Ryan Courtney

Senior Lecturer

Dr Courtney is currently a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Health Behavior science at the University of New South Wales’s (UNSW), National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC). His prior appointment was an Australian Rotary Health PhD Scholar (2008-2012) at the Priority Research Centre Health Behaviour, University of Newcastle. Recently he was promoted (effective January, 2015) to Research Fellow and Lecturer at the UNSW and commenced a highly prestigious Cancer Institute New South Wales (CINSW) Early Career Research Fellowship (effective July, 2015).

 

Dr Courtney has authored or co-authored 17 scientific peer reviewed journal articles (10 as first author) in the medical, public health and health behaviour literature. His published work includes research on smoking cessation, in particular tobacco smoking in low socio-economic status (SES) and disadvantaged populations. His research has a strong focus on the relationships between social disparities, including socio-economic inequalities and health behaviours and outcomes. 

 

Dr Courtney has attracted over $6 million in competitive research funding, in which $4.8 million is from Category 1 funding agencies i.e. the most competitive health and medical research grants in Australia. Dr Courtney is currently Project Coordinator on a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC/ $2 million) funded randomised controlled trial (RCT). This study aims to test the efficacy of financial education and support at improving prolonged abstinence rates among socio-economically disadvantaged smokers. He is Chief Investigator B (CIB) and was responsible for the conceptualisation and design of a world-first head-to-head trial between cytisine and varenicline for smoking cessation that recently received funding from the NHMRC (APP1108318/$1.9mill/4years). He is also CI on an NHMRC-funded project (APP1106451/$1.6mill/5years) examining the impacts of vaporized nicotine products on youth smoking. In addition, Dr Courtney is CI on other research projects including: NIHR/NHMRC (APP1095880/$913k/4years) collaborative grant funding to test the efficacy of electronic cigarettes for relapse prevention; and CINSW-funded (14/ECF/1-46/$559k/3years) RCT on the cost-effectiveness of technology-based interventions to increase treatment adherence and smoking cesssation; and Department of Health-funded (H1516G012/$771k/2years) RCT of a smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity (SNAP) to prevent  smoking relapse for Indigenous Australian prisoners.

 

Dr Courtney received the Dean’s Rising Star Award in 2013, in recognition of his achievements as an early career researcher, from the Dean of Medicine at the UNSW. Dr Courtney was the inaugural recipient of the UNSW, NDARC Margaret Hamilton Award for Research Excellence (December, 2015). This award is open to all Level A (Associate Lecturer) and Level B (Lecturer) researchers and the Award is determined by research support scheme points (measured via research outputs including papers and grants). Recently he received the 2016 Global Forum on Nicotine Young Investigator Award in recognition of notable achievement in the field of nicotine science and/or policy.      

