Professor Leanne Hides

Professor and Lives Lived Well Chai

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Deputy Director

National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56398


Professor Leanne Hides is athe Deputy Director of the National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research (NCYSUR) and is the Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Meaningful Outcomes in Substance Use Treatment.

Professor Hides is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience working on the interface of alcohol and other drug (AOD) clinical research and practice. Her translational research program co-designs, trials and implements innovative AOD treatments into clinical practice. Professor Hides has been a chief investigator on 38 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) on substance use and mental health treatment (21 as lead CI including 11 NHMRC-funded RCTs). She also develops web and mobile-phone based programs (16 RCTs). Most of this research has been conducted with industry partners (e.g., Lives Lived Well, Qld Health).

Hides has been in research only positions since 2010, funded by prestigious fellowships including an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (2017-21), ARC Future Fellowship (2012-16) and a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship (Queensland University of Technology, 2010-13). Her research has been supported by $46m in grants ($37 nationally competitive) including 15 NHMRC ($14.5m; 3 as CIA including a Centre for Research Excellence), 3 MRFF ($7m) and 2 ARC ($1m) grants. Professor Hides has 248 career publications, including 243 journal articles with over 10,000 citations.

Prof Hides' current research interests include:

  • Developing and testing new models for understanding youth substance use and comorbidity
  • Improving the treatment of youth substance use and comorbidity by:
    • Integrating more strengths-based approaches
    • Identifying and enhancing mechanisms of change
    • Combining psychological and pharmacological treatments,
    • Integrating mobile phone and web-based interventions
  • Understanding the relationship between youth wellbeing and mental disorders
  • Development of mobile phone and web-based interventions targeting the mental health and wellbeing of young people
    • Ray’s night out: mobile app targeting risky alcohol use
    • music eScape: mobile app using music to improve affect regulation
    • Breakup Shakeup: mobile app for coping with relationship breakups
    • Keep it Real: web-based program targeting psychotic-like experiences in substance users
    • Routine outcome monitoring (ROM) plus feedback in SMART Recovery Australia: a feasibility study examining SMART ROM (led by A/Prof Kelly, UoW).
  • Training, supervision, and dissemination of evidence-based practice

Nationally Competitive Funding

  • NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (led by Prof Hides, UQ): Meaningful Outcomes in Substance use Treatment. See
  • Commonwealth Department of Health (Connor & Hides), National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research (NCYSUR) National Addiction Centre
  • MRFF Health and Healthy Lifestyles (led by Prof Bonevski, Flinders University): "Escape the vape" Designing health communications for prevention of e-cigarette use in young people
  • MRFF Health and Healthy Lifestyles (led by Prof Newton, Matilda Centre Uni Syd): A new scalable e-health appraoch to prevent e-cigarette use amongh adolescents: The OurFutures Vaping Program
  • NHMRC Ideas Grant (led by Prof Johnson): Understanding and Treating Videogame Addiction in Young People
  • Alcohol and Drug Foundation Research Grant (led by Prof Kelly): Building peer and provider capacity to effectively deliver SMART Family & friends meetings: A two stage mixed- methods evaluation.
  • MRFF Million Minds (led by Prof March, USQ): Translating evidence-based interventions into population-level digital models of care for child & adolescent mental health
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Hides): Brief interventions to prevent future alcohol-related harm in young people presenting to emergency departments.
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Hides: Randomised controlled trial of a telephone-delivered social well-being and engaged living (SWEL) intervention for disengaged at-risk youth
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Teesson, University of Sydney)- Internet-based universal prevention for anxiety, depression and substance use in young Australians
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Teesson, University of Sydney)- Healthy, wealthy and wise: The long-term effectiveness of an online universal program to prevent substance use and mental health problems among Australian youth
  • Paul Ramsay Foundation (led by Prof Teesson, University of Sydney): The Healthy Lifestyles program: An innovative online primary and secondary prevention intervention
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Kavanagh, QUT) - Trial of a new low-cost treatment to support self-management of Alcohol Use Disorder: Functional Imagery Training
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Toombs, University of QLD) - Indigenous Network Suicide Intervention Skills Training (INSIST): Can a community designed and delivered framework reduce suicide/self-harm in Indigenous youth?
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Collins, University of Newcastle) Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of varying levels of technology-delivered personalised feedback on dietary patterns in motivating young Australian adults to improve diet quality and eating habits: The Advice, Ideas and Motivation for My Eating study
  • NHMRC Project (led by Prof Cotton, University of Melbourne) - Rates, patterns and predictors of long-term outcome in a treated first-episode psychosis cohort

Research Impacts

Professor Hides leads the Lives Lived Well (LLW)Group and is the Deputy Director of the National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research (NCYSUR). This translational research program co-designs, trials and implements innovative AOD treatments into clinical practice. This research is conducted in partnership with Lives Lived Well a large non-government funded AOD service in QLD, NSW and SA. Since 2017 Professor Hides has been working with LLW to increase access to evidence based care in the AOD sector.

