, R.J., Spijkerman, R. and Riper, H. (2013). Internet and Computer Based Interventions for Cannabis Use: A Meta-Analysis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 133, (2), pp. 295-304. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.05.012 [RJ908] Paper

Blaszczynski, A. and Tait, R.J. Addictive disorders. In E. Rieger Abnormal Psychology: Leading Researcher Perspectives, 4th edition. In Rieger, E. (ed.) (4th ed). McGraw Hill Education. ISBN: 9781743078020 [CH218]

Non-NDRI Publications

French, D.J., Jang, S., Tait, R.J. and Anstey, K.J. (2013). Cross-national gender differences in the socioeconomic factors associated with smoking in Australia, the United States of America and South Korea. International Journal of Public Health, 58, (3), pp. 345-53. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-012-0430-5 [RJ] Paper

Moller, C.I., Tait, R.J. and Byrne, D.G. (2013). Self-harm, substance use and psychological distress in the Australian general population. Addiction, 108, (1), pp. 211-20. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.04021.x [RJ] Paper

Tait, R.J., French, D.J., Burns, R.A., Byles, J.E. and Anstey, K.J. (2013). Alcohol, Hospital Admissions and Falls in Older Adults: A Longitudinal Evaluation. International Psychogeriatrics, 25, (6), pp. 901-912. DOI: 10.1017/S1041610213000173 [RJ] Paper

Farid, W.O., Lawrence, A.J., Krstew, E.V., Tait, R.J., Hulse, G.K. and Dunlop, S.A. (2012). Maternally administered sustained-release naltrexone in rats affects offspring neurochemistry and behaviour in adulthood. PloS One, 7, (12), pp. e52812. [RJ]

Horwood, J., Fergusson, D.M., Coffey, C., Patton, G., Tait, R.J., Smart, D., Letcher, P., Silins, E. and Hutchinson, D. (2012). Cannabis and depression: An integrative data analysis of four Australasian cohorts. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 126, (3), pp. 369-378. [RJ]

Olesen, S., Butterworth, P., Jacomb, P. and Tait, R.J. (2012). Personal factors influence use of cervical cancer screening services: epidemiological survey and linked administrative data address the limitations of previous research. BMC Health Services Research, 12, pp. e34. [RJ]

Tait, R.J., McKetin, R., Kay-Lambkin, F.J., Bennett, K., Tam, A., Bennett, A., Geddes, J., Garrick, A., Christensen, H. and Griffiths, K.M. (2012). Breakingtheice: A protocol for a randomised controlled trial of an internet-based intervention addressing amphetamine-type stimulant use. BMC Psychiatry, 12, pp. e67. DOI: 10.1186/1471-244X-12-67 [RJ] Paper

Tait, R.J., French, D.J., Burns, R.A. and Anstey, K.J. (2012). Alcohol use and depression from middle age to the oldest old: Gender is more important than age. International Psychogeriatrics, 24, (8), pp. 1275-1283. [RJ]

Tait, R.J., Mackinnon, A. and Christensen, H. (2011). Cannabis use and cognitive function: Eight year trajectory in a young adult cohort. Addiction, 106, pp. 2195-2203. [RJ]

Hulse, G.K., Ngo, H.T. and Tait, R.J. (2010). Risk factors for craving and relapse in heroin users treated with oral or implant naltrexone. Biological Psychiatry, 68, pp. 296-302. [RJ]

Ngo, H.T., Hulse, G.K. and Tait, R.J. (2010). Hospital psychiatric comorbidity and its role in heroin dependence treatment outcomes using naltrexone implant or methadone maintenance. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 25, pp. 774-782. [RJ]

Siru, R., Hulse, G.K., Khan, R.J. and Tait, R.J. (2010). Motivation to quit smoking among hospitalised individuals with and without mental health disorders. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44, (7), pp. 640-647. DOI: 10.3109/00048671003627413 [RJ] Paper

Tait, R.J. and Christensen, H. (2010). Internet based interventions for young people with problematic substance use: A systematic review. Medical Journal of Australia, 192, pp. S15-S21. [RJ]

Tait, R.J., Anstey, K.J. and Butterworth, P. (2010). Incidence of Self-Reported Brain Injury and the Relationship with Substance Abuse: Findings from a Longitudinal Community Survey. BMC Public Health. [RJ]

Farid, W.O., McCallum, D., Tait, R.J., Dunlop, S.A. and Hulse, G.K. (2009). Minor pathological changes are induced by naltrexone-poly(DL-lactide) implants in pregnant rats. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 91, pp. 964-974. [RJ]

Hulse, G.K., Arnold-Reed, D., Morris, N. and Tait, R.J. (2009). Improving clinical outcomes in treating heroin dependence. Archives of General Psychiatry, 66, (10), pp. 1108-1115. [RJ]

Siru, R., Hulse, G.K. and Tait, R.J. (2009). Assessing motivation to quit smoking in persons with mental illness: A review. Addiction, 104, pp. 719-733. [RJ]

Ngo, H.T., Tait, R.J. and Hulse, G.K. (2008). Comparing drug-related hospital morbidity following heroin dependence treatment with methadone maintenance or naltrexone implant. Archives of General Psychiatry, 65, pp. 457-465. [RJ]

Tait, R.J. and Hulse, G.K. (2008). Hospital morbidity associated with the natural history of heroin use. Journal of Opioid Management, 4, (5), pp. 321-327. [RJ]

Tait, R.J., Hulse, G.K., Waterreus, A.2., Flicker, L., Lautenschlager, N.T., Jamrozik, K. and Almeida, O.P. (2008). Two-year Outcomes from a Cessation of Smoking Intervention in Older Adults. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 3, (2), pp. 101-109. [RJ]

Tait, R.J., Ngo, H.T. and Hulse, G.K. (2008). Mortality in heroin users three years post implant naltrexone or methadone maintenance treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 35, pp. 116-124. [RJ]