Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin

Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin

Associate Professor

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Over the past 15 years, I have worked in a clinical research capacity with people experiencing psychotic disorders, depression, personality disorders, and alcohol/other drug use problems, with specific experience in the use of cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques among people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/other drug problems. My main research activity has been on the development and clinical trial of computer- and internet-delivered treatments for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/other drug use problems. I have led several large scale randomized controlled clinical trials of face-to-face, phone-based and computerized psychological treatments, and translated these treatments into clinical practice. I have also developed tobacco-focused psychological treatments incorporating a multiple behavior change focus, and in clinical treatment trials evaluating the efficacy of such treatments among people with mental health problems.  My vision is to bring high quality, evidence based treatment for multiple health problems to the point-of-care for people experiencing mental health and addictive disorders to ensure that the right person receives the right intervention at the right time.   

The broad goal of my research program is to develop high quality, evidence-based care that is accessible and acceptable to people with mental and physical health comorbidities by:

  1. Developing and testing eHealth treatments to prevent or reduce harm in mental disorders;
  2. Participating with services, consumers, and industry to inform translation of comorbidity treatments;
  3. Optimising treatment provision via better understanding the mechanisms of change underlying my eHealth treatments; and
  4. Conducting research to determine how best to personalise eHealth treatment provision.

Research Expertise
Over the course of my research career, I have (i) conceived and completed 5 clinical large-scale RCTs and >20 smaller clinical studies in comorbidity treatment; (ii) initiated >30 meaningful national and international collaborations with academics and industry partners to facilitate translation of my evidence-based treatments outside of my research trials; (iii) created the first (and only) evidence-based eHealth treatment for depression and comorbid alcohol/cannabis/amphetamine use problems, which has been licensed for use by Magellan Health in the USA, seeded the development and trial of a further 4 multimedia treatment programs in comorbidity, and is currently the subject of 1 international NIDA-pilot trial (with application for the full trial to follow) and projects with NSW Health and the Mining Industry.

Leadership Roles 
In 2016, I became Co-Director of the Mental Health Hub of the University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre in Brain and Mental Health (in partnership with Professor Sally Chan).

I am the current President of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions; the peak international body representing research in technology in health and related disciplines.  

I lead the Translation Stream of the NHMRC CRE in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS, http://www.comorbidity.edu.au), with a staff of >20 academics and researchers. I am also an invited member of the Senior Leadership Advisory Group within CREMS, who have developed and direct the strategic vision of the Centre, its staff over >40 researchers across 7 Universities, and its affiliates (the largest international concentration of experts in comorbidity).   

My role as secretary for the Society for Mental Health Research (http://www.smhr.org.au) enables me to work alongside leaders in mental health research in Australia (Prof McGorry AO, current president), and through our work with politicians and key stakeholder groups, to lobby for increased recognition and funding for mental health research into the future.  Our partnership in 2014-15 with the ABC to run the ‘Mental As…’ campaign (with which I was heavily involved) is testament to this success, and has resulted in close to $2 million being channeled to support early career mental health researchers in Australia.

I have recently been appointed as Chair of the Research Review Committee for Oygen/Human Ethics Advisory Group for the Centre for Youth Mental Health (UniMelb).  This role enables me to ensure the quality of mental health research coming out of the national Centre, to facilitate collaborations between researchers within the Centres, and to be a conduit to facilitate the clinical-research interface.

These roles enable me to have significant intellectual input into the direction of the national and international research agenda in mental health and addiction research generally, and comorbidity specifically. 










Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology)(Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • accessibility of psychological treatment
  • alcohol use
  • amphetamine use
  • cannabis use
  • cognitive behaviour therapy
  • comorbidity
  • computerised treatments
  • depression
  • internet-based treatments
  • mental health problems
  • mindfulness
  • motivational interviewing
  • psychological treatment
  • substance use
  • tobacco use

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified 15
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 35
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2006 -  NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow The University of New South Wales
Australia
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 28
Total funding $5,900,918

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20173 grants / $610,892

SHED-IT Recharge: Development and evaluation of a gender-tailored program designed to improve men's physical and mental health$142,500

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Myles Young, Professor Philip Morgan, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Professor Clare Collins, Professor Robin Callister, Professor Brian Kelly
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1701279
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

An internet delivered, evidenced-based treatment program for mental health and alcohol use in contemporary veterans$123,068

