Dr Simone Rodda

2015, Monash University, PhD, Psychology & Public Health


My research uses theory to solve real world social problems. It concerns the question of how people think about addiction and why and how they engage in behaviour change.  Spanning a number of areas including implementation intentions, goal setting, self-regulation, self-control and help-seeking I am particularly interested in developing interventions that are accessible to sub-clinical populations. I am the founder of the Change Strategies Project (www.changestrategies.ac.nz) which investigates implementation planning and goal setting for reductions in alcohol, internet pornography, internet gaming, overeating, sugar, gambling and caffeine. The underpinning program philosophy is self-determination theory and interventions developed to specially bridge the intention-behaviour gap.

Research | Current

Current projects:

  • A classification system of change strategies for problem gambling
  • The effectiveness of action and coping planning in Victorian Gaming Venues
  • An evaluation of an online CBT program for problem gambling
  • A study investigating the impact of SMS and e-therapy for treatment seekers
  • Identification of problem gambling in primary care services
  • Identification of the needs of family members impacted by gambling
  • An analysis of change strategies used for internet addiction, pornography and internet gaming
  • An analysis of change strategies used for reduction in unhealthy eating and consumption of alcohol

Teaching | Current

Communities and Addictions (POPLHLTH 307)

Theory and Skills of Counselling Practice (POPLPRAC 707)

Areas of expertise

Gambling and Addictions

E-mental health including chat, email, forums, SMS and online self-help

Brief and minimal interventions

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Regional Associate Editor for International Gambling Studies

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Booth, N., Saxton, J., & Rodda, S. N. (2020). Estimates of Caffeine Use Disorder, Caffeine Withdrawal, Harm and Help-seeking in New Zealand: A cross-sectional survey. Addictive behaviors, 10910.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106470
  • Gong, L., & Rodda, S. N. (2020). An Exploratory Study of Individual and Parental Techniques for Limiting Loot Box Consumption. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION10.1007/s11469-020-00370-5
  • Rodda, S., Booth, N., McKean, J., Chung, A., Park, J. J., & Ware, P. (2020). Mechanisms for the reduction of caffeine consumption: What, how and why. Drug and alcohol dependence, 21210.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108024
  • Oakes, J. E., Manning, V., Rodda, S. N., & Lubman, D. (2020). A six-step brief intervention to reduce distress and increase treatment readiness in problem gamblers. SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD.10.1177/1039856220901471
  • Merkouris, S. S., Hawker, C. O., Rodda, S. N., Youssef, G. J., & Dowling, N. A. (2020). GamblingLess: Curb Your Urge: Development and usability testing of a smartphone-delivered ecological momentary intervention for problem gambling. INTERNATIONAL GAMBLING STUDIES10.1080/14459795.2020.1749293
  • Bagot, K. L., Cheetham, A., Lubman, D., & Rodda, S. N. (2020). Predictors of Strategy Engagement for the Prevention and Reduction of Gambling Harm: a Prospective Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION10.1007/s11469-020-00265-5
  • Merkouris, S. S., Greenwood, C., Manning, V., Oakes, J., Rodda, S., Lubman, D., & Dowling, N. A. (2020). Enhancing the utility of the problem gambling severity index in clinical settings: Identifying refined categories within the problem gambling category. Addictive behaviors, 10310.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106257
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/50031
  • Rodda, S. N., Bagot, K. L., Manning, V., & Lubman, D. I. (2020). An Exploratory RCT to Support Gamblers' Intentions to Stick to Monetary Limits: A Brief Intervention Using Action and Coping Planning. Journal of gambling studies, 36 (1), 387-404. 10.1007/s10899-019-09873-w
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48081

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1168
New Zealand

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