Dr Sonja Memedovic
Lecturer

Dr Sonja Memedovic

Medicine & Health
National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre

Dr Sonja Memedovic is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney). She completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) in 2008 and a PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine in 2018, at UNSW Sydney.

Sonja has worked in the substance use research field since 2009, focusing predominantly on the intersection between substance use and mental health among vulnerable and marginalised populations. Her research aims to improve understanding of the risk and protective factors that are common to substance use and mental health disorders, with the goal of using this knowledge to inform the development of effective interventions for these conditions. 

Sonja currently leads the UnLEASH study, a longitudinal online cohort study examining substance use patterns, and risk and protective factors for use, among lesbian, bisexual and queer women in Australia.

Phone
+61 (2) 9385 0326
  • Book Chapters | 2012
    Teesson M; Memedovic S; Mewton L; Slade T; Baillie A, 2012, 'Detection, evaluation, and diagnosis of alcohol use disorders', in Saunders JB; Rey JM (ed.), Young people and alcohol: impact, policy, prevention, treatment, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK, pp. 212 - 230, http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1444335987,descCd-description.html
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Wong RXY; Farrell M; Degenhardt L; Memedovic S; Harvey SB; Petrie K, 2022, 'Substance use among vocational trainees in Australia: differences between medical specialties.', Intern Med J, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imj.15729
    Journal articles | 2021
    Haber PS; Riordan BC; Winter DT; Barrett L; Saunders J; Hides L; Gullo M; Manning V; Day CA; Bonomo Y; Burns L; Assan R; Curry K; Mooney-Somers J; Demirkol A; Monds L; McDonough M; Baillie AJ; Clark P; Ritter A; Quinn C; Cunningham J; Lintzeris N; Rombouts S; Savic M; Norman A; Reid S; Hutchinson D; Zheng C; Iese Y; Black N; Draper B; Ridley N; Gowing L; Stapinski L; Taye B; Lancaster K; Stjepanović D; Kay-Lambkin F; Jamshidi N; Lubman D; Pastor A; White N; Wilson S; Jaworski AL; Memedovic S; Logge W; Mills K; Seear K; Freeburn B; Lea T; Withall A; Marel C; Boffa J; Roxburgh A; Purcell-Khodr G; Doyle M; Conigrave K; Teesson M; Butler K; Connor J; Morley KC, 2021, 'New Australian guidelines for the treatment of alcohol problems: an overview of recommendations', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 215, pp. S3 - S32, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja2.51254
    Journal articles | 2020
    Larance B; Degenhardt L; Grebely J; Nielsen S; Bruno R; Dietze P; Lancaster K; Larney S; Santo T; Shanahan M; Memedovic S; Ali R; Farrell M, 2020, 'Perceptions of extended-release buprenorphine injections for opioid use disorder among people who regularly use opioids in Australia', Addiction, vol. 115, pp. 1295 - 1305, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.14941
    Journal articles | 2020
    Peacock A; Gisev N; Memedovic S; Larance B; Brown J; Cairns R; Buckley N; Farrell M; Degenhardt L, 2020, 'Opioid use and harms associated with a sustained-release tapentadol formulation: A post-marketing surveillance study.', Drug Alcohol Depend, vol. 206, pp. 107697, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107697
    Journal articles | 2020
    Sutherland R; Dietze PM; Gisev N; Bruno R; Campbell G; Memedovic S; Peacock A, 2020, 'Patterns and correlates of prescribed and non-prescribed pregabalin use among a sample of people who inject drugs in Australia', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 39, pp. 568 - 574, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13083
    Journal articles | 2020
    Tran LT; Peacock A; Colledge S; Memedovic S; Grebely J; Leung J; Larney S; Trickey A; Stone J; Vickerman P; Hickman M; Degenhardt L, 2020, 'Injecting risk behaviours amongst people who inject drugs: A global multi-stage systematic review and meta-analysis', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 84, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102866
    Journal articles | 2019
    Memedovic S; Slade T; Ross J; Darke S; Mills KL; Marel C; Burns L; Lynskey M; Teesson M, 2019, 'Rumination and problematic substance use among individuals with a long-term history of illicit drug use', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 203, pp. 44 - 50, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.05.028
    Journal articles | 2018
    Geddes L; Iversen J; Memedovic S; Maher L, 2018, 'Intravenous fentanyl use among people who inject drugs in Australia', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 37, pp. S314 - S322, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12668
    Journal articles | 2018
    Van de Ven K; Maher L; Wand H; Memedovic S; Jackson E; Iversen J, 2018, 'Health risk and health seeking behaviours among people who inject performance and image enhancing drugs who access needle syringe programs in Australia', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 37, pp. 837 - 846, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12831
    Journal articles | 2017
    Teesson M; Marel C; Darke S; Ross J; Slade T; Burns L; Lynskey M; Memedovic S; White J; Mills KL, 2017, 'Trajectories of heroin use: 10–11-year findings from the Australian Treatment Outcome Study', Addiction, vol. 112, pp. 1056 - 1068, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.13747
    Journal articles | 2016
    Memedovic S; Iversen J; Maher L, 2016, 'Drug injection trends among participants in the Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey, 2011-2015', Drug Trends Bulletin, vol. October Supplement 2016, pp. 1 - 4, https://dlnstorage.blob.core.windows.net/drt101/1822/idrs-october-supplement-2016_final.pdf
    Journal articles | 2016
    Ross J; Teesson M; Lejuez C; Mills K; Kaye S; Brady K; Dore G; Prior K; Larkin X; Cassar J; Ewer P; Memedovic S; Kihas I; Masters SL, 2016, 'The efficacy of behavioural activation treatment for co-occurring depression and substance use disorder (the activate study): A randomized controlled trial', BMC Psychiatry, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12888-016-0943-1
