Dixie Statham

Phone: (03) 53279623
Email: d.statham@federation.edu.au
Position: Discipline Leader
Discipline: Psychology


Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), The University of Queensland

Master of Clinical Psychology, The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours in Psychology, The University of Queensland.

Teaching Areas

  • Clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders
  • Evidence based cognitive therapies
  • Psychometric assessment

Psychology Board of Australia

General Registration, with Clinical Endorsement (PSY0001369094)

Board Approved Supervisor

Professional Associations

Fellow       College of Clinical Psychologists (CCLP)

Member     Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Member     Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)

Member     American Psychological Association (APA; International Affiliate)

Research Interests

Psychiatric disorders/psychopathology

Substance use disorders


Publications (last 5 years)

Campos, A. I., Verweij, K. J. H., STATHAM, D. J., Madden, P. A. F., Maciejewski, D. F., Davis, K. A. S., John, A., Hotoph, M., Heath, A. C., Martin, N. G., & Renteria, M. E. (2020). Genetic aetiology of self-harm ideation and behaviour. Nature, Scientific Reports, 10, 9713 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-66737-9.

Byrne, E. M., Kirk, K. M., Medland, S. E., McGrath, J. J., Colodro-Conde, L., Parker, R., Cross, S., Sullivan, L., STATHAM, D. J., Levinson, D. F., Licinio, J., Wray, N. R., Hickie, I. B., Martin, N. G. (2020). Cohort profile: The Australian genetics of depression study. British Medical Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032580

Dash, G. F., David, C. N., Martin, N. G., STATHAM, D. J., Lynskey, M. T., & Slutske, W. S. (2020). High-intensity drinking in adult Australian twins. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 44, (2), 522-531.


Chang, L., Whitfield, J. B., Liu, M., Medland, S. E., Hickie, I. B., Martin, N. G., Verhulst, B., Heath, A. C., Madden, P. A., STATHAM, D. J., Gillespie, N. A., GSCAN Consortium (2019). Associations between polygenic risk for tobacco and alcohol use and liability to tobacco and alcohol use, and psychiatric disorders in an independent sample of 13,999 Australian adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 205, 1-9.

Slutske, W. S., Piasecki, T. M., Deutsch, A. R., STATHAM, D. J., & Martin, N.G. (2019). Potential causal influence of neighbourhood disadvantage on disordered gambling: Evidence from a multilevel discordant twin design. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(3), 582-596. doi: 10.1177/2167702618812700

Dash, G. F., Slutske, W. S., Martin, N. G., STATHAM, D. J., Agrawal, A., & Lynskey, M. T. (2019). Big five personality traits and alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and gambling disorder comorbidity. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 33(4), 420-429, doi: 10.1037/adb0000468.

Richmond-Rakerd, L. S., Trull, T. J., Gizer, I. R., McLaughlin, K. D., Scheiderer, E. M., Nelson, E., Agrawal, A., Lynskey, M. T., Madden, P. A. F., Heath, A. C., STATHAM, D. J., & Martin, N. G. (2019). Common genetic contributions to high-risk trauma exposure and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Psychological Medicine. 49(3)421-430. doi: 10.1017/S0033291718001034


Ellingson, J. M., Slutske, W. S., Verges, A., Littlefield, A. K., STATHAM, D. J., & Martin, N. G. (2018). A multi-behavior genetic investigation of dual-systems models of alcohol involvement. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(4), 617-626.

Hines, L. A., Morley, K. I., Rijsdijk, F., Strang, J., Agrawal, A., Nelson, E. C., STATHAM, D., Martin, N. G., & Lynskey, M. T. (2018). Overlap of heritable influences between cannabis use disorder, frequency of use and opportunity to use cannabis: trivariate twin modelling and implications for genetic design. Psychological Medicine, 13, 1-8. doi: 10.1017/S0033291718000478.


