UK award recognises online intervention achievements

April 2014

NDARC research fellow Dr Frances Kay-Lambkin has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Fred Yates Prize for her innovative work in the development of computer based interventions for mental health and substance use disorders.

The prize recognises early or mid-career researchers who have made a “significant and specific contribution to the addiction field in recent years” and is awarded annually by the UK Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA).

As part of the prize, Dr Kay-Lambkin has been invited to present at the SSA’s 2014 Symposium in York, England in November, and will receive £2000 prize money.

Computer-based interventions developed by Dr Kay-Lambkin and colleagues include the SHADE treatment program for people experiencing depression and drug use; Breaking the ice for people who use stimulants; and Internet-delivered Healthy Lifestyles Treatment for people with depression and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Many of the interventions are available via a central portal, Clearing the Cloud, also developed by Dr Kay-Lambkin and colleagues. 

In addition to her role at NDARC, Dr Kay-Lambkin is a chief investigator and program director at the NHMRC Centre of Reserach Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use and a lecturer at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle