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Professor and Director, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Simon Lenton is Director of the National Drug Research Institute, where he has worked since 1993. In addition, he works part time as a clinical psychologist in private practice. Simon previously worked for the WA Alcohol and Drug Authority for 7 years, as clinical psychologist and manager. His research interests include bridging the gap between drug policy research and drug policy practice, illicit drug use and harm reduction, impact of legislative options for drugs, availability of take-home naloxone, and drink and drug driving. His current research program includes evaluations of take-home naloxone programs in Australia, an international collaborative web survey of small-time cannabis cultivators, a study of social supply of cannabis, and a study of users of the online drug marketplace - Silk Road. He has published widely on drugs, health and the law and provided advice to a range of government and private organisations, both in Australia and internationally, on evidence based drug policy and other drug issues. His publications have appeared in journals such as Addiction,The International Journal of Drug Policy, Drug and Alcohol Review, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, The Journal of Drug Issues, Medical Journal of Australia, and Behaviour Research and Therapy. He was a deputy editor of Drug and Alcohol Review from 1997 to 2013 and edited the 'Harm Reduction Digest' that appeared in that journal.


  • –present
    Deputy Director and Project Leader, NDRI