Schermer, J. A., Martin, R. A., Vernon, P. A., Martin, N. G., Conde L. C., STATHAM, D., & Lynskey, M. T. (2017). Lonely people tend to make fun of themselves: A behaviour genetic analysis of humor styles and loneliness. Personality and Individual Differences, 117, 71-73. DOI:10.1016/j.paid.2017.05.042

Maciejewski, D. F., Renteria, M. E., Abdellaoui, A., Medland, S. E., Few, L. R., Gordon, S. D. Madden, P. A. F., Montgomery, G., Trull, T. J., Heath, A. C., STATHAM, D. J., Martin, N. G., Zietsch, B. P., & Verweij, K. J. H. (2017). The association of genetic predisposition to depressive symptoms with non-suicidal and suicidal self-injuries. Behavior Genetics, 47. 3-10.

Nelson, E. C., Bucholz, K. K., Tilllman, R., Crucza, R. A., STATHAM, D. J., Madden, P. A. F., Martin, N. G., Heath, A. C., & Lynskey, M. T. (2017). Major depressive disorder, suicidal thoughts and behaviours, and cannabis involvement in discordant twins: a retrospective cohort study. Lancet Psychiatry, 4, 706-714.

Coates, J. M., Gullo, M. J., Feeney, G. F. X., Kavanagh, D. J., Young R. McD., Dingle, G. A., May, J., Andreade, J., STATHAM, D. J., & Connor, J. P. (2017). The Mini Alcohol Craving Experience Questionnaire: Development and clinical application. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 41(1),156-164.

Wakeford, G., Kannis-Dymand, L., STATHAM, D. J. (2017). Anger rumination, binge eating, and at-risk alcohol use in a University sample. Australian Journal of Psychology, DOI: 10.1111/ajpy.12187

Smolkina, M., Morley, K. I., Rijskijk, F., Agrawal, A., Bergin, J. E., Nelson, E. C. STATHAM, D, Martin, N. G., & Lynskey, M. T. (2017). Cannabis and Depression: A twin model approach to co-morbidity. Behavior Genetics. 47(4), 394-404.

Agrawal, A., Nelson, E.C., Bucholz, K.K., Tillman, R., Grucza, R.A., STATHAM, D.J., Madden, P.A., Martin, N.G., Heath, A.C., & Lynskey, M.T. (2017). Major depressive disorder, suicidal thoughts and behaviours, and cannabis involvement in discordant twins: A retrospective cohort study. Lancet Psychiatry, 4(9), 706-714. DOI: 10.1016/S2215-0366(17)30280-8.

Mann, F. D., Engelhardt, L., Briley, A. D., Grotzinger, A. D., Patterson, M. W., Tackett, J. L., STATHAM, D. J., Heath, A., Lynskey, M., Slutske, W., Martin, N. G., Tucker-Drob, E. M., & Harden, K. P. (2017). Sensation seeking and impulsive traits as personality endophenotypes for antisocial behaviour: Evidence from two independent samples. Personality and Individual Differences, 105, 30-39, DOI:10.1016/j.paid.2016.09.018

Katsikitis, M., Lane, B.R., Ozols, I., STATHAM, D. (2017). Consumer and carer perspectives in the development of a mental health research, treatment and teaching facility: A thematic analysis. Journal of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. 24(7), 534-544. DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12394.


Kristjansson, S., McCutcheon, V.V., Agrawal, A., Lynskey, M.T., Conroy, E., STATHAM, D.J., Madden, P.A., Henders, A.K., Todorov, A.A., Bucholz, K.K., Degenhardt, L., Martin, N.G., Heath, A.C., & Nelson, E.C. (2016). The variance shared across forms of childhood trauma is strongly associated with liability for psychiatric and substance use disorders. Brain Behaviour. DOI:10.1002/brb3.432.

Hines, L. A., Morley, K.I., Strang, J., Agrawal, A., Nelson, E.C., STATHAM, D, Martin, N.G., & Lynskey, M.T. (2016). Onset of opportunity to use cannabis and progression from opportunity to dependence: Are influences consistent across transitions? Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 160, 57-64.

Richmond-Rakerd, L.S., Slutske, W.S., Lynskey, M.T., Agrawal, A., Madden, P.A.F., Bucholz, K.K., Heath, A.C., Statham, D.J., & Martin, N.G. (2016). Age at first use and later substance use disorder: Shared genetic and environmental pathways for nicotine, alcohol, and cannabis. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125(7), 946-959.

Ellingson, