Jason's primary research area is in the field of substance use disorders, including psychological models of addiction, genetics, craving, anticraving agents, substance dependence treatment outcomes and prevention of youth substance abuse.
Jason Connor is an Associate Professor in Health and Clinical Psychology and Director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research at The University of Queensland. He is also a National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) of Australia Career Development Fellow (Clinical, 2012-2016). Jason is a clinical psychologist by training and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). He has specialist membership in the APS Health and Clinical Colleges. Jason commenced his academic career after being awarded a NH&MRC doctoral scholarship (PhD, 2002) for research into substance use disorders. Since moving from full-time clinical practice to academia, he has successfully combined teaching responsibilities with research. His main research focus is substance use disorders. Recent publications have included identifying genetic markers of alcohol and nicotine dependence, the efficacy of anticraving medications, measurement of alcohol craving, novel psychological models of problem drinking and the prevention of youth substance abuse. His projects are funded by current NH&MRC and Australian Research Council grants. Jason has received awards for his research (Australian Psychological Society Early Career Research Award), teaching (National Carrick Institute Citation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) and service to the profession of psychology (Australian Psychological Society Health College Award of Distinction). In addition to his academic roles, Jason has an appointment with Queensland Health and continues to offer clinical services.