Australia

Ross Coomber, Ph.D.:

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Ross Coomber, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Australia. Until recently he was Professor of Sociology and Director of the Drug and Alcohol Research Unit at Plymouth University (UK). He has been involved in researching a wide range of issues relating to drug use, drug supply and formal and informal interventions in many societies around the world for over twenty-five years. He has published extensively within the drug field and is the author of Pusher Myths: Re-Situating the Drug Dealer (2006) and co-editor (with Nigel South) of Drug Use and Cultural Contexts ‘Beyond the West’ (2004) (both Free Association Books) among others. His latest book is Key Concepts in Crime and Society (2015) published by Sage (co-authored with Joe Donnermyer, Karen McElrath and John Scott). Ross has been publishing on the issue of image and performance enhancing substances (IPEDs), on and off, for many years. He was an early (1992) advocate of harm reduction approaches to performance enhancing drug (PED) use in professional sport, and in broader policy terms, that there are many myths and contradictions about fairness in the sporting world (1998) that confound simple doping policy. More recently (2013a) he has tried to show how much of what happens in ant-doping policy in the sporting world has its roots in, and mirrors, responses to illicit drugs in the non-sporting world.  His latest research (2015) relates much supply of IPEDs at the local non-professional and semi-professional levels to be closer to friend/social supply than dealing proper and should be treated as such by the criminal justice system. He also strongly believes that the use of recreational drugs should not be the remit of sporting authorities or bodies such as WADA (2013b). Email Ross: r.coomber@griffith.edu.au.

You can also find him on Twitter @RossCoomber1 and ResearchGate.

Matthew Dunn:

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Dr. Matthew Dunn is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Deakin University as well as a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW. He is one of the leading researchers investigating the public health aspects of performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) use in Australia. He has worked in the drug and alcohol field for over 10 years. He completed his psychology studies at the University of Wollongong (1997-2000) prior to completing certification in fitness instruction. He undertook a Ph.D. at the University of Sydney (2002-2006), where his dissertation looked at the influence of drug use, exercise, and sexual orientation on body image concerns in men. He worked at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre for over five years, working on projects investigating trends in substance use and harm. He led a world-first project investigating illicit substance use issues among elite athletes. He has worked at Deakin University since 2011 and has an active interest in projects which investigate the use of and harms associated with substances to enhance their body or performance. His latest research has investigated how people with ADHD self-manage their symptoms, the use of ‘smart’ and other drugs to enhance academic performance among university students, and health service access among people who use performance and image enhancing drugs. Email Matthew: m.dunn@deakin.edu.au.

You can follow him on Twitter @drmdunn1, LinkedIn, and Research Gate.

Terry Goldsworthy: 

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Dr. Terry Goldsworthy has over 28 years policing experience in Australia as a Detective Inspector. He served in general duties, watchhouse and as a motorcycle officer before moving to the Criminal Investigation Branch in 1994. He spent eight years as a Detective Senior Sergeant on the Gold Coast in charge of the CIB at Burleigh Heads before moving to the Legal and Policy Unit at Ethical Standard Command. Dr. Goldsworthy has completed a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws, Advanced Diploma of Investigative Practice and a Diploma of Policing. As a result of his law studies Dr. Goldsworthy was admitted to the bar in the Queensland and Federal Courts as a barrister in 1999. Dr. Goldsworthy then completed a Master of Criminology at Bond University. He later completed his Ph.D. focusing on the concept of evil and its relevance from a criminological and sociological viewpoint. In particular Dr. Goldsworthy looked at the link between evil and armed conflicts using the Waffen-SS as a case study. Dr. Goldsworthy has recently published his first book titled Valhalla’s Warriors, which examines the genocidal actions of the SS in Russia during World War II. He has also contributed a chapter to the tertiary textbooks, Serial Crime and Forensic Criminology, published by Academic Press. He contributed a number of articles to journal and general publications. He is an avid commentator of social justice issues. Terry is currently conducting research into performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs). You can find the study here. Email Terry: tgoldswo@bond.edu.au.

You can also find him on Twitter: @tgoldswo, and LinkedIn.

Scott Griffiths

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Dr. Scott Griffiths is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, a Lecturer at the University of Canberra, and Secretary of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders. Scott completed his PhD on eating disorders in males in April 2016. Scott is particularly interested in the use of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) among individuals with muscularity-focused eating and body image disorders, including muscle dysmorphia, and sometimes called ‘reverse anorexia’ or ‘bigorexia’. Upcoming research projects include longitudinal studies of men who use PIEDs and men with muscle dysmorphia, with focus on improving diagnostic criteria, exploring help-seeking and stigma, and amenability to mental health treatment options. Scott is actively involved with peak professional and charitable eating disorder bodies, including the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders and the Butterfly Foundation, and seeks to connect the expertise of health professionals in the eating disorders arena with clients who suffer from muscularity-focused body image and eating concerns and disorders. Scott’s position is that PIEDs, and anabolic steroids in particular, can be viewed as muscularity-focused analogues of the laxatives and diuretics frequently taken by individuals suffering from thinness-oriented eating disorders, and that muscle dysmorphia may be a muscularity-focused analogue of anorexia nervosa. Scott is involved in the development and evaluation of treatments for muscle dysmorphia and steroid use and has conducted clinical workshops on these topics at national and international eating disorder conferences. You can contact him here: scottgriffiths@gmail.com

You can also follow him on Academia, ResearchGate, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Aaron Hart

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Aaron is a Research Associate at Curtin University and works on the study titled Understanding performance and image-enhancing drug (PIED) injecting to improve health and minimise hepatitis C transmission. Aaron is a sociologist with an interest in the intersections between social welfare, health and opportunity. His work has explored the intersections between low socioeconomic status, gender roles and alcohol and other drug related harm; social services for young people and families experiencing homelessness and unemployment; and clinical responses to poverty. His analyses frequently detail the mechanisms employed by social institutions to attribute the poor outcomes of their services to the pathologies of their clients.

