Researcher biography

Nina was awarded her PhD at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) which was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award and CYSAR top-up PhD scholarship. Nina previously completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours Psychology) at QUT. Nina’s PhD project ‘Examination of Personality Substance Use Risk Profiles and Alcohol Use Trajectories from Early to Late Adolescence’ focuses on the role of personality and other demographic and environmental factors on alcohol uptake and trajectories, throughout adolescence. This PhD comprises four studies. Study one cross-sectionally examines the moderating effect of environmental factors on the relationship between personality and alcohol use, and explores the relative influence of anxiety sensitivity vs. social anxiety proneness on alcohol use, in early adolescence. The second study utilises self-report and behavioural assessments in order to create a new personality risk profile scale for substance use in young people. The third study examines the reliability and validity of the scale developed in study two, within an adolescent cohort. Finally, study four utilises longitudinal data to examine the effects of the interaction between personality and environmental variables on alcohol use trajectories throughout adolescence. Nina is also employed as a Research Assistant and Tutor at QUT. 

CYSAR advisor: Associate Professor Leanne Hides