publications

Conference Abstracts
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Snowdon N; Allan J; Shakeshaft A; Rickwood D; Stockings E; Boland V; Courtney RJ, 2019, 'OUTPATIENT PSYCHOSOCIAL SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: AN OVERVIEW OF REVIEWS', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, Vol. 38, pp. S94 - S95, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000494890100238&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2019
Farnbach S; Foley C; Sara G; Shakeshaft A; Lappin J; Allan J; Courtney RJ; Farrell M; Dobbins T, 2019, 'WHO IS ACCESSING BOTH MENTAL HEALTH AND DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES? MAPPING THE OVERLAP TO IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVING SPECIALISED CARE', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, Vol. 38, pp. S45 - S45, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000494890100115&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2019
Journal articles
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Vallesi S; Flatau P; Thielking M; Mackelprang JL; Taylor KM; La Sala L; Spiers J; Wood L; Martin K; Kragt D; Lester L; Whittaker E; Courtney RJ, 2019, 'A mixed methods randomised control trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the journey to social inclusion - Phase 2 intervention for chronically homeless adults: Study protocol', BMC Public Health, vol. 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6644-1
2019
Boland VC; Mattick RP; Siahpush M; Barker D; Doran CM; Martire KA; Bonevski B; McRobbie H; Borland R; Farrell M; West R; Courtney RJ, 2019, 'Factors associated with Quitline and pharmacotherapy utilisation among low-socioeconomic status smokers', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 89, pp. 113 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.09.029
2019
Tutka P; Vinnikov D; Courtney RJ; Benowitz NL, 2019, 'Cytisine for nicotine addiction treatment: a review of pharmacology, therapeutics and an update of clinical trial evidence for smoking cessation', Addiction, vol. 114, pp. 1951 - 1969, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.14721
2019
Bartusik-Aebisher D; Aebisher D; Courtney RJ; Sobczak A; Bober Z; Podgórski R; Kołodziejczyk P; Tutka P, 2019, 'Applications of cytisine extraction and detection in biological materials for clinical medicine', Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica - Drug Research, vol. 76, pp. 797 - 804, http://dx.doi.org/10.32383/appdr/109895
2019
Snowdon N; Allan J; Shakeshaft A; Rickwood D; Stockings E; Boland VC; Courtney RJ, 2019, 'Outpatient psychosocial substance use treatments for young people: An overview of reviews', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 205, pp. S94 - S95, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107582
2019
Boland VC; Stockings EA; Mattick RP; McRobbie H; Brown J; Courtney RJ, 2018, 'The Methodological Quality and Effectiveness of Technology-Based Smoking Cessation Interventions for Disadvantaged Groups: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 20, pp. 276 - 285, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntw391
2018
Jin X; Kinner SA; Hopkins R; Stockings E; Courtney RJ; Shakeshaft A; Petrie D; Dobbins T; Dolan K, 2018, 'Brief intervention on Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical (SNAP) inactivity for smoking relapse prevention after release from smoke-free prisons: A study protocol for a multicentre, investigator-blinded, randomised controlled trial', BMJ Open, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021326
2018
Thomas T; Farrell M; McRobbie H; Tutka P; Petrie D; West R; Siahpush M; Gartner C; Walker N; Mendelsohn C; Hall W; Paul C; Zwar N; Ferguson S; Veronica B; Richmond R; Doran C; Shakeshaft A; Mattick R; Courtney R, 2018, 'The effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of cytisine versus varenicline for smoking cessation in an Australian population: a study protocol for a randomized controlled non-inferiority trial', Addiction, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.14541
2018
Courtney RJ; Clare P; Boland V; Martire KA; Bonevski B; Hall W; Siahpush M; Borland R; Doran CM; West R; Farrell M; Mattick RP, 2017, 'Predictors of retention in a randomised trial of smoking cessation in low-socioeconomic status Australian smokers', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 64, pp. 13 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.07.019
2017
Boland VC; Mattick RP; McRobbie H; Siahpush M; Courtney RJ, 2017, '"I'm not strong enough; I'm not good enough. i can't do this, I'm failing"- A qualitative study of low-socioeconomic status smokers' experiences with accesssing cessation support and the role for alternative technology-based support', International Journal for Equity in Health, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-017-0689-5
2017
James D; Shakeshaft A; Munro A; Courtney RJ, 2017, 'The need to move from describing to evaluating the effectiveness of indigenous drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation services: A systematic review', Current Drug Abuse Reviews, vol. 10, pp. 52 - 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1874473711666180404123904
2017
Martire KA; clare P; courtney R; bonevski B; boland V; borland R; Doran C; Farrell M; hall W; Iredale J; siahpush M; mattick R, 2017, 'Smoking and Finances: Baseline Characteristics of Low Income Daily Smokers in the FISCALS Cohort', International Journal for Equity in Health, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-017-0643-6
2017
Dolan K; Wirtz AL; Moazen B; Ndeffo-mbah M; Galvani A; Kinner SA; Courtney R; McKee M; Amon JJ; Maher L; Hellard M; Beyrer C; Altice FL, 2016, 'Global burden of HIV, viral hepatitis, and tuberculosis in prisoners and detainees', The Lancet, vol. 388, pp. 1089 - 1102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)30466-4
2016
Walker N; Bullen C; Barnes J; McRobbie H; Tutka P; Raw M; Etter JF; Siddiqi K; Courtney RJ; Castaldelli-Maia JM; Selby P; Sheridan J; Rigotti NA, 2016, 'Getting cytisine licensed for use world-wide: a call to action', Addiction, vol. 111, pp. 1895 - 1898, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.13464
2016
Iredale JM; Clare PJ; Courtney RJ; Martire KA; Bonevski B; Borland R; Siahpush M; Mattick RP, 2016, 'Associations between behavioural risk factors and smoking, heavy smoking and future smoking among an Australian population-based sample', Preventive Medicine, vol. 83, pp. 70 - 76, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.11.020
2016
Tzelepis F; Paul CL; Wiggers J; Kypri K; Bonevski B; McElduff P; Hill MA; Morgan PJ; Lynagh M; Collins CE; Campbell E; Courtney RJ; Chapman K; Wolfenden L; Guillaumier A; Searles A, 2015, 'Targeting multiple health risk behaviours among vocational education students using electronic feedback and online and telephone support: Protocol for a cluster randomised trial Health behavior, health promotion and society', BMC Public Health, vol. 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-1898-8
