Our people

Our people

Dr Simone Rodda

Associate Professor, AUT University

Simone is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the field of addiction. Over the years, she has worked as a counsellor, educator, manager, and researcher, focusing on a range of different addictions. Through her work, Simone has come to realize that people often know what they need to do to overcome their addictions, but struggle to put this knowledge into action.

Rimke Bijker Profile | Auckland University of Technology

Rimke Bijker

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rimke is a postdoctoral fellow with an extensive background in epidemiology and public health. Her research is focused on understanding how people self-regulate their behaviour, with a particular interest in sugar consumption. Her work aims to identify the factors that contribute to excessive sugar consumption and to develop interventions to help individuals reduce their sugar intake.


Collaborators on the Change Strategies Project

Associate Professor Nicki Dowling

Addictions specialist and researcher at Deakin University in Australia. Nicki is a clinical psychologist and has talked to many thousands of people who want to change thier behaviour over the past 15 years.


Associate Professor Jason Landon

Addictions specialist Jason Landon teaches psychology at AUT University. Jason is interested in experimental research and qualitative investigations. He has conducted multiple evaluations of public health interventions.


Dr Stephanie Merkouris 

Lecturer in psychology at Deakin University. Stephanie is passionate about her work in addictions research. She is an expert in quantiative methodology and has conducted multiple studies investigating treatment outcomes.


Professor Dan Lubman

Addiction specialist from Monash University and Director of Turning Point in Australia. Dan is a psychiatrist and researcher with over 20 years working in the field of addictions. Dan has treated many thousands of people with addictions. His research interests include early intervention and prevention of substance use disorders.



This project welcomes students interested in supporting people to change their addictive behaviours. If you have a passion and desire to get involved contact us at simone.rodda@aut.ac.nz

Other key collaborators:  Dr Kathleen Bagot, Professor David Hodgins, Dr George Youssef, Dr Anna Thomas, A/Prof Vic Manning, Dr Jane Oakes., A/Prof Dan King

Past students: Abdullah Kalantan, Carneshika Hettiaratchi, Wendy Stanley-Tate, Yen Ling Tan, Amber Kim and Dr. Brenna Knaebe, Matt Brittain, Paul Ware, Anita Chung, Jessica McKean, Cathy Han, Nana Iwami, Liu Gong, Telusila Vea, Mia Meckel and Lauren Hunter.

Current students and research assistants: Hiranya Khullar, Sarah Oommen, Pete Cordis, Tarnya Burge, Hannah Reddy, Sarah Riley, Emma Hurley.

Current PhD and Clinical Psychology Doctorate candidates: Jennifer Park, Imran Keshani, Wai Lim Li, Stephanie Dias

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