Dr Katrina Champion

Research Fellow, The Matilda Centre / Faculties of Health


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Biographical details

Dr Katrina Champion is a Research Fellow andNHMRC Early Career Fellow at The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney. Katrina’s program of research aims to develop and evaluate digital interventions to improve the physical and mental health of adolescents.

Katrina's doctoral research focused on the prevention of substance use and related harms among secondary school students. Her PhD resulted in the development and evaluation of the Climate Schools: Ecstasy & Emerging Drugs module, the first online school-based prevention program designed to prevent ecstasy and new psychoactive substances. In 2015-2017 Katrina led the development and launch of the Cracks in the Ice Online Community Toolkit, which provides the Australian community with accurate, evidence-based information and resources about crystal methamphetamine ("ice").

She is currently based at Northwestern University (Chicago, USA) where she is leading the development of Health4Life, an online multiple health behaviour change intervention to reduce chronic disease risk and improve mental health among adolescents. In 2019, she will return to Australia to oversee a cluster randomised controlled trial of Health4Life in 80 schools across the nation.

Research interests

  • Use of technology to address risky behaviours and improve physical and mental health
  • Preventing risk behaviours in young people (including substance use, smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity, sleep and screen time)
  • Multiple health behaviour change
  • Development of eHealth interventions
  • School-based interventions
  • Substance use prevention and drug education

Teaching and supervision

Potential topics for research supervision:

  • Evaluation of an eHealth intervention to prevent multiple lifestyle risk behaviours among secondary school students;
  • Examining the prevalence and co-occurrence of lifestyle risk behaviours among adolescents;
  • Understanding the relationships between multiple risk behaviours and physical and mental health outcomes.
  • Optimising school-based substance use interventions to improve efficiency and effectiveness

Current projects

NHMRC:
  • A multiple health behaviour approach to prevent common and emerging risk factors for chronic disease: development and evaluation of a novel online intervention for Australian adolescents.
  • Pathways to prevention: The effectiveness of universal and selective prevention in altering developmental pathways to alcohol and cannabis related harms in young adults.
  • Strong and Deadly Futures: A cluster randomised controlled trial of a computerised school-based alcohol and drug prevention program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Paul Ramsay Foundation:

  • Upscaling of the Climate Schools health and wellbeing courses.
  • The Healthy Lifestyles program: An innovative online primary and secondary prevention intervention.

Australian Government Department of Health:

  • Climate Schools Plus: An Integrated online intervention for students and parents to prevent alcohol and cannabis harms among adolescents.
  • Positive Choices to prevent alcohol and drug-related harms among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
  • An online toolkit to provide evidence-based information about methamphetamine.
  • The development, testing and launch of a culturally appropriate online toolkit to provide evidence- based information about methamphetamines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Awards and honours

  • Finalist, BUPA Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher Award, Dec 2018
  • The Australian Rotary Health and the Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders for Research Excellence Award for Early Career Researchers, Dec 2018
  • The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Early Career Researcher Award for most cited paper inDrug and Alcohol Review, 2018
  • 2018 Outstanding Paper Award, “Psychosocial factors associated with binge drinking and cannabis use among Australian adolescents: A longitudinal investigation”.Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Emerald Publishing, 2018.
  • Top Abstract,Sleep Special Interest Group, Society of Behavioral Medicine 39thAnnual Meeting, 2018
  • Finalist,National Institutes of Health (NIH)Office of Disease Prevention(ODP)Early-Stage Investigator Lecture award, 2018
  • Outstanding Research Poster Award, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Annual Symposium, 2017
  • Chapman, C., Birrell, L.,Champion, K.,Stapinski, L., Kay-Lambkin, F., Deen, H., Brierley, M.E., Teesson, M., Newton, N.(2017) Cracks in the Ice Online Toolkit. Australian Rotary Health Knowledge Dissemination Award (Team Award).
  • National Alcohol and Other Drug Excellence Awards, ‘Award for Innovation in Prevention and Education’ for Climate Schools, June 2017 (Team Award)
  • PhD Candidate Award, Australian Rotary Health and Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders Awards for Research Excellence, December 2015
  • UNSW Medicine Dean’s List, UNSW Australia 2014
  • Top Ranked Abstract 2014 Postgraduate Research Symposium: Clinical Research.Inaugural Postgraduate Research Symposium, University of NSW, 29thAugust 2014.
  • Best Student Oral Presentation,Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine 10thAnnual Scientific Conference,Newcastle, Australia, February 2013.

