Dr David Alexander Leonard Newcombe

BA, BA (Hons), PhD

Biography

I have had over twenty year's experience working in the addiction sector in New Zealand and Australia.  I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in psychology and neuroscience at Flinders University and doctoral studies in psychopharmacology at Adelaide University in South Australia. Previously I worked at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in the Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Problems at University of Adelaide where he was involved with many large multinational multi site studes (including the validation of the Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST)).  In addition to my teaching responsibilities I am an Associate Director of the Centre for Addiction Research at University of Auckland.

My current research interests include; Evaluating screening and brief interventions for problematic drug use in different contexts; the use of pharmacotherapy for treating addiction disorders; the cognitive effects of drugs of abuse through the lifespan; and the impact of co- existing problems (including prescription medication use) on well-being.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Screening and brief interventions for problematic alcohol and drug use
  • Clinical pharmacology of pharmacotherapies used for the treatment of dependence
  • Cognitive effects of drugs of abuse
  • The impact of co- existing problems (including prescription medication use) on well-being.

Teaching | Current

I  coordinate the following courses:

POPLRAC 765: Co-existing Disorders - Theory and Principles

POPLHLTH 738: Biology of Addiction

POPLHLTH 773: Pharmacotherapeutic Responses to Addiction

POPLPRAC 708: Assessment and Intervention with Addiction

POPLHLTH 212: Biobehavioural Aspects of Drug Use 

 

Postgraduate supervision

Currently supervising post graduate students undertaking the following research:

  • Development, reliability and validity of a questionnaire to screen for problematic internet use
  • Substance use and health utilisation in older adults with addiction
  •  E-cigarettes: Acceptability and feasibility for smoking cessation and harm reduction in alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment 
  • The experiences and outcomes of those receiving treatment for opioid dependence who have initiated their opioid use through legitimate pathways

 

Distinctions/Honours

2017.  US National Institute for Drug Abuse, Distinguished International Scientist Collaboration Award (DISCA)

2016. Supreme Winner - National Workforce Innovation Award 2014 (Matua Raki).

1998. Australian Post Graduate Research Award for doctoral studies

 

Responsibilities

Head of Section, Social and Community Health, Social and Community Health 

Academic Director, Alcohol and Drug Studies Programmes Academic 

Associate Director, Centre for Addiction Research http://www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/cfar

Areas of expertise

Screening and brief intervention for risky drug use

The cognitive effects of drugs of abuse

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member, Australian Professional Society of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Chair, Training Providers Network

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Newcombe, D. A. L., Taufa, S., Tanielu, H., & Nosa, V. (2019). Substance misuse stories among Pacific peoples in New Zealand. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 14 (1), 68-79. 10.1080/1177083X.2018.1528991
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vili Nosa
  • Jeong, S. H., Sheridan, J., Bullen, C., Newcombe, D., Walker, N., & Tingle, M. (2018). Ascending single dose pharmacokinetics of cytisine in healthy adult smokers. Xenobiotica; the fate of foreign compounds in biological systems, 1-19. 10.1080/00498254.2018.1557760
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Soo Hee Jeong, Janie Sheridan, Malcolm Tingle, Chris Bullen
  • Schenk, S., & Newcombe, D. (2018). Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) in Psychiatry: Pros, Cons, and Suggestions. Journal of clinical psychopharmacology, 38 (6), 632-638. 10.1097/jcp.0000000000000962
  • Newcombe, D., Knaebe, B., Malloy, R., Peacock, A., & Bruno, R. (2018). ARE CONSUMERS OF ALCOHOL AND CAFFEINATED ENERGY DRINKS RISK TAKERS?. DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW. (pp. 1).
  • Ali, R., & Newcombe, D. (2018). WORKSHOP: SCALING UP SCREENING, BRIEF INTERVENTION AND REFERRAL TO TREATMENT IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE: HOW THE ASSIST CAN HELP YOU. DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW. (pp. 1).
  • Walker, N., McCormack, J., Mathers, K., Newcombe, D., Jones, R., Parag, V., ... Dulin, P. (2018). ACCEPTABILITY AND UTILITY OF THE 'STEPAWAY' APP IN A NEW ZEALAND CONTEXT: FEEDBACK FROM END-USERS AND STAKEHOLDERS. DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW. (pp. 1).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jessica McCormack
  • Sheridan, J., Bespalova, P., Chong, W., Lee, J. S., Romic, S., Ting, E., & Newcombe, D. (7/7/2018). Substance misuse and addictions: What do schools of pharmacy teach?. Poster presented at Life Long Learning in Pharmacy (LLLP) Conference, Brisbane, Australia. Pharmacy Education, 2018; 18 (1) 1 - 54. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janie Sheridan
  • Newcombe, D., Artigiani, E., & Wish, E. (8/6/2018). Exploring global drug early warning systems: An international collaboration. Poster presented at 2018 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Forum: Building International Collaborative Research on Drug Abuse, San Diego, California, USA. Related URL.

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Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 342
TAMAKI CAMPUS GATE 1, 261 MORRIN RD
ST JOHNS
AUCKLAND 1072
New Zealand

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