Roger Nicholas is currently employed as Senior Researcher at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA).
Roger was previously employed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund as its Senior Researcher, a role he has held for almost three years. This role involves providing strategic advice to the NDLERF Board of Management and the provision of in-house research services to the Board. He has authored numerous publications in this role. Most recently he undertook a large environmental scan on the behalf of the Board, which documented the range of alcohol and other drug problems impacting on policing at present and into the future. Prominent among these was emerging problems with pharmaceutical drug misuse.
Prior to this, for almost ten years, he was the Senior Alcohol and other Drug Research and Policy Officer at the Australasian Centre for Policing Research. In this role, he was responsible for the administration of the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Drugs Committee of the Conference of Commissioners of Police of Australasia and the South West Pacific Region. The latter role involved the development of many discussion papers on a range of alcohol and other drug issues impacting on policing. One such paper concerned the impacts on policing of the diversion of pharmaceutical drugs.
Mr Nicholas has had previous careers in alcohol and other drug treatment provision; in education and in policy development for six years at the South Australian Drug and Alcohol Services Council (now DASSA).