International links

United States

(Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago) Dr Champion is currently spending two years at Northwestern University in Chicago as part of a four-year NHMRC early career fellowship.

Selected grants

2019

  • Strong and Deadly Futures: A cluster randomised controlled trial of a computerised school-based alcohol and drug prevention program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; Stapinski L, Newton N, Snijder M, Doyle M, Champion K, Chapman C; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2017

  • Healthy Lifestyles An innovative implementation model for online interventions to prevent common and emerging risk factors for chronic disease in young Australians; Teesson M, Newton N, Kay-Lambkin F, Champion K, Chapman C, Shoesmith L, Slade T, Mills K, Sunderland M, Bauer J, Parmenter B, Spring B, Lubans D, Allsop S, Hides L, McBride N; Paul Ramsay Foundation/Research Grant.
  • A multiple health behaviour approach to prevent common and emerging risk factors for chronic disease: development and evaluation of a novel online intervention for Australian adolescents; Champion K; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Early Career Fellowships.
  • Pathways to prevention: The effectiveness of universal and selective prevention in altering developmental pathways to alcohol and cannabis related harms in young adults; Newton N, Teesson M, Stapinski L, Slade T, Conrod P, Barrett E, Chapman C, Champion K; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Birrell, L., Deen, H., Champion, K., Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Kay-Lambkin, F., Teesson, M., Chapman, C. (2018). A Mobile App to Provide Evidence-Based Information About Crystal Methamphetamine (Ice) to the Community (Cracks in the Ice): Co-Design and Beta Testing. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 6(12), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Chapman, C., Newton, N., Brierley, M., Stapinski, L., Kay-Lambkin, F., Nagle, J., Teesson, M. (2018). A web-based toolkit to provide evidence-based resources about crystal methamphetamine for the australian community: Collaborative development of cracks in the ice. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 5(1), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Thornton, L., Chapman, C., Leidl, D., Conroy, C., Teesson, M., Slade, T., Koning, I., Champion, K., Stapinski, L., Newton, N. (2018). Climate schools plus: An online, combined student and parent, universal drug prevention program. Internet Interventions, 12, 36-45. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Teesson, M. (2018). Cluster randomised controlled trial of an online intervention to prevent ecstasy and new psychoactive substance use among adolescents: final results and implications for implementation. BMJ Open, 8(11), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Mather, M., Spring, B., Kay-Lambkin, F., Teesson, M., Newton, N. (2018). Clustering of Multiple Risk Behaviors Among a Sample of 18-Year-Old Australians and Associations With Mental Health Outcomes: A Latent Class Analysis. Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Chapman, C., Slade, T., Conroy, C., Thornton, L., Champion, K., Stapinski, L., Koning, I., Teesson, M. (2018). Internet-based universal prevention for students and parents to prevent alcohol and cannabis use among adolescents: Protocol for the randomized controlled trial of climate schools plus. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 7(8), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Slade, T., Champion, K., Barrett, E., Chapman, C., Smout, A., Lawler, S., Mather, M., Castellanos-Ryan, N., et al (2018). Pathways to prevention: Protocol for the CAP (Climate and Preventure) study to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of school-based universal, selective and combined alcohol misuse prevention into early adulthood. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Chapman, C., Champion, K., Birrell, L., Deen, H., Brierley, M., Stapinski, L., Kay-Lambkin, F., Newton, N., Teesson, M. (2018). Smartphone Apps About Crystal Methamphetamine (Ice"): Systematic Search in App Stores and Assessment of Composition and Quality". JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 6(11), 1-20. [More Information]
  • Snijder, M., Stapinski, L., Lees, B., Newton, N., Champion, K., Chapman, C., Ward, J., Teesson, M. (2018). Substance use prevention programs for indigenous adolescents in the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand: Protocol for a systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(2), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Teesson, M., Mather, M., Champion, K., Barrett, E., Stapinski, L., Carragher, N., Kelly, E., Conrod, P., Slade, T. (2018). Universal cannabis outcomes from the Climate and Preventure (CAP) study: A cluster randomised controlled trial. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 13(1). [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Champion, K., Slade, T., Chapman, C., Stapinski, L., Koning, I., Tonks, Z., Teesson, M. (2017). A systematic review of combined student- and parent-based programs to prevent alcohol and other drug use among adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36(3), 337-351. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Newton, N., Spring, B., Wafford, Q., Parmenter, B., Teesson, M. (2017). A systematic review of school-based eHealth interventions targeting alcohol use, smoking, physical inactivity, diet, sedentary behaviour and sleep among adolescents: A review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 6(1). [More Information]
