Dr Katinka van de Ven is a Visiting Fellow as part of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) and a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Rural Criminology, University of New England. She conducts research in relation to alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services systems, amongst others around funding mechanisms, workforce characteristics and client outcomes, such as the Horizons project. Katinka also specialises in the use and supply of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs), which includes projects surrounding the prevention of PIED use, harm reduction policies and improving healthcare services for users. She also conducts research concerned with translating empirical evidence regarding the use and supply of PIEDs into useful information for healthcare professionals, decision makers, and other stakeholders.
Katinka is a Honorary Research Fellow at the Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University. She is a Editor-in-Chief of Performance Enhancement & Health and the Director of the Human Enhancement Drug Network (HEDN). The aim of HEDN is to provide evidence-based information, to share knowledge and experience, to provide harm reduction and human enhancement drug (HED) education, and to collaborate in this growing field of HEDs.
Broad research areas:
Alcohol and other drug use, treatment service systems, drugs and the internet, drug policy, harm reduction, performance and image enhancing drugs, anti-doping, health, nutrition and sports.