Funding body: Defence Health Foundation

Funding body Defence Health Foundation
Project Team Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Associate Professor Carole James, Doctor Jane Rich, Mr John Shephard
Scheme Booster Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1600670
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20165 grants / $1,684,749

CHECKMATE - An online intervention and support package for families/friends supporting loved ones using methamphetamines$708,735

Funding body: Department of Health

Funding body Department of Health
Project Team Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Professor Maree Teesson
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1600946
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Right Person, Right Treatment, Right Time: Engaging comorbid populations with eHealth interventions across the lifespan$572,052

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin
Scheme Research Fellowships
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1600940
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Health-eMines: Virtual Health System to Improve Mental Health, Reduce Alcohol/Other Drug Use and Fatigue Related Problems$289,984

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Professor Brian Kelly
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1600176
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

SMS4dadsDefence Health$64,120

Funding body: Defence Health Foundation

Funding body Defence Health Foundation
Project Team Associate Professor Richard Fletcher, Doctor Chris May, Doctor Geoffrey Skinner, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Professor John Attia, Professor Brian Kelly
Scheme Booster Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1601266
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

SMS4dadsRCT$49,858

Funding body: Beyond Blue Ltd

Funding body Beyond Blue Ltd
Project Team Associate Professor Richard Fletcher, Doctor Chris May, Doctor Geoffrey Skinner, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Professor John Attia, Professor Jan Nicholson, Professor Louise Newman, Professor Brian Kelly, Associate Professor Adrian Dunlop, Professor Alan Hayes
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1601020
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20152 grants / $325,000

SMS4Dads – a project to develop and pilot a smartphone-based messaging service (SMS) for new fathers offering fathering information, mood assessment and support$300,000

Funding body: Beyond Blue Ltd

Funding body Beyond Blue Ltd
Project Team Associate Professor Richard Fletcher, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Doctor Geoffrey Skinner, Professor Brian Kelly
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1401458
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

The HEY MAN pilot study: using eHeatlh to enhance your mental health, physical activity and nutrition in young men$25,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Clare Collins, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Doctor Melinda Hutchesson, Professor Philip Morgan, Doctor Megan Rollo, Professor Robin Callister, Doctor Geoffrey Skinner, Doctor Shamus Smith, Mr Lee Ashton
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401510
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20141 grants / $25,000

Combining startle reflex modulation with serious gaming technologies to determine engagement and impact on depression and binge drinking in young people: The SHADoW Study$25,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Professor Peter Walla, Doctor Keith Nesbitt
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301431
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20112 grants / $456,948

Follow-up of Healthy Lifestyles Intervention for Cardiovascular Disease among People with a Psychotic Disorder$436,085

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Professor Amanda Baker, Professor Robyn Richmond, Professor David Castle, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1000121
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Exploring Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) amongst current and former professional rugby league players$20,863

Funding body: NSW Sporting Injuries Committee

Funding body NSW Sporting Injuries Committee
Project Team Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Dr Andrew Gardner, Associate Professor Peter Stanwell, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi, Professor Mark Parsons
Scheme Research & Injury Prevention Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100822
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20102 grants / $624,809

Men, Depression and Social Networks in Rural Communities: Linking Epidemiologic Evidence to Effective Interventions$324,809

Funding body: Beyond Blue Ltd

Funding body Beyond Blue Ltd
Project Team Professor Brian Kelly, Professor John Attia, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Conjoint Associate Professor Terry Lewin, Professor Amanda Baker, Mr Trevor Hazell, Doctor Kerry Inder
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1000456
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Xstrata Coal Fellow in Depression$300,000

Funding body: Xstrata Coal Australia Pty Ltd

Funding body Xstrata Coal Australia Pty Ltd
Project Team Professor Brian Kelly, Professor John Attia, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Conjoint Associate Professor Terry Lewin, Professor Amanda Baker, Mr Trevor Hazell, Doctor Kerry Inder
Scheme Xstrata Coal Fellow in Depression
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G0900102
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20092 grants / $31,575

LDX analyser (fingerprick unit) x4, piCo Smokerlyzer (Carboxymeter)x4, Universal cardboard disposable mouthpieces for piCo smokerlyzer x4 and Universal d pieces for piCo Smokerlyzer x4$20,775

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Professor Amanda Baker, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Doctor Alyna Turner, Associate Professor Juanita Todd, Professor Robin Callister, Doctor Sally Hunt, Professor Brian Kelly, Professor John Attia, Professor Jennifer Bowman, Doctor Paula Wye
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189849
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

