Dr Bianca Calabria

BPsych(Hons), PhD
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer


Dr Bianca Calabria is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the ANU and a conjoint lecturer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Australia. She also collaborates with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. Dr Calabria was recognised during her PhD candidature as having potential be become a career scientist by being named on the UNSW Medicine Dean’s List in 2012. In 2014 she was awarded the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre’s Jennifer McLaren Award for Outstanding Research Achievement and in 2018 she was a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) when it received a commendation for the ANU Clare Burton Award for Excellence in Equity. Dr Calabria has served as a member on internal and external panels/committees including grant review panels and ACT Health Human Research Ethics Committee. Dr Calabria has experience integrating epidemiological and community-based intervention evaluation research to improve health and wellbeing outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other underserved populations. Her research is conducted in partnership with community members and services. Bianca's research has been concentrated in the areas of drug and alcohol, wellbeing, psychosis, family and community safety and cardiovascular disease. In addition to research, Dr Calabria is currently completing a Master of Clinical Psychology at ANU with anticipated completion mid-2019 when she will work clinically as a psychologist while also continuing her program of research.


Research interests

  • Intervention evaluation
  • Indigenous health
  • Epidemiology
  • Drug and alcohol
  • Chronic disease
  • Health Services



1. Calabria B, Shakeshaft A, Clifford A, Stone C, Clare P, Allan J, et al. "Evaluation of a drug and alcohol intervention accessible for Aboriginal Australians: the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA)". Drug and Alcohol Review. under review.

2. Snijder M, Shakeshaft A, Wagemaker A, Stephens A, Calabria B. "A systematic review of studies evaluating Australian indigenous community development projects: the extent of community participation, their methodological quality and their outcomes." BMC Public Health

3. Calabria B, Clifford A, Shakeshaft A, Conigrave K, Simpson L, Bliss D, et al. "Identifying Aboriginal-specific AUDIT-C and AUDIT-3 cutoff scores for at-risk, high risk and likely dependent drinkers using measures of agreement with the 10-item Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test." Addiction Sciences & Clinical Practice. 2014;(1):17

4. Calabria B, Clifford A, Rose M, Shakeshaft A. "Tailoring a family-based alcohol intervention for Aboriginal Australians, and the experiences and perceptions of health care providers trained in its delivery." BMC Public Health. 2014;14:322

5. Calabria B, Clifford A, Shakeshaft A, Allan J, Bliss D, Doran C. "The acceptability to Aboriginal Australians of a family-based intervention to reduce alcohol-related harms." Drug and Alcohol Review. 2013;32(3):328-32

6. Vos T, Flaxman AD, Naghavi M, Lozano R, Michaud C, Ezzati M, et al. "Years lived with disability (YLDs) for 1160 sequelae of 289 diseases and injuries 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010." Lancet. 2012;380(9859):2163-96.

7. Salomon JA, Vos T, Hogan DR, Gagnon M, Naghavi M, Mokdad A, et al. "Common values in assessing health outcomes from disease and injury: disability weights measurement study for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010." Lancet. 2012;380(9859):2129-43.

8. Lim SS, Vos T, Flaxman AD, Danaei G, Shibuya K, Adiar-Rohani H, et al. "A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet. 2012;380(9859):2224-60.

9. Calabria B, Shakeshaft AP, Havard A. "A systematic and methodological review of interventions for young people experiencing alcohol-related harm." Addiction. 2011;106(8):1406-18.