Dr Tayla Degan
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Tayla Degan

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)- University of Wollongong.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)- University of Wollongong.
  • Clinical Psychologist- Psychology Board of Australia (PSY0002250944).
Medicine & Health
National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre

Dr Tayla Degan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), University of New South Wales. She is also a registered Clinical Psychologist working in private practice.

She is currently involved in stimulant research at NDARC and is working on projects which include the Tina Trial. She has expertise in working with people accessing substance use disorder treatment and mental health services. She has experience working across multiple research trials and projects, including a NSW Health funded randomised controlled trial- the Continuing Care Project, which examined the effectiveness of a telephone-based continuing care intervention for people discharged from residential substance use disorder treatment services. She also has experience in the evaluation of health services such as residential rehabilitation. Her PhD focused on the health literacy of people accessing specialist mental health and substance use disorder treatment services. 

She has previously worked as a Clinical Psychologist for Corrective Services NSW. In this role, she specialised in the assessment and treatment of people in custody who experienced serious mental health such as schizophrenia and psychosis.

She has previously conducted lectures in psychology for the University of Wollongong and Charles Darwin University.

Phone
+61-2-9348 1610
Location
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Davis EL; Ingram I; Deane FP; Buckingham M; Breeze D; Degan T; Kelly PJ, 2023, 'A Qualitative Study Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Implementing Client Centred Care (CCC) in an Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Service', Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 19, pp. 49 - 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15504263.2022.2159603
    Journal articles | 2023
    Kelly PJ; Ingram I; Deane FP; Baker AL; Byrne G; Degan T; Osborne B; Meyer JM; Townsend C; Nunes J; McKay JR; Robinson L; Nolan E; Palazzi K; Lunn J, 2023, 'Feasibility and preliminary results of a call centre delivered continuing care intervention following residential alcohol and other drug treatment', Drug and Alcohol Review, 42, pp. 1395 - 1405, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13693
    Journal articles | 2022
    Degan TJ; Kelly PJ; Robinson LD; Deane FP; Baker AL, 2022, 'Health literacy and healthcare service utilisation in the 12-months prior to entry into residential alcohol and other drug treatment', Addictive Behaviors, 124, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.107111
    Journal articles | 2022
    Degan TJ; Robinson LD; Deane FP; Baker AL; Kelly PJ, 2022, 'Post-treatment Outcomes and Changes in Health Literacy of People Discharged from Specialist Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11469-022-00915-w
    Journal articles | 2021
    Degan TJ; Kelly PJ; Robinson LD; Deane FP; Smith AM, 2021, 'Health literacy of people living with mental illness or substance use disorders: A systematic review', Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 15, pp. 1454 - 1469, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eip.13090
    Journal articles | 2021
    Kelly PJ; Ingram I; Deane FP; Baker AL; McKay JR; Robinson LD; Byrne G; Degan TJ; Osborne B; Townsend CJ; Nunes JL; Lunn J, 2021, 'Predictors of consent and engagement to participate in telephone delivered continuing care following specialist residential alcohol and other drug treatment', Addictive Behaviors, 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.106840
    Journal articles | 2020
    Davis EL; Kelly PJ; Deane FP; Baker AL; Buckingham M; Degan T; Adams S, 2020, 'The relationship between patient-centered care and outcomes in specialist drug and alcohol treatment: A systematic literature review', Substance Abuse, 41, pp. 216 - 231, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2019.1671940
    Journal articles | 2020
    Kelly P; Deane F; Baker A; Byrne G; Degan T; Osborne B; Townsend C; McKay J; Robinson L; Oldmeadow C; Lawson K; Searles A; Lunn J, 2020, 'Erratum: Correction to: Study protocol the Continuing Care Project: a randomised controlled trial of a continuing care telephone intervention following residential substance dependence treatment (BMC public health (2020) 20 1 (107))', BMC public health, 20, pp. 258, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-8328-2
    Journal articles | 2020
    Kelly P; Deane F; Byrne G; Degan T; Osborne B; Townsend C; McKay J; Robinson L; Oldmeadow C; Lawson K; Searles A; Lunn J, 2020, 'Study protocol the Continuing Care Project: A randomised controlled trial of a continuing care telephone intervention following residential substance dependence treatment', BMC Public Health, 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-8206-y