The provision of strategies to support drug and alcohol online activities$10,800

Funding body: Department of Health

Funding body Department of Health
Project Team Professor Amanda Baker, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin
Scheme Consultancy/Tender
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189926
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20082 grants / $264,150

Long term follow-up of two randomised controlled trials of treatment for depression and alcohol/other drug comorbidity$244,150

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Professor Amanda Baker, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Professor David Kavanagh, Professor Brian Kelly
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0187640
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Reducing cardiovascular risk among people with psychotic disorders$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Amanda Baker, Professor Robyn Richmond, Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Professor David Castle, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188398
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $168,891

Evaluation of an integrated best practice intervention for amphetamine users with comorbid depression$100,000

Funding body: Beyond Blue Ltd

Funding body Beyond Blue Ltd
Project Team

Nicole Lee

Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON N

CBT intervention for regular amphetamine use and depression: a stepped care approach$68,891

Funding body: NSW Ministry of Health

Funding body NSW Ministry of Health
Project Team Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Professor Amanda Baker, Dr Rebecca McKetin, Professor Maree Teesson, Conjoint Professor Robert Batey, Dr N Lee
Scheme Mental Health Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186994
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20063 grants / $192,000

Multicomponent risk factor intervention for people with a severe mental illness: a feasibility study$132,000

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

Funding body Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care
Project Team

Amanda Baker

Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON N

Braveheart: Group CBT for comorbid depression and cardiovascular problems$35,000

Funding body: Australian Rotary Health

Funding body Australian Rotary Health
Project Team

Amanda Baker

Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON N

Neurocognitive profiles of people receiving cognitive behaviour therapy$25,000

Funding body: NSW Ministry of Health

Funding body NSW Ministry of Health
Project Team Doctor Sally Hunt, Professor Amanda Baker, Emeritus Professor Patricia Michie, Conjoint Professor Vaughan Carr, Professor David Kavanagh, Mr Terry Lewin, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin
Scheme Drug and Alcohol Council Research Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186724
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20051 grants / $750,000

Integrated versus single focussed treatment for comorbid depression and alcohol use problems$750,000

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team

Amanda Baker

Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20031 grants / $675,000

Computer-based CBT for depression and comorbid alcohol/other drug use in rural and urban NSW$675,000

Funding body: Alcohol Education & Rehabilitation Foundation

Funding body Alcohol Education & Rehabilitation Foundation
Project Team

Frances Kay-Lambkin

Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON N

20021 grants / $27,746

The development of a CD-ROM intervention for people with comorbid alcohol use problems and depression.$27,746

Funding body: Australian Brewers Foundation

Funding body Australian Brewers Foundation
Project Team Professor Amanda Baker, Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Professor P Wilson
Scheme Alcohol-related Medical Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0180852
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20011 grants / $64,158

The Development and Evaluation of a CD-ROM Intervention for People with Co-Occurring Alcohol and other Drug Use Problems and Depression$64,158

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin
Scheme Scholarships - Medical and Dental Postgraduate Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183110
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.65

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Lifestyle Interventions: Utilising Technology to Help Predict and Prevent Relapse in Bipolar Disorder PhD (Psychiatry), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Intimate Partner Violence and Recovery Paradigms PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Gamification for Engagement: Evaluating Engagement and Efficacy in Serious Games for Education, Training and Therapy PhD (Information Technology), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Alcohol Use in Pregnancy: Mixed Methods Applied to The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Concussion in Professional Rugby League PhD (Medicine), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Suicide in Urban and Rural Australia: Determinants, Moderators and Treatment Options for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours PhD (Psychiatry), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Start Well: A research project supporting resilience and wellbeing in beginning teachers 2015 - 2016

Collaborators

Name Organisation
Associate Professor Frances Joy Kay-Lambkin University of Newcastle

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News

Veterans mental health program receives grant

November 14, 2016

University of Newcastle (UON) researchers from the Centre for Resources Health and Safety (CRHS) have been successful in receiving a grant from the Defence Health Foundation to the value of $123,068 over two years.

Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin

Position

Associate Professor
SMPH / PRCBMH / UoN
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email frances.kaylambkin@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6023
Fax (02) 4033 5692
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Office

Room 5021
Building McAuley Centre, Calvary Mater Hospital
Location Calvary Mater Hospital, Waratah, 2298

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