Professor Jason Connor

Director, Centre For Youth Substanc

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Princess Alexandra Hospital Southside Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 344 32535
+61 7 336 55150


Jason Connor is a Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology in the Discipline of Psychiatry and Founding Director of the National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research (2008 - 2014, 2017+) at The University of Queensland.

Professor Connor is a clinical psychologist by training and a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). He has specialist membership in the APS Health and Clinical Colleges. Jason commenced his academic career after being awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) doctoral scholarship (PhD, 2002) for research into substance use disorders.

Since moving from full-time clinical practice to academia, he has successfully combined teaching responsibilities with research.

Professor Connor has won an Australian award for excellence in university teaching.

He has published over 260 peer reviewed journal papers, books and book chapters. Professor Connor has received $23 million in research funding as Chief Investigator and currently leads or co-leads $2.3 million in external research grants.

Professor Connor's main research focus is substance use disorders. Research areas include substance use assessment and treatment, genetic markers of alcohol and nicotine dependence, measurement of alcohol craving, novel psychological models of problem drinking and the prevention of youth substance abuse. He is a consultant for the World Health Organisation (substance use) and member of the Federal Government’s Alcohol & Drug Centres of Excellence Strategic Reference Group, which is tasked with guiding the evidenced based policy for substance use in Australia.

Professor Connor has received awards for his research (NH&MRC Career Development Fellow; Australian Psychological Society Early Career Research Award) and service to the profession of psychology (Australian Psychological Society Health College Award of Distinction).

In addition to his academic roles, he has an appointment with Queensland Health and continues to offer clinical services.

Examples of recent publications:

Connor, J.P., Stjepanović, D., Le Foll, B., Hoch, E., Budney A., Hall, W.D. (2021) Cannabis use and cannabis use disorders. NATURE REVIEWS: DISEASE PRIMERS, 25;7(1) 16.

Connor, J.P., Stjepanović, D., Budney A., Le Foll, B., Hall, W.D. (2021) Clinical Management of Cannabis Withdrawal. ADDICTION, Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1111/add.15743.

Symons, M., Feeney, G.F.X., Gallagher, M.R., Young, R.M., Connor, J.P. (2020). Predicting alcohol dependence treatment outcomes: a prospective comparative study of clinical psychologists versus 'trained' machine learning models. ADDICTION, 115(11) 2164-2175

Connor, J.P., Hall, W.D. (2018). Thresholds for safer alcohol use might need lowering. LANCET, 391(10129), 1460-1461.

Connor, J.P., Haber, P.S., Hall, W.D. (2016). Alcohol Use Disorders. LANCET, 387(10022), 988-98.

Connor, J. P. Hall, W.D. (2015). Alcohol burden in low-income and middle-income countries. LANCET, 386(10007), 1922-4.


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Psychology, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Social Science (Psychology), Charles Sturt University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Central Queensland University


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  • Coates, Jason M., Feeney, Gerald F. X., Gullo, Matthew J., Kavanagh, David J., Young, Ross M. D., May, Jon, Andrade, Jackie and Connor, Jason P. (2019). Craving measurement and application of the alcohol craving experience questionnaire. Neuroscience of Alcohol: Mechanisms and Treatment. (pp. 603-610) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-813125-1.00062-3

  • Connor, Jason P., Weier, Megan and Hall, Wayne D. (2019). The age of onset of alcohol use disorders. Age of onset of mental disorders: etiopathogenetic and treatment implications. (pp. 169-182) edited by Giovanni de Girolamo, Patrick D. McGorry and Norman Sartorius. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-72619-9_9

  • Gullo, Matthew J., Coates, Jason M, Patton, Kiri and Connor, Jason P. (2016). Beyond CBT: What is the future of alcohol use disorder treatment and prevention?. Innovations and future directions in the behavioural and cognitive therapies. (pp. 157-162) edited by Ross G. Menzies, Michael Kyrios and Nikolaos Kazantzis. Samford Valley, Australia: Australian Academic Press.

  • Saunders, John B., Connor, Jason P. and Feeney, Gerald F. X. (2016). Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB): a discussion of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic effects of GHB including its analogues. Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies. (pp. 271-282) edited by Kim Wolff, Jason White and Steven Karch. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.

  • Connor, Jason P., Feeney, Gerald F. X., Kelly, Adrian B. and Saunders, John B. (2016). Polysubstance abuse. The SAGE handbook of drug and alcohol studies: biological approaches. (pp. 283-305) edited by Kim Wolff, Jason White and Steven Karch. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.

  • Kelly, Adrian B., Connor, Jason P. and Toumbourou, John W. (2013). Substance use disorders in young people: Evidence-based prevention and treatment. Applied topics in health psychology. (pp. 333-347) edited by Marie Louise Caltabiano and Lina A. Ricciardelli. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley and Sons.

  • Steindl, Stan and Connor, Jason (2010). Facilitating behavioural change. Communication skills in medicine: Promoting patient-centred care. (pp. 33-47) edited by Michele Groves and Jennifer Fitzgerald. Melbourne, Australia: IP Communications.

  • Fitzgerald, J., Connor, J. and Mitchell, C. (2010). Getting started: How can I help you today?. Communication skills in medicine: Promoting patient-centred care. (pp. 7-19) edited by Groves, M. and Fitzgerald, J.. Melbourne, Australia: IP Communications.

  • Kavanagh, David J., Connor, Jason and Young, Ross (2010). Substance Use Disorders. Handbook of Clinical Psychology Competencies. (pp. 901-928) edited by Jay C. Thomas and Michael Hersen. New York, NY United States: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-09757-2_32

  • Connor, Jason and Furlong, M. (2009). Quality of life and stress in wheelchair-users. Handbook of disease burdens and quality of life measures. (pp. 4088-4101) edited by Victor R. Preedy and Ronald R. Watson. New York , USA: Springer New York. doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-78665-0

  • Connor, J. P., Saunders, J. B. and Feeney, G. F. X. (2006). Quality of Life in Substance Use Disorders. Quality of Life in Mental Disorders. (pp. 199-208) edited by H. Katschnig, H. Freeman and N. Sartorius. UK: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

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