    Journal articles | 2019
    Degan TJ; Kelly PJ; Robinson LD; Deane FP; Wolstencroft K; Turut S; Meldrum R, 2019, 'Health literacy in people living with mental illness: A latent profile analysis', Psychiatry Research, 280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2019.112499
    Journal articles | 2019
    Degan TJ; Kelly PJ; Robinson LD; Deane FP, 2019, 'Health literacy in substance use disorder treatment: A latent profile analysis', Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 96, pp. 46 - 52, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2018.10.009
  • Reports | 2023
    McKetin R; Thapa P; Uthurralt N; Bo A; Degenhardt L; Farrell M; Mounteney J; Griffiths P; Degan T, 2023, An Overview Of The Evidence For Substance Use Interventions, NDARC, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/yb4b-1c31, https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/resource/overview-evidence-substance-use-interventions
    Conference Presentations | 2021
    Degan T; Kelly P; Robinson L; Deane F, 2021, 'Health literacy and service utilisation of people accessing residential alcohol and other drug treatment', presented at Enhancing Connections, Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (NADA), Sydney
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Degan TJ; Kelly PJ; Robinson LD; Deane FP, 2021, 'DOES HEALTH LITERACY CHANGE OVER TIME? A LONGITUDINAL EXAMINATION OF THE HEALTH LITERACY OF PEOPLE EXITING SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER TREATMENT', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, pp. S64 - S64, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000715073200160&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Kelly PJ; Deane FP; Baker A; Byrne G; Degan T; Osborne B; Townsend C; McKay J; Robinson L; Oldmeadow C; Lawson K; Searles A; Lunn J; Gehrig C, 2021, 'THREE-MONTH OUTCOMES FROM AN RCT OF A CONTINUING CARE TELEPHONE INTERVENTION FOLLOWING RESIDENTIAL SUBSTANCE DEPENDENCE TREATMENT', in ALCOHOLISM-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH, WILEY, pp. 75A - 76A, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000661449200274&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Kelly PJ; Deane FP; Baker AL; Byrne G; Ingram I; Degan TJ; Robinson LD; Osborne B; Townsend CJ; Mckay JR; Palazzi K; Oldmeadow C; Lunn J; Gehrig C, 2021, 'SIX-MONTH OUTCOMES FROM A RANDOMSIED CONTROLLED TRIAL OF A CONTINUING CARE TELEPHONE INTERVENTION FOLLOWING RESIDENTIAL SUBSTANCE DEPENDENCE TREATMENT', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, pp. S89 - S90, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000715073200221&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Preprints | 2020
    Davis EL; Kelly PJ; Deane FP; Buckingham M; Breeze D; Degan T, 2020, A qualitative study exploring the benefits and challenges of implementing client centered care in a substance dependence rehabilitation service, , http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-24274/v1
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Degan TJ; Kelly PJ; Robinson LD; Deane FP; Smith AM, 2019, 'A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW INTO THE HEALTH LITERACY EXPERIENCES OF THOSE LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AND/OR SUBSTANCE DEPENDENCE', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, pp. S40 - S41, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000494890100108&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Degan T; Kelly P; Robinson L; Deane F, 2018, 'Health literacy in residential substance dependence treatment: a latent profile analysis', presented at Psychology in an international context research seminar, Singapore
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Degan T; Kelly P; Robinson L; Deane F, 2018, 'Health literacy in residential substance dependence treatment: a latent profile analysis', presented at Therapeutic Intervention, Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (NADA), Sydney
    Conference Posters | 2018
    Degan T; Kelly P; Robinson L; Deane F, 2018, 'Health literacy in residential substance dependence treatment: a latent profile analysis', Melbourne, presented at Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD), Melbourne

  • Australian Psychological Society 2022 College of Clinical Psychologists Student Prize.
  • 2018-2022 Matching Scholarship (funded by the University of Wollongong and The Salvation Army).
  • October 2022, Publication of the Month Award for 'Post-treatment outcomes and changes in health literacy of people discharged from specialist substance use disorder services'- Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong.

Invited webinar for the Network of the National Library of Medicine:

Health Literacy of People Living with Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders (youtube.com)

 

Podcast episode- "Better thinking" with Nesh Nikolic:

#143 – Dr Tayla Degan on The Importance of Health Literacy for Clinicians and Consumers — Nesh Nikolic