Dr Kate Hall – Principal Investigator & Co-Developer

Dr Kate Hall is a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer in addiction and mental health at Deakin University. Her research focuses on the role of emotion dysregulation as a transdiagnostic treatment target for vulnerable young people with complex mental health and substance use issues. She leads the treatment steam at the Deakin Centre for Drug, Alcohol and Addiction Research (CEDAAR).

Dr Angela Simpson – Co-Developer & Lead ERIC Coach 

Dr Angela Simpson is a health psychologist and research fellow who has experience working as an evaluator, researcher and clinician in the drug and alcohol field. Her clinical research has examined the treatment of co-existing borderline personality disorder and substance use disorder, the translation of motivational interviewing into drug treatment settings, and the use of evidence-based treatments within the area of addiction and mental health. Angela co-developed ERIC and leads the competency based training model.

Dr Elise Sloan – Research Fellow & ERIC Coach

Elise Sloan is a research fellow and clinical psychologist working on the ERIC team as both a researcher and coach. Elise has completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology which examined the role of emotion regulation as a transdiagnostic construct across mental health and substance use disorders in vulnerable young people.

ERIC was developed by Deakin University in partnership with Victoria’s Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS), Queensland’s Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI) and the Hunter New England Health Service (NSW) in 2015. Subsequent partnerships in 2017 have been conducted with the Department of Justice and Attorney General, QLD.

ERIC has been piloted and evaluated by researchers from The Deakin Centre for Drug, Alcohol and Addiction Research and the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development: Dr Kate Hall, Dr Angela Simpson, Elise Sloan, Dr George Youssef, Associate Professor Petra Staiger and Dr Richard Moulding. ERIC’s implementation model has been evaluated in partnership with the following researchers: Professor Amanda Baker (University of Newcastle), Dr Alison Beck (University of Newcastle), Dr Natasha Perry (Hunter New England Health Service), and Dr Karen Hallam (YSAS).

The authors recognise the contribution of Elise Sloan, Bonita Berridge, Lucinda Leggett and the ERIC project team. We extend our gratitude to Andrew Bruun, Dominic Ennis, Damian Philp, Alan James and the staff at Birribi Residential Rehabilitation, Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), Victoria. Thank you to Genevieve Sinclair, Melanie Spencer and the staff at Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI), Cairns, QLD.

Thank you for the valued contribution of our pilot sites in regional Victoria (YSAS, Grampians Community Health, Ballarat Community Health, Nexus Primary Health and Gateway Health) and NSW (Hunter New England Health Service). The authors would like to acknowledge the philanthropic support of Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in the regional Victorian piloting of ERIC.

Hall, K., & Simpson, A. (2018). ERIC manual version II: helping young people regulate their emotions and control impulsive behaviours. Melbourne: Deakin University.

Hall, K., Simpson, A., & Sloan, E. (2017). Next generation youth AOD project: ERIC pilot study evaluation report. Melbourne: Deakin University.

Hall, K., Youssef, G., Simpson, A., Sloan, E., Graeme, L., Perry, N., Moulding, R., Baker, A. L., Beck, A. K., & Staiger, P. K. (2021). An emotion regulation and impulse control (ERIC) intervention for vulnerable young people: A multi-sectoral pilot study. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.554100

Simpson, A. & Hall, K. (2018). ERIC: An emotion regulation and impulse control intervention in Goulburn Valley. Melbourne: Deakin University.

Simpson, A. & Hall, K. (2018). Queensland youth justice pilot evaluation of ERIC: An intervention helping young people regulate their emotions and control impulsive behaviours. Melbourne: Deakin University.

Sloan, E., Hall, K., Moulding, R., Bryce, S. Mildred, H., & Staiger, K. (2017). Emotion regulation as a transdiagnostic construct across anxiety, depression, substance, eating and borderline personality disorders. A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 57, 141-163. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2017.09.002

Sloan, E., Hall, K., Simpson, A., Youssef, G. J., Moulding, R., Mildred, H., & Staiger, P. K. (2018). An emotion regulation treatment for young people with complex substance use and mental health issues: A case-series analysis. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 25, 427-441. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2017.12.006

Dana Borg, DPsych (Clin) Candidate

Dana is investigating the role of rumination, a maladaptive emotion regulation strategy, in behavioural dysregulation in treatment-seeking young people.

Jessica Laird, DPsych (Clin) Candidate

Jessica is investigating vulnerability factors related to risk of childhood sexual exploitation, including the role of emotion regulation.

Liam Graeme, PhD Candidate

Liam is investigating the role of identity in mental health and social and emotional development outcomes in athletes across different levels of sporting participation (community to professional).

Natalie James, DPsych (Clin) Candidate

Natalie is investigating the roles of emotion regulation and distress tolerance in borderline personality disorder.

Sophie Mattingley, DPsych (Clin) Candidate

Sophie is investigating the unique and combined roles of distress tolerance and negative urgency (i.e., emotional impulsivity) across substance use, eating, and borderline personality disorders.