  • Teesson, M., Newton, N., Slade, T., Carragher, N., Barrett, E., Champion, K., Kelly, E., Nair, N., Stapinski, L., Conrod, P. (2017). Combined universal and selective prevention for adolescent alcohol use: a cluster randomized controlled trial. Psychological Medicine, 47(10), 1761-1770. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Barrett, E., Slade, T., Teesson, M., Newton, N. (2017). Psychosocial factors associated with adolescent substance use: a longitudinal investigation. Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 10(4), 142-154. [More Information]
  • Birrell, L., Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Prior, K., Champion, K., Mackie, C., Teesson, M., Slade, T. (2017). Trajectories of emotional symptoms in adolescence: impact on alcohol use. Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 10(4), 130-141. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Slade, T., Barrett, E., Teesson, M. (2016). A cross-validation trial of an Internet-based prevention program for alcohol and cannabis: Preliminary results from a cluster randomised controlled trial. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(1), 64-73. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Teesson, M. (2016). Effectiveness of a universal internet-based prevention program for ecstasy and new psychoactive substances: a cluster randomized controlled trial. Addiction, 111(8), 1396-1405. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Teesson, M., Newton, N. (2016). Patterns and correlates of new psychoactive substance use in a sample of Australian high school students. Drug and Alcohol Review, 35(3), 338-344. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Newton, N., Teesson, M. (2016). Prevention of alcohol and other drug use and related harm in the digital age: What does the evidence tell us? Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 29(4), 242-249. [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Conrod, P., Slade, T., Carragher, N., Champion, K., Barrett, E., Kelly, E., Nair, N., Stapinski, L., Teesson, M. (2016). The long-term effectiveness of a selective, personality-targeted prevention program in reducing alcohol use and related harms: a cluster randomized controlled trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57(9), 1056-1065. [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Champion, K., Teesson, M., Bussey, K. (2016). The reliability and validity of the Australian moral disengagement scale. Behaviour Change, 33(3), 136-149. [More Information]
  • Carragher, N., Teesson, M., Sunderland, M., Newton, N., Krueger, R., Conrod, P., Barrett, E., Champion, K., Nair, N., Slade, T. (2016). The structure of adolescent psychopathology: A symptom-level analysis. Psychological Medicine, 46(5), 981-994. [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Barrett, E., Castellanos-Ryan, N., Kelly, E., Champion, K., Stapinski, L., Conrod, P., Slade, T., Nair, N., Teesson, M. (2016). The validity of the Substance Use Risk Profile Scale (SURPS) among Australian adolescents. Addictive Behaviors, 53, 23-30. [More Information]
  • Sherman, K., Shaw, L., Champion, K., Caldeira, F., McCaskill, M. (2015). The effect of disease risk probability and disease type on interest in clinic-based versus direct-to-consumer genetic testing services. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38(5), 706-714. [More Information]
  • Vogl, L., Newton, N., Champion, K., Teesson, M. (2014). A universal harm-minimisation approach to preventing psychostimulant and cannabis use in adolescents: A cluster randomised controlled trial. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 9(24). [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Andrews, G., Champion, K., Teesson, M. (2014). Universal Internet-based prevention for alcohol and cannabis use reduces truancy, psychological distress and moral disengagement: A cluster randomised controlled trial. Preventive Medicine, 65, 109-115. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Teesson, M., Newton, N. (2013). A cluster randomised controlled trial of the Climate Schools: Ecstasy and Emerging Drugs Module in Australian secondary schools: Study protocol. BMC Public Health, 13(1). [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Newton, N., Barrett, E., Teesson, M. (2013). A systematic review of school-based alcohol and other drug prevention programs facilitated by computers or the Internet. Drug and Alcohol Review, 32(2), 115-123. [More Information]

