Journal of Addictive Behaviors,Therapy & RehabilitationISSN: 2324-9005

Amy Pennay

Amy Pennay, PhD
Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR)
University of Melbourne, Australia

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Dr. Amy Pennay is a Research Fellow at CAPR and the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Amy has a BA in Criminology and a PhD in Health Sciences. Dr. Amy PhD explored the social, cultural and economic contexts of alcohol and ‘party drug’ use among young people patronising the night-time economy. Amy has worked in alcohol and drug research for 10 years across a diverse range of methodologies including clinical trials, qualitative research and survey research. She has a keen interest in research methodology, with her PhD utilising an ethnographic, naturalistic study design. Her recent work at CAPR has included a study of the diffusion and effects of “liquor bans” – prohibitions on drinking on the street or in parks, and of the use and effects of alcohol combined with stimulants (including energy drinks) among young adults.

Research Interest

Dr. Amy Pennay’s research interests include: Drinking cultures, Social, cultural and economic contexts of alcohol and drug use, Public perceptions and understandings of drug use; stigma, Alcohol and drug policy, Research methodology.


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