Dr Steph Kershaw

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Senior Medical School

Telephone +61 2 862 79018

Website Cracks in the Ice


Biographical details

Steph is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use. Steph is responsible for managing Cracks in the Ice; a Commonwealth Department of Health funded project disseminating information about crystal methamphetamine in Australia via an online toolkit and mobile app.

Steph completed her PhD in 2015 at the University of South Australia, which focused on the impact of genetic predictors of opioid dependence on neuroimmune and endocrine markers in healthy adults. Following which, she undertook several appointments at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland focusing on the impact of illicit drugs on public health, and the translation of evidence-based research into international policy outcomes.

Research interests

epidemiology, policy, alcohol and other drugs (particularly opioids & methamphetamine), translational research, comorbidity, prevention, early intervention, treatment

Current projects

Cracks in the Ice online community toolkit (https://cracksintheice.org.au/)

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.


Member,The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs (APSAD)

Member,Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc (ANZMH)

Member, The Mental Health Services (theMHS) network

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