Mr Richard Mellor
Postdoctoral Fellow

Mr Richard Mellor



Arts,Design & Architecture
Social Policy Research Centre

Dr Richard Mellor is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC). Richard completed his PhD in 2020 with DPMP at UNSW. This was a mixed-methods thesis examining understandings and experiences of alcohol problem resolution within and outside the alcohol treatment system. At DPMP, Richard has worked with a number of jurisdictions and peak bodies to update and adapt the Drug and Alcohol Services Planning Model (DASPM) to provide more contemporary planning figures and contribute to better distribution of treatment resources and improved access for those who seek alcohol or other drug treatment. Richard is also involved in a project exploring policy processes and the role of participation in drugs policy. 

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  • Journal articles | 2021
    Mellor R; Lancaster K; Ritter A, 2021, 'Examining untreated and treated alcohol problem resolution in an Australian online survey sample', Drug and Alcohol Review,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Mellor R; Lancaster K; Ritter A, 2021, 'Recovery from alcohol problems in the absence of treatment: a qualitative narrative analysis', Addiction, vol. 116, pp. 1413 - 1423,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Mellor R; Ritter A, 2020, 'Redressing responses to the treatment gap for people with alcohol problems: The overlooked role of untreated remission from alcohol problems', Sucht, vol. 66, pp. 21 - 30,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Mellor R; Lancaster K; Ritter A, 2019, 'Systematic review of untreated remission from alcohol problems: Estimation lies in the eye of the beholder', Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, vol. 102, pp. 60 - 72,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Ritter A; Mellor R; Chalmers J; Sunderland M; Lancaster K, 2019, 'Key Considerations in Planning for Substance Use Treatment: Estimating Treatment Need and Demand', Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, pp. 22 - 30,
  • Reports | 2021
    Mellor R; Kearnes M; Lancaster K; McLauchlan L; Ritter A, 2021, Making policy in emergencies – insights for routine policy making. The case example of opioid pharmacotherapy maintenance, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, DPMP Monograph No. 35,
    Reports | 2020
    Ritter A; Wilkinson C; Vuong T; Kowalski M; Barrett L; Mellor R; Sommerville K, 2020, Distilling our changing relationship with alcohol during COVID-19, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, DPMP Monograph No. 29,

PhD Scholarship – National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), 2016-2020
Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses, 2020