Researcher biography


22 January 2020

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Zoe has now completed her PhD. Please join me in congratulating Dr Papinczak!

Zoe's PhD developed and tested a new biosocial cognitive theory of cannabis use. She published three of her studies in top journals during the course of her PhD (listed below). Her final study, which she is currently seeking to publish, involved an RCT evaluating the additive effectiveness a new instant assessment and feedback (iAx) system to brief intervention-as-usual for non-treatment seeking cannabis users. She recruited 89 cannabis users recruited at the PA Hospital's Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit and found iAx significantly improved outcomes of the brief intervention, was cost-effective, and improved patient understanding of their assessment results.

Papinczak, Z. E., Connor, J. P., Feeney, G. F. X., Young, R. M., & Gullo, M. J. (2017). Treatment seeking in cannabis dependence: The role of social cognition. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 170, 142–146.

Papinczak, Z. E., Connor, J. P., Harnett, P., & Gullo, M. J. (2018). A biosocial cognitive model of cannabis use in emerging adulthood. Addictive Behaviors, 76, 229–235.

Papinczak, Z. E., Connor, J. P., Feeney, G. F. X., Harnett, P., Young, R. M., & Gullo, M. J. (2019). Testing the biosocial cognitive model of substance use in cannabis users referred to treatment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 194, 216–224.

Congratulations, Dr Papinczak!

Kind regards,



A/Prof Matthew Gullo PhD(Clin Psych) MAPS FCCLP

MRFF Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research

The University of Queensland