2018

  • Birrell, L., Deen, H., Champion, K., Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Kay-Lambkin, F., Teesson, M., Chapman, C. (2018). A Mobile App to Provide Evidence-Based Information About Crystal Methamphetamine (Ice) to the Community (Cracks in the Ice): Co-Design and Beta Testing. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 6(12), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Chapman, C., Newton, N., Brierley, M., Stapinski, L., Kay-Lambkin, F., Nagle, J., Teesson, M. (2018). A web-based toolkit to provide evidence-based resources about crystal methamphetamine for the australian community: Collaborative development of cracks in the ice. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 5(1), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Thornton, L., Chapman, C., Leidl, D., Conroy, C., Teesson, M., Slade, T., Koning, I., Champion, K., Stapinski, L., Newton, N. (2018). Climate schools plus: An online, combined student and parent, universal drug prevention program. Internet Interventions, 12, 36-45. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Teesson, M. (2018). Cluster randomised controlled trial of an online intervention to prevent ecstasy and new psychoactive substance use among adolescents: final results and implications for implementation. BMJ Open, 8(11), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Mather, M., Spring, B., Kay-Lambkin, F., Teesson, M., Newton, N. (2018). Clustering of Multiple Risk Behaviors Among a Sample of 18-Year-Old Australians and Associations With Mental Health Outcomes: A Latent Class Analysis. Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Chapman, C., Slade, T., Conroy, C., Thornton, L., Champion, K., Stapinski, L., Koning, I., Teesson, M. (2018). Internet-based universal prevention for students and parents to prevent alcohol and cannabis use among adolescents: Protocol for the randomized controlled trial of climate schools plus. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 7(8), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Slade, T., Champion, K., Barrett, E., Chapman, C., Smout, A., Lawler, S., Mather, M., Castellanos-Ryan, N., et al (2018). Pathways to prevention: Protocol for the CAP (Climate and Preventure) study to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of school-based universal, selective and combined alcohol misuse prevention into early adulthood. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Chapman, C., Champion, K., Birrell, L., Deen, H., Brierley, M., Stapinski, L., Kay-Lambkin, F., Newton, N., Teesson, M. (2018). Smartphone Apps About Crystal Methamphetamine (Ice"): Systematic Search in App Stores and Assessment of Composition and Quality". JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 6(11), 1-20. [More Information]
  • Snijder, M., Stapinski, L., Lees, B., Newton, N., Champion, K., Chapman, C., Ward, J., Teesson, M. (2018). Substance use prevention programs for indigenous adolescents in the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand: Protocol for a systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(2), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Teesson, M., Mather, M., Champion, K., Barrett, E., Stapinski, L., Carragher, N., Kelly, E., Conrod, P., Slade, T. (2018). Universal cannabis outcomes from the Climate and Preventure (CAP) study: A cluster randomised controlled trial. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 13(1). [More Information]

