Dr Kirsten Morley

Research Fellow
Addiction Medicine, Central Clinical School

C39 - Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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Biographical details

Research interests

I conduct clinical research in the efficacy and bio-behavioural basis of treatments for substance use and associated comorbidities (psychiatric: suicide risk, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances and physiological: liver disease). Areas of expertise include: randomised controlled trials; psychopharmacology; psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy of substance use and mental health.

Teaching areas

Lecture Research Inquiry in the Masters of Neuroscience program for Brain and Mind Research Institute since 2012-present, Anti-craving Agents for Alcohol Dependence 2007-2010.


Psychiatry; Substance abuse and addiction; Clinical psychology; Alcohol; Mental disorders


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008


  • Morley, K., Haber, P., Tucker, P., Sitharthan, T. (2014), The Efficacy of an Opportunistic Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Package (OCB) on Substance Use and Comorbid Suicide Risk: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 82(1), 130-140. [Abstract]
  • Hunt, G., Siegfried, N., Morley, K., Sitharthan, T., Cleary, M. (2014), Psychosocial Interventions for People With Both Severe Mental Illness and Substance Misuse. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 40(1), 18-20. [Abstract]


  • Morley, K., Baillie, A., Sannibale, C., Teesson, M., Haber, P. (2013), Integrated care for comorbid alcohol dependence and anxiety and/or depressive disorder: study protocol for an assessor-blind, randomized controlled trial. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice. 8(1), 19. [Abstract]
  • Hunt, G., Siegfried, N., Morley, K., Sitharthan, T., Cleary, M. (2013), Psychosocial interventions for people with both severe mental illness and substance misuse. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 10, CD001088. [Abstract]
  • Morley, K., Leung, S., Baillie, A., Haber, P. (2013), The efficacy and biobehavioural basis of baclofen in the treatment of alcoholic liver disease (BacALD): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 36(2), 348-355. [Abstract]


  • Morley, K., Haber, P., Morgan, M., Samara, F. (2012), Pericyazine in the treatment of cannabis dependence in general practice: a naturalistic pilot trial. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation. 3, 43-47.


  • Baillie, A., Stapinski, L., Crome, E., Morley, K., Sannibale, C., Haber, P., Teesson, M. (2010), Some new directions for research on psychological interventions for comorbid anxiety and substance use disorders. Drug and Alcohol Review. 29(5), 518-524. [Abstract]
  • Morley, K., Teesson, M., Sannibale, C., Baillie, A., Haber, P. (2010), Clinical Predictors of Outcome from an Australian Pharmacological Relapse Prevention Trial. Alcohol and alcoholism (Oxford, Oxfordshire). 45, 520-6. [Abstract]


  • Colagiuri, B., Morley, K., Boakes, R., Haber, P. (2009), Expectancy in double-blind placebo-controlled trials: an example from alcohol dependence. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 78(3), 167-171. [Abstract]
  • Morley, K., Haber, P., Lintzeris, N. (2009), Pharmacotherapies for alcohol dependence. In: Guidelines for the Treatment of Alcohol Problems. (pp.93-106).Australia: Commonwealth of Australia.


  • Richardson, K., Baillie, A., Reid, S., Morley, K., Teesson, M., Sannibale, C., Weltman, M., Haber, P. (2008), Do acamprosate or naltrexone have an effect on daily drinking by reducing craving for alcohol?. Addiction. 103(6), 953-959. [Abstract]
  • Thomson, C., Morley, K., Teesson, M., Sannibale, C., Haber, P. (2008), Issues with recruitment to randomised controlled trials in the drug and alcohol field: a literature review and Australian case study. Drug and alcohol review. 27(2), 115-122. [Abstract]