Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:30
Prof Bruce Abernethy and Dr Matthew Gullo
Prof Bruce Abernethy and Dr Matthew Gullo

Researching how impulsivity impacts addiction and substance abuse has led Dr Matthew Gullo to win the 2015 Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Early Career Research Excellence Award.

Based at the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR), Dr Gullo is also an Affiliate Lecturer with the School of Psychology.

In accepting his award from Faculty Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy, he revealed what he believed was the key to his ongoing work.

“Juggling research and clinical practice is challenging, but I believe it is a vital ingredient of effective translational research,” Dr Gullo said.

“I am excited by what we have uncovered so far about the psychological mechanisms of impulsivity and how we might better target this key risk factor in treatment.

 “I am very grateful for the ongoing support of the Faculty and the opportunity to work with the fantastic team at CYSAR.

“The early career award is an honour, particularly when you consider the world-class research conducted throughout Health and Behavioural Sciences.”

Holder of a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship, Dr Gullo is also a Visiting Senior Clinical Psychologist in addiction at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Since completing his PhD in 2009 he has published 37 journal articles, three invited book chapters and 13 conference abstracts.

In 2013, Dr Gullo received Early Career Research Awards from both the Australian Psychological Society and Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs.

In 2014, he received a commendation in the Research Award category in the first-ever HaBS Research and Innovation Awards.

Dr Gullo developed the first human laboratory model of adolescent impulsivity and alcohol use at CYSAR.