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) use is the number one risk factor for death and disability in all age groups worldwide and was estimated to cost Australia $80 billion in 2021. The demand for AOD treatment greatly outweighs the resources available. Consequently, current healthcare models prioritize the volume (numbers assessed) of AOD service delivery over treatment quality. Value-based healthcare which shift focus onto the achievement of positive client AOD outcomes (value), relative to the resources and costs, provide a potential solution to these problems. The use of core outcome measures (COMs) to assess and provide feedback on treatment progress and improve the quality of healthcare are the cornerstone of this approach. However, relatively few efforts to implement COMs have succeeded due to the challenges involved. Those that have tend to collect data at service entry only, without any follow up data or feedback to staff or clients.

Professor Hides worked in partnership with LLW to identify a standard set of COMs, and address individual, organizational and system barriers to their adoption. Her team developed a novel digital system which collects COM data directly from clients, scores and provides automatic feedback to staff and clientsat service entry and follow up. Between November 202P and 2022 this system was used to collect COMs and deliver feedback to 20,263 LLW clients entering AOD treatment as part of routine care. This system has also been used in a number of cliicnal trials including:

QuikFix: A randomized controlled trial (RCT) of motivational interviewing (MI) enhanced with individualised personality-specific coping skills training for young people with alcohol-related injuries and illnesses accessing emergency services compared to standard MI and an assessment feedback control.

Social Network Targeted Intervention for University College Students:

2021 Feasibility and Outcomes/2022 Cluster RCT: Three-arm cluster randomised controlled trial compared the efficacy of the full QuikFix College program (AOD trivia harm minimisation workshop + social network targeted evidence-based telehalth brief intervention) to AOD trivia harm minimisation workshop alone and residential college AOD education and messaging as usual.:

Implementation and Outcomes of a Trauma-Informed Model of Residential AOD Care: This study developed, implemented and evaluated a new trauma-informed model of care in residential AOD services. The model included the implementation of individual trauma-focused therapy (Cognitive Processing Therapy, CPT) for clients with comorbid post-traumatic stress disorder.

First Step Brief Intervention for AOD Use: This study implemented and evaluated a brief intervention for complex clients accessing outpatient AOD treatment services to be delivered as the first part of a stepped care model of care.

FullFix: RCT of a transdiagnostic cognitive behaviour therapy intervention for comorbid AOD and mental health disorder delivered as an adjunct to standard AOD outpatient care compared to standard care alone


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Hides, Leanne (2013). Diagnostic dilemmas in comorbidity. Interventions for addiction: comprehensive addictive behaviors and disorders. (pp. 309-315) edited by Peter M. Miller. San Diego, CA, United States: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-398338-1.00032-4

  • Hides, Leanne, Kavanagh, David J. and Mueser, Kim T. (2011). Understanding cannabis use in schizophrenia. Marijuana and madness. (pp. 218-224) edited by David Castle, Robin M. Murray and Deepak Cyril D'Souza. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9780511706080.021

  • Wade, Darryl, Hides, Leanne, Baker, Amanda and Lubman, Dan (2009). Substance misuse in first-episode psychosis. The Recognition and Management of Early Psychosis: A Preventive Approach, Second Edition. (pp. 243-256) Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9780511576287.015

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Dingle, G., Williams, E., Alhadad, S. S. J., Beckman, E., Bentley, S., Fooken, J., Gomersall, S. R., Hides, L., Ludlow, T., Maccallum, F., McKimmie, B.M., Rossa, K., Smith, S. S., Walter, Z.C and Wright, O. (2023). Sharper Minds 2022 Report.

  • Hides, Leanne (2023). Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Young People: A Randomised Controlled Trial. The University of Queensland. (Dataset) doi: 10.48610/88aa939

  • Dingle, G.A., Hodges, J., Hides, L., McKimmie, B., Gomersall, S., Beckman, E., Birch, S., Smith, S., Zurynski, Y., Maccallum, F., Bentley, S., Wright, O., Walter, Z. and Alhadad, S. (2021). Sharper Minds 2021 Pilot Report.

  • Carlyle, Molly, Leung, Janni, Juckel, Jennifer, Salom, Caroline and Hides, Leanne (2021). Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on alcohol and drug use. Consultation Paper: Renewing Queensland's Alcohol and Other Drugs Plan Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Mental Health Commission.

  • Hides, Leanne, Kavanagh, David, Stoyanov, Stoyan, Dingle, Genevieve, Zelenko, Oksana, Cockshaw, Wendell, McLisky, Kate and Tjondronegoro, Dian (2015). Music eScape: a new iPhone app using music to assist young people with emotion regulation. Abbotsford, VIC, Australia: Young and Well CRC.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision