Research

Associate Professor Gullo's expertise is in addiction and substance use. He led the Psychosocial Interventions section of the 2021 Commonwealth Guidelines for the Treatment of Alcohol Problems. These guidelines provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to a broad range of health care professionals, including general practitioners, nurses, medical specialists, psychologists and counsellors.

Associate Professor Gullo's research seeks to improve the assessment and treatment of substance use disorder through a better understanding of the complex biosocial cognitive mechanisms involved, revealing new targets for personalised intervention. These mechanisms include reward sensitivity, impulsivity, substance-related cognition (beliefs about drug effects, craving, drug refusal self-efficacy), and studying how they are affected by social influences and genetic predisposition. The scope of this research program covers the entire translational spectrum:

Associate Professor Gullo has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and been awarded over $3.7m in research funding. His research has advanced targeted treatment efforts “on the ground”. At Princess Alexandra Hospital, he led the implementation of several initiatives to improve practice, including the development of a new theoretically-driven, instant assessment and feedback system (iAx). These initiatives have improved the provision of care to over 7,500 patients through the translation of the latest research findings into frontline service delivery.

A up-to-date list of scientific publications can be found on:

Research Team

Social cognitive predictors of treatment outcomes for amphetamine use and application of a biosocial cognitive model

Angela Wanigasooriya

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — Principal Advisor

Other advisors: Professor Jason Connor

Investigating social-cognitive predictors of alcohol misuse and related risky behaviours among adolescents

Laura Anderson

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — Principal Advisor

Other advisors: Dr Genevieve Dingle

The Multidimensional Nature of Craving and Motivation in Alcohol Use

Brandon Cheng

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — Associate Advisor

Other advisors: Professor Jason Connor (Primary), Dr Jason Coates

Parental substance misuse, prevention science, and evidence-based practice: Filling in the gaps and solidifying the foundations

Elizabeth Eggins

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — External Associate Advisor

Other advisors: Professor Sharon Dawe (Primary), Dr Natalie Loxton, Dr Sarah Bennett, Professor David B. Wilson, Dr Paul Harnett

Exploring emotion regulation, social participation and mental health in older adults

Lydia Tu-Parker

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — Associate Advisor

Other advisors: Dr Hannah Gullo (Primary)

Research Assistants and Interns

Ms Chloe Kidd

Mr Samnang Leav

Ms Ali Revill

Ms Hayley Kimball

Ms Germaine Lai

Past Higher Degree Research Students

A biosocial cognitive model of youth cannabis dependence

Zoe Papinczak

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — Principal Advisor

Other advisors: Professor Jason Connor, Dr Paul Harnett

Episodic foresight and decision-making: mechanisms, development, impairment and evolution

Adam Bulley

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — Associate Advisor

Other advisors: Professor Thomas Suddendorf (Primary), Professor Julie Henry

Impulsivity as mechanism of risk and target for prevention in adolescent alcohol use

Kiri Patton

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — Principal Advisor

Other advisors: Professor Jason Connor, Dr Jeanie Sheffield

Targeting treatment in alcohol dependence

Jason Coates

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — Associate Advisor

Other advisors: Professor Jason Connor (Primary), Dr Genevieve Dingle