Aaron’s current study investigates social practices associated with men’s use of performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs) in Australia. It aims to better understand who takes them, when, why and how; and to create new knowledge on the health information needs of men who inject PIEDs. This project expects to directly inform policy and practice, aiming to help minimise hepatitis C transmission among men who inject PIEDs. In the process the project will illuminate contemporary practices of masculinity through PIED use as they play out in relation to sexuality, ethnicity, age and other issues. For project updates go to https://addictionconcepts.com. Email Aaron: aaron.hart@curtin.edu.au.

Kathryn (Kate) Henne:

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Kathryn (Kate) Henne is a Senior Research Fellow at the RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australian National University, as well as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society, University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport and has published a number of articles on the ideologies and social conditions that inform the regulation of drug use in sport and broader practices of bodily enhancement. She is currently conducting comparative research on regulatory approaches targeting performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) use across Oceania (with James Connor, University of New South Wales, and Vanessa McDermott, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology). She holds a MA and PhD (with a specialisation in Anthropologies of Medicine, Science and Technology) from the School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine and a MA from the College of Health and Human Services, California State University, Long Beach. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency to support her work. Email Kate: kathryn.henne@anu.edu.au.

You can also follow her on her website ‘katehenne.com’, Twitter @k8henne, LinkedIn and ResearchGate.

Stephanie Raymond

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Stephanie Raymond is a Sociology Ph.D. Candidate, Research Assistant and Guest Lecturer from The University of Queensland, Australia. Her doctoral project is the first of its kind worldwide to offer a sociological analysis of the social practice of ‘melanotanning’ (use of the synthetic melanocortin, Melanotan) in the Australian context. Using qualitative methods to engage directly with Melanotan users, this investigation seeks to more thoroughly understand user experience, as well as provide novel theorisations about the implications of this practice in the context of public health messages about sun safety; human enhancement drugs (HEDs), and traditional models of healthcare. Stephanie has been received by the Translational Research Institute, The Conversation, ABC Radio and The Australian Sociological Association, to discuss the preliminary findings of this research, and is making forthcoming efforts to publish through peer-reviewed journals as her candidature progresses. Please contact Stephanie with any interest in this project, or to discuss potential interdisciplinary collaborations. More information about the project can be found here: http://www.projectmelanotan.com. Email Stephanie: s.raymond1@uq.edu.au.

Kate Seear

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Dr Kate Seear is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Monash University, Australia. She holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellowship (2016-2018). Kate is a practising lawyer, the Academic Director of Springvale Monash Legal Service, and an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Social Studies of Addiction Concepts research program in the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Australia. She has written extensively on the intersections between alcohol and other drug use, drug law and policy, stigma and discrimination. She is the author, among other things, of the world’s first full-length social science book on hepatitis C and injecting drug use (together with Professor Suzanne Fraser), called Making disease, making citizens: The politics of hepatitis C (published by Ashgate). Much of Kate’s work is empirical, qualitative and interdisciplinary in nature, and draws upon a range of perspectives and disciplines including science and technology studies, feminist theory, new materialisms, legal ethics and human rights. Together with Professor Suzanne Fraser, Professor David Moore, Dr Campbell Aitken and Ms Kay Stanton, she is presently undertaking research into the rise of performance and image enhancing drug injecting in Australia. This project funded by the Australian Research Council (DP170100302) explores opportunities for improving harm reduction. Kate holds honours degrees in sociology and law, and a PhD, all from Monash University. Email Kate:  Kate.Seear@monash.edu.

You can also Kate on Twitter and for project updates, go to: https://addictionconcepts.com

Mair Underwood

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Dr Mair Underwood is an anthropologist and Lecturer at the University of Queensland. She specializes in human bodies and particularly their modification. In particular she explores how body modifications (such as tattoo or bodybuilding) are used to create, reflect and disrupt social boundaries such as those of gender and class. Her current interest is in the social lives of image and performance enhancing drugs: how they acquire meaning through social interactions and how they alter social interactions. She has been conducting an online ethnography of recreational bodybuilding since 2015. Email Mair: m.underwood@uq.edu.au.

You can also follow her on ResearchGate and LinkedIn.

Renee Zahnow

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Dr. Renee Zahnow is a research fellow at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She has expertise in spatial and longitudinal analysis and has applied her expertise to examine spatio-temporal patterns of a range of social problems such as crime, disorder, drug use (including performance and image enhancing drugs), disaster effects and fire. Currently Renee has an interest in applying spatial and longitudinal methods to better understand patterns of alcohol and drug use in Australia and globally. She has a particular interest in understanding life-course trajectories of human enhancement drug (HED) users and factors associated with initiation and cessation of steroids and other HED use. Email Renee: r.zahnow@uq.edu.au.

You can also follow her on Academia and ResearchGate.

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