2015
courtney R; naicker S; Shakeshaft A; clare P; Martire KA; mattick R, 2015, 'Smoking Cessation among Low-Socioeconomic Status and Disadvantaged Population Groups: A Systematic Review of Research Output', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 12, pp. 6403 - 6422, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph120606403
2015
Courtney R, 2015, 'The Health Consequences of Smoking-50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, vol. 34, pp. 694 - 695, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12309
2015
Courtney RJ; Bradford D; Martire KA; Bonevski B; Borland R; Doran C; Hall W; Farrell M; Siahpush M; Sanson-Fisher R; West R; Mattick RP, 2014, 'A randomized clinical trial of a financial education intervention with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for low socio-economic status Australian smokers: a study protocol', Addiction (Abingdon, England), vol. 109, pp. 1602 - 1611, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.12669
2014
Courtney RJ; Bradford D; Martire KA; Bonevski B; Borland R; Doran C; Hall W; Farrell M; Siahpush M; Sanson-Fisher R; West R; Mattick RP, 2014, 'A randomized clinical trial of a financial education intervention with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for low socio-economic status Australian smokers: a study protocol', Addiction (Abingdon, England), vol. 109, pp. 1602 - 1611, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.12669
2014
Clare P; Slade T; Courtney RJ; Martire KA; Mattick RP, 2014, 'Use of smoking cessation and quit support services by socioeconomic status over 10 years of the national drug strategy household survey', Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, vol. 16, pp. 1647 - 1655, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntu119
2014
Paul C; Courtney R; Sanson-Fisher R; Carey M; Hill D; Simmons J; Rose S, 2014, 'A randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of a pre-recruitment primer letter to increase participation in a study of colorectal screening and surveillance', BMC Medical Research Methodology, vol. 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2288-14-44
2014
Clare ; bradford ; Courtney RJ; Martire KA; Mattick RP, 2014, 'The relationship between socioeconomic status and ‘hardcore’ smoking over time – greater accumulation of hardened smokers in low-SES than high-SES smokers', Tobacco Control, vol. 23, pp. e89 - e97, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2013-051436
2014
Clare P; Slade T; Courtney RJ; Martire K; Mattick RP, 2014, 'The difference between rigor and specificity in examining methodologies for analyzing survey data: response to commentary', Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, vol. 16, pp. 1539 - 1540, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntu189
2014
Courtney R; Paul CL; Sanson-Fisher R; Macrae FA; Carey ML; Attia J; McEvoy M, 2013, 'Individual- and provider-level factors associated with colorectal cancer screening in accordance with guideline recommendation: a community-level perspective across varying levels of risk', BMC Public Health, vol. 13, pp. 248, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-248
2013
Courtney RJ; Paul CL; Carey ML; Sanson-Fisher RW; Macrae FA; D'Este C; Hill D; Barker D; Simmons J, 2013, 'A population-based cross-sectional study of colorectal cancer screening practices of first-degree relatives of colorectal cancer patients', BMC Cancer, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2407-13-13
2013
Courtney R; Paul CL; Sanson-Fisher R; Macrae F; Attia J; McEvoy M, 2012, 'Current state of medical-advice-seeking behaviour for symptoms of colorectal cancer: determinants of failure and delay in medical consultation', Colorectal Disease, vol. 14, pp. e222 - e229, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1463-1318.2012.02881.x
2012
Courtney R; Paul C; Sanson-Fisher R; Carey M; Macrae FA; Yoong SL, 2012, 'Community approaches to increasing colorectal screening uptake: A review of the methodological quality and strength of evidence', Cancer Forum, vol. 36, http://www.cancerforum.org.au/Issues/2012/March/Forum/Community_approach_colorectal_screening.htm
2012
Courtney R; Paul C; Sanson-Fisher R; Macrae FA; Carey M; Attia J; McEvoy M, 2012, 'Colorectal cancer screening in Australia: a community-level perspective', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 196, pp. 516 - 520, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja11.10661
2012
Courtney R; Paul C; Sanson-Fisher R; Macrae FA; Carey M; Attia J; McEvoy M, 2012, 'Colorectal cancer risk assessment and screening recommendation: a community survey of healthcare providers' practice from a patient perspective', BMC Family Practice, vol. 13, pp. 1 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-13-17
2012
Paul C; Carey M; Anderson A; Mackenzie L; Sanson-Fisher R; Courtney R; Clinton-McHarg T, 2012, 'Cancer patients' concerns regarding access to cancer care: perceived impact of waiting times along the diagnosis and treatment journey', European Journal of Cancer Care, vol. 21, pp. 321 - 329, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2354.2011.01311.x
2012
Courtney RJ; Paul CL; Sanson-Fisher RW; Macrae FA; Attia J; McEvoy M, 2012, 'Factors associated with consultation behaviour for primary symptoms potentially indicating colorectal cancer: A cross-sectional study on response to symptoms', BMC Gastroenterology, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-230X-12-100
2012
Conference Papers
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Gartner C; Boyd M; Bonevski B; Gilks C; Borland R; Courtney R; Cobiac L; McRobbie H; Baker P; Mueller J, 2018, 'CESSATION AND RELAPSE PREVENTION TRIAL: VAPORISED NICOTINE PRODUCTS FOR PEOPLE ON OPIATE SUBSTITUTION THERAPY, OR WHO ARE LIVING WITH HEPATITIS C OR HIV', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, pp. S6 - S6, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000449495000013&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2018
Conference Presentations
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Courtney R; Paul C; Sanson-Fisher R; Macrae FA; Carey M; Attia J; McEvoy M, 2011, 'Colorectal cancer screening in Australia: A community-level perspective on screening in accordance with guideline-recommendation', presented at Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) 38th Annual Scientific Meeting, Perth, Western Australia, 15 November 2011 - 17 November 2011
2011
Reports
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Sanson-Fisher R; Paul C; Courtney R; Stewart J, 2008, Strategies for Improving the Health of Aboriginal Populations: A Critical Review, Sax Institute, Sydney, NSW
2008