Richard Mellor

Postdoctoral Fellow

Richard joined the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) in 2016. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the Drug Policy Modelling Program. Richard's PhD project will examine the untreated remission of alcohol problems. This will involve understanding the way in which those with alcohol problems engage in ‘spontaneous remission’ or ‘natural recovery’ outside of the treatment setting. A mixed methods approach will be adopted, as this will enable a broad understanding of a relatively under-studied phenomenon. 

Richard's thesis will ask the following questions: 

  1. To what extent does untreated remission exist, and how does this influence estimates of unmet need for treatment?
  2. What are the characteristics of those who engage in the process of untreated remission?
  3. How do those in remission without formal treatment differ to those in remission with formal treatment?
  4. How do we understand the experience of untreated remission, the mechanisms of change, and the role of identity and narrative in the process of untreated remission?

Prior to joining NDARC, Richard received First Class in the Bacholer of Psychological Science (Honours) form the Australian College of Applied Psychology in 2015. Richard's thesis critically examined the way in which Gambling Disorder is conceived of through the Brain Disease Model of Addiction.    


Journal articles
Mellor R; Lancaster K; Ritter A, 2021, 'Examining untreated and treated alcohol problem resolution in an Australian online survey sample', Drug and Alcohol Review,
Mellor R; Lancaster K; Ritter A, 2020, 'Recovery from alcohol problems in the absence of treatment: a qualitative narrative analysis', Addiction,
Mellor R; Ritter A, 2020, 'Redressing responses to the treatment gap for people with alcohol problems: The overlooked role of untreated remission from alcohol problems', Sucht, vol. 66, pp. 21 - 30,
Mellor R; Lancaster K; Ritter A, 2019, 'Systematic review of untreated remission from alcohol problems: Estimation lies in the eye of the beholder', Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, vol. 102, pp. 60 - 72,
Ritter A; Mellor R; Chalmers J; Sunderland M; Lancaster K, 2019, 'Key Considerations in Planning for Substance Use Treatment: Estimating Treatment Need and Demand', Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, pp. 22 - 30,
Ritter A; Wilkinson C; Vuong T; Kowalski M; Barrett L; Mellor R; Sommerville K, 2020, Distilling our changing relationship with alcohol during COVID-19, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, DPMP Monograph No. 29,