Dr Llewellyn Mills

Central Clinical School


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Biographical details

I am a drug and alcohol researcher with the University of Sydney Medical School, working at the Langton Centre, a drug and alcohol treatment centre in Surry Hills.

The cost of addiction is enormous, for the individuals who suffer from it, their families, and society in general. I am committed to helping find new ways to treat addiction so that sufferers and their families can get closer to a normal, happy life. I have only just started on my research career but have already found the process of investigating addiction immensely rewarding, both the analytical side and the human side.

My doctoral thesis examined the ways that beliefs about how much of a drug we have in our body affect our perceptions of withdrawal symptoms via the placebo and nocebo effect. I found that when people know that the dose of a drug they rely on has gone down it makes their withdrawal symptoms worse than if they are unaware it has gone down. I hope one day soon to test whether this knowledge can be used to tailor interventions for drug and alcohol use.

Research interests

I am interested in:

1. The factors that cause and maintain addiction

2. The way that beliefs affect perceptions of withdrawal

3. The placebo and nocebo effect

4. Longitudinal data analysis

5. Bayesian statistics

Teaching and supervision

Abnormal Psychology

Science and Statistics

Psychometrics and Individual Differences

Awards and honours

Travel Award, Society for Interdisciplinary Placebo Studies Conference (Leiden, The Netherlands, 2017)

Australian Postgraduate Award (2013-2016)

In the media

An article entitled Article Better Latte Than Never discussing my first study appeared in theWeekend Australian SupplementMagazine April 23-24, 2016

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Mills, L., Dar-Nimrod, I., Colagiuri, B. (2017). Effect of Genetic Information and Information About Caffeine Content on Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Norberg, M., Newins, A., Mills, L., Ham, L. (2017). Psychometric Validation of the Anticipated Effects of Alcohol Mixed With Energy Drinks Scale. Psychological Assessment, 29(12), 1505-1516. [More Information]
  • Mills, L., Boakes, R., Colagiuri, B. (2016). Placebo caffeine reduces withdrawal in abstinent coffee drinkers. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 30(4), 388-394. [More Information]

2017

  • Mills, L., Dar-Nimrod, I., Colagiuri, B. (2017). Effect of Genetic Information and Information About Caffeine Content on Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Norberg, M., Newins, A., Mills, L., Ham, L. (2017). Psychometric Validation of the Anticipated Effects of Alcohol Mixed With Energy Drinks Scale. Psychological Assessment, 29(12), 1505-1516. [More Information]

2016

  • Mills, L., Boakes, R., Colagiuri, B. (2016). Placebo caffeine reduces withdrawal in abstinent coffee drinkers. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 30(4), 388-394. [More Information]

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