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Associate Professor

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Turning Point
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Company Description: Turning Point strives to promote and maximise the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities living with and affected by alcohol and other drug-related...   more

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  • BA Hons
  • MSc
  • PhD
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Latest News, 27 Oct 2015 [cached]
Turning Point’s public seminar series is pleased to announce the following presentation on ASSERTIVE LINKAGE AND SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS presented by Associate Professor David Best
David Best is the new Associate Professor in Addiction Studies at Turning Point and Monash University.
David Best, ..., 25 Dec 2014 [cached]
David Best, Ph.D.
Dr. David Best is qualified as a psychologist and a criminologist and was trained at Strathclyde University and London School of Economics, and has worked at the Institute of Psychiatry, Birmingham University, University of the West of Scotland, and is currently Head of Research and Workforce Development at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Melbourne, and Associate Professor of Addiction Studies at Monash University. He is Chair of Recovery Academy Australia, vice-chair of Recovery Academy UK and was the first chair of the Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium. He is the author of two books on recovery and his research interests are around recovery and social connectedness and measuring recovery processes and pathways.
Associate Professor of Addiction Studies ..., 29 Aug 2012 [cached]
Associate Professor of Addiction Studies at Turning Point and Monash University David Best said family conflict was strongly linked to the intensity of substance use; and the failure to resolve family issues to ongoing vulnerability and adversity.
"It is unfortunate that many young people were resistant to family members being involved in their treatment and reported that they did not want their family to come to the youth AOD service," he said.
Associate Professor Best said further research was needed to look at tailoring services to meet the needs of young people and also so family members could be more involved.
He said it was important youths with addiction issues engaged treatment agencies, saying they could provide positive changes across a range of complex and vulnerable matters.
"It is seen as valuable and to be recommended, not least because it provides the respite and space young people may feel they need," he said.
Associate Professor David ..., 17 Aug 2015 [cached]
Associate Professor David Best
Associate Professor David Best
David Best is Associate Professor of Addiction Studies and is a joint appointment with Monash University. He is from Scotland and qualified initially with a first class honours degree in Psychology with Philosophy, before achieving a Masters with Distiction in Criminology. His PhD was about the explanations drug and alcohol users provide for their addictions and how this shapes their perceptions of what is possible in the future. He has worked in academic research at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, the Insitute of Psychiatry in London, Birmingham University and the University of the West of Scotland. He has worked in policy research at the Police Complaints Authority, the National Treatment Agency and the Prime Ministers's Delivery Unit. Drugs and crime: and has been involved in work for the UK Home Office as well as developing and evaluating interventions for drug using offenders Treatment effectiveness: was lead for parts of the UK treatment effectiveness initiative, and has been lead on project work in this area in Birmingham and for the Welsh Assembly Government Recovery: His primary commitment in the addictions field is to recovery David Best was the first Chair of the Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium established as part of the national drug strategy, "The Road to Recovery" He is currently the chair of the UK Recovery Academy to promote academic research into who recovers and when His book "Addiction Recovery: A movement for social change and personal growth in the UK" is to be published in January 2012 Turning Point
As acting lead for Clinical Research at Turning Point, he is overseeing a number of clinical research projects but has a direct role in:
Best, D., Day, E., Campbell, A., Simpson, D. & Flynn, P. (2009) Relationship between drug treatment engagement and criminal thinking style among drug-using offenders. European Addiction Research, 15, 71-77. Simpson, D., Rowan-Szal, G., Joe, G., Best, D., Day, E. & Campbell, A. (2009) Relating counselor attributes to client engagement in England. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 36, 313-320. Best, D., Day, E., Morgan, B., Oza, T., Copello, A. & Gossop, M. (2009) What treatment means in practice: An analysis of the therapeutic activity provided in criminal justice drug treatment services in Birmingham, England. Addiction Research and Theory, 17 (6), 678-687. Best, D., Walker, D., Aston, E., Pegram, C. & O'Donnell, G. (2010) Assessing the impact of a high intensity partnership between the police and drug treatment service in addressing the offending of problematic drug users. Policing and Society, 20 (3), 358-369 Best, D., Day, E., Cantillano, V., Gaston, R., Nambamali, A., Sweeting, R., Keaney, F. (2008) Mapping heroin careers: Utilising a standardized history-taking method to assess the speed of escalation of heroin using careers in a treatment-seeking cohort. Drug and Alcohol Review, 27, 169-174. Day, E., Best, D., Cantillano, V., Gaston, V., Nambamali, A., Keaney, F. (2008) Measuring the use and career histories of drug users in treatment: Reliability of the Lifetime Drug Use History (LDUH) and its data yield relative to clinical case notes. Drug and Alcohol Review, 27, 175-181. Hibbert, L. & Best, D. (2011) Assessing recovery and functioning in former problem drinkers at different stages of their recovery journey. Drug and Alcohol Review, 30, 12-20.
Addiction Conference 2015 BlogAddiction Conference, 1 June 2014 [cached]
By David Best, Monash University
David Best is affiliated with Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Monash University, Eastern Health, Recovery Academy Australia
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