Professor Maree Teesson AC, is Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC); Professorial Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS); Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences (ASSA); and a Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission Advisory Board.

Maree’s vision is to build the world’s leading dedicated translational research program for the prevention and treatment of comorbid mental health and substance abuse. While it is widely recognised that there is significant comorbidity in these two areas they have traditionally been approached in isolation, making it virtually impossible to make significant inroads. She seeks to increase our understanding of drug & alcohol and mental disorders, prevent these where possible and improve treatment responses.

Maree has made a substantial contribution to medical research with over 280 research articles, reviews, book chapters and books. The innovation of her research has been recognised through leadership of over 100 grants totalling over $47M.

Maree’s awards include the Companion of the Order of Australian (AC); the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Mentoring Young Researchers; Senior Scientist Award by the Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and Drugs; SMHR Oration Award; and Westpac/Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence (Innovation).