2017

  • Newton, N., Champion, K., Slade, T., Chapman, C., Stapinski, L., Koning, I., Tonks, Z., Teesson, M. (2017). A systematic review of combined student- and parent-based programs to prevent alcohol and other drug use among adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36(3), 337-351. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Newton, N., Spring, B., Wafford, Q., Parmenter, B., Teesson, M. (2017). A systematic review of school-based eHealth interventions targeting alcohol use, smoking, physical inactivity, diet, sedentary behaviour and sleep among adolescents: A review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 6(1). [More Information]
  • Teesson, M., Newton, N., Slade, T., Carragher, N., Barrett, E., Champion, K., Kelly, E., Nair, N., Stapinski, L., Conrod, P. (2017). Combined universal and selective prevention for adolescent alcohol use: a cluster randomized controlled trial. Psychological Medicine, 47(10), 1761-1770. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Barrett, E., Slade, T., Teesson, M., Newton, N. (2017). Psychosocial factors associated with adolescent substance use: a longitudinal investigation. Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 10(4), 142-154. [More Information]
  • Birrell, L., Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Prior, K., Champion, K., Mackie, C., Teesson, M., Slade, T. (2017). Trajectories of emotional symptoms in adolescence: impact on alcohol use. Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 10(4), 130-141. [More Information]

2016

  • Champion, K., Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Slade, T., Barrett, E., Teesson, M. (2016). A cross-validation trial of an Internet-based prevention program for alcohol and cannabis: Preliminary results from a cluster randomised controlled trial. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(1), 64-73. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Teesson, M. (2016). Effectiveness of a universal internet-based prevention program for ecstasy and new psychoactive substances: a cluster randomized controlled trial. Addiction, 111(8), 1396-1405. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Teesson, M., Newton, N. (2016). Patterns and correlates of new psychoactive substance use in a sample of Australian high school students. Drug and Alcohol Review, 35(3), 338-344. [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Newton, N., Teesson, M. (2016). Prevention of alcohol and other drug use and related harm in the digital age: What does the evidence tell us? Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 29(4), 242-249. [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Conrod, P., Slade, T., Carragher, N., Champion, K., Barrett, E., Kelly, E., Nair, N., Stapinski, L., Teesson, M. (2016). The long-term effectiveness of a selective, personality-targeted prevention program in reducing alcohol use and related harms: a cluster randomized controlled trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57(9), 1056-1065. [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Stapinski, L., Champion, K., Teesson, M., Bussey, K. (2016). The reliability and validity of the Australian moral disengagement scale. Behaviour Change, 33(3), 136-149. [More Information]
  • Carragher, N., Teesson, M., Sunderland, M., Newton, N., Krueger, R., Conrod, P., Barrett, E., Champion, K., Nair, N., Slade, T. (2016). The structure of adolescent psychopathology: A symptom-level analysis. Psychological Medicine, 46(5), 981-994. [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Barrett, E., Castellanos-Ryan, N., Kelly, E., Champion, K., Stapinski, L., Conrod, P., Slade, T., Nair, N., Teesson, M. (2016). The validity of the Substance Use Risk Profile Scale (SURPS) among Australian adolescents. Addictive Behaviors, 53, 23-30. [More Information]

2015

  • Sherman, K., Shaw, L., Champion, K., Caldeira, F., McCaskill, M. (2015). The effect of disease risk probability and disease type on interest in clinic-based versus direct-to-consumer genetic testing services. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38(5), 706-714. [More Information]

2014

  • Vogl, L., Newton, N., Champion, K., Teesson, M. (2014). A universal harm-minimisation approach to preventing psychostimulant and cannabis use in adolescents: A cluster randomised controlled trial. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 9(24). [More Information]
  • Newton, N., Andrews, G., Champion, K., Teesson, M. (2014). Universal Internet-based prevention for alcohol and cannabis use reduces truancy, psychological distress and moral disengagement: A cluster randomised controlled trial. Preventive Medicine, 65, 109-115. [More Information]

2013

  • Champion, K., Teesson, M., Newton, N. (2013). A cluster randomised controlled trial of the Climate Schools: Ecstasy and Emerging Drugs Module in Australian secondary schools: Study protocol. BMC Public Health, 13(1). [More Information]
  • Champion, K., Newton, N., Barrett, E., Teesson, M. (2013). A systematic review of school-based alcohol and other drug prevention programs facilitated by computers or the Internet. Drug and Alcohol Review, 32(2), 115-123. [More Information]

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