Exercise intervention for the treatment of substance use and mental health


This project will be based in a hospital environment and involve evaluating the effect of exercise on mental health symptoms and substance use rehabilitation. These projects are ideally suited to individuals who have good interpersonal skills, a strong interest in addiction and keen to work in a clinical environment.


Dr Kirsten Morley

Research Location

Camperdown - Central Clinical School

Program Type



The project will require multidisciplinary collaboration, involving addiction medicine, psychiatry, physiology and sports science, neuropsychology and potentially neuroimaging. The project involves implementing a hospital based exercise program using a randomsied controlled trial design. There is scope in the project to investigate the role of exercise on neuronal plasticity during abstinence if the student wishes. Students will be part of the dynamic mentoring team at the NHMRC CRE for Mental Health and Substance Use.

Additional Information

To make this project successful students should have a strong interest in addiction and good personal skills needed to work with a complex group of patients and a multi-disciplinary environment.

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treatment, exercise, cognition, Alcohol, mental health, substance use, neuronal plasticity

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 833

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