Caroline holds a PhD from UQ in the epidemiology of comorbid substance and mental health disorders, and has worked in the addiction field for over 15 years in both academia and service provision. Prior to this she worked in the molecular biology side of medical research for many years, particularly inflammatory diseases. She has particular interests in the genetic and social factors contributing to chronic health conditions, and how support services can be designed to respond to these challenges.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of alcohol and other drug use and mental health disorders
  • Community impact of alcohol, other drug and mental health disorders
  • Community health prevention
  • Health service design, uptake and evaluation

PhD thesis

Comorbid alcohol and mental health disorders: a longitudinal analysis of development to young adulthood

  • Publications

    Salom, CL, Betts, KS, Williams, GM, Najman, JM and Alati, R (2016). Predictors of comorbid poly-substance use and mental health disorders in young adults – a latent class analysis. Addiction 111(1), 156-164.

    Salom, CL, Kelly, AB, Alati, R, Williams, GM, Patton, GC and Williams, JW (2016). Individual, school and family characteristics distinguish co-occurrence of drinking and depression in young adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Review 35(4), 387-396. 

    Salom, CL and Alati, R (2016). Misuse of pharmaceuticals by regular psychostimulant users: are there mental health problems? Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System Bulletin, April 2016, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW.

    Salom, CL, McIlwraith, F and Alati, R (2016). Queensland Trends in Ecstasy and Related Drug Markets 2015: Findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS). Australian Drug Trends Series No. 162. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

    Betts, KS, Salom, CL, Williams, GM, Najman, JM, Alati, R (2015). Associations between self-reported symptoms of prenatal maternal infection and post-traumatic stress disorder in offspring: evidence from a prospective birth cohort study. Journal of Affective Disorders 175, 241-247.

    Salom, CL, Williams, GM, Najman, JM and Alati, R (2015). Substance use and mental health disorders are linked to different forms of intimate partner violence victimisation. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 151, 121-127.

    Salom, CL, Williams, GM, Najman, JM and Alati, R (2015). Familial factors associated with development of alcohol and mental health comorbidity. Addiction 110(2), 248-257.      

    Salom, CL, Williams, GM, Najman, JM and Alati, R, 2014. Does early socio-economic disadvantage predict comorbid alcohol and mental health disorders? Drug and Alcohol Dependence 142, 146-153.

    Salom, CL, Betts, KS, Williams, GM, Najman, JM, Scott, JG and Alati, R (2014). Do young people with comorbid mental and alcohol disorders experience worse behavioural problems? Psychiatry Research 219(2), 372-379.

    Salom, CL, Holman, A, Connor, JP, Toumbourou, JW and Kelly, AB (2012). Evidence that community-based prevention reduces adolescent alcohol use: A commentary on Gilligan et al. Drug and Alcohol Review 31(7), 930-931. 

Staff Details

Position: 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Qualifications: 
  • B Sc (Hons)
  • PhD