    Journal articles | 2015
    Teesson M; Marel C; Darke S; Ross J; Slade T; Burns L; Lynskey M; Memedovic S; White J; Mills KL, 2015, 'Long-term mortality, remission, criminality and psychiatric comorbidity of heroin dependence: 11-year findings from the Australian treatment outcome study', Addiction, vol. 110, pp. 986 - 993, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.12860
    Journal articles | 2014
    Mewton L; Slade T; Teesson M; Memedovic S; Krueger RF, 2014, 'Improving the diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorders through survey methodology and cognitive interviewing', International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, vol. 23, pp. 359 - 371, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mpr.1448
    Journal articles | 2013
    Mewton L; Slade T; Memedovic S; Teesson M, 2013, 'Alcohol use in hazardous situations: implications for DSM-IV and DSM-5 alcohol use disorders', Alcoholism : Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 37, pp. E228 - E236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-0277.2012.01881.x
    Journal articles | 2013
    Slade T; Teesson M; Mewton L; Memedovic S; Krueger RF, 2013, 'Do Young Adults Interpret the DSM Diagnostic Criteria for Alcohol Use Disorders as Intended? A Cognitive Interviewing Study', Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 37, pp. 1001 - 1007, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acer.12063
    Journal articles | 2013
    Slade T; Teesson M; Mewton L; Memedovic S; Krueger RF, 2013, 'Do young adults interpret the DSM Diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorders as intended? A cognitive interviewing study', Alcoholism : Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 37, pp. 1001 - 1007, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acer.12063/pdf
    Journal articles | 2012
    Teesson M; Slade T; Swift W; Mills K; Memedovic S; Mewton L; Grove R; Newton NC; Hall W, 2012, 'Prevalence, correlates and comorbidity of DSM-IV Cannabis Use and Cannabis Use Disorders in Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 46, pp. 1182 - 1192, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004867412460591
    Journal articles | 2011
    Teesson M; Mitchell PB; Deady ME; Memedovic S; Slade T; Baillie A, 2011, 'Affective and anxiety disorders and their relationship with chronic physical conditions in Australia: findings of the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 45, pp. 939 - 946, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/00048674.2011.614590
    Journal articles | 2010
    Memedovic S; Grisham JR; Denson T; Moulds ML, 2010, 'The effects of trait reappraisal and suppression on anger and blood pressure in response to provocation', Journal of Research in Personality, vol. 44, pp. 540 - 543, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2010.05.002
  • Reports | 2020
    Chrzanowska A; Gisev N; Price O; Sutherland R; Memedovic S; Degenhardt L; Farrell M; Peacock A, 2020, Tapentadol use and harms in Australia: Analysis of opioid sales data and sentinel survey data from people who inject drugs, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5ef15b883c0ac
    Conference Abstracts | 2020
    Peacock A; Gisev N; Memedovic S; Larance B; Brown J; Cairns R; Buckley N; Farrell M; Degenhardt L, 2020, 'Opioid use and harms associated with a sustained-release tapentadol formulation: A post-marketing surveillance study', in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, WILEY, Vol. 206, pp. S57 - S57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107697
    Reports | 2020
    Sutherland R; Baillie G; Memedovic S; Hammoud M; Barratt M; Bruno R; Dietze P; Ezard N; Salom C; Degenhardt L; Hughes C; Peacock A, 2020, Key findings from the 'Australians’ Drug Use: Adapting to Pandemic Threats (ADAPT)' Study, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5efbef7c8d821
    Reports | 2019
    Sutherland R; Memedovic S; Degenhardt L; Farrell M; Peacock A, 2019, Tapentadol use among people who regularly inject drugs in Australia, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/resource/tapentadol-use-among-people-who-regularly-inject-drugs-australia
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Teesson M; Marel C; Mills KL; Darke S; Ross J; Slade T; White J; Memedovic S; Lynskey M; Burns L, 2014, 'LONGITUDINAL TRAJECTORIES OF HEROIN USE: FINDINGS FROM THE AUSTRALIAN TREATMENT OUTCOME STUDY', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY-BLACKWELL, pp. 12 - 12, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000344914800036&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Teesson M; Marel C; Mills KL; Darke S; Ross J; Slade T; White J; Memedovic S; Lynskey M; Burns L; Brady K, 2014, 'THE NATURAL HISTORY OF HEROIN DEPENDENCE: 11-YEAR FINDINGS FROM THE AUSTRALIAN TREATMENT OUTCOME STUDY', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY-BLACKWELL, pp. 12 - 12, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000344914800035&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2012
    Memedovic S; Slade T; Ross J; Teesson M; Darke S; Mills K; Burns L, 2012, 'RUMINATION, DEPRESSION AND SUBSTANCE USE: PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FROM THE AUSTRALIAN TREATMENT OUTCOME STUDY (ATOS)', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY-BLACKWELL, Vol. 31, pp. 41 - 42, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000311236700129&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Slade T; Teesson M; Mewton L; Memedovic S; Krueger RF, 2012, 'DO YOUNG ADULTS INTERPRET THE DSM DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA FOR ALCOHOL USE DISORDERS AS INTENDED?', in ALCOHOLISM-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH, WILEY-BLACKWELL, San Francisco, CA, pp. 336A - 336A, presented at 35th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Research-Society-on-Alcoholism (RSA), San Francisco, CA, 23 June 2012 - 27 June 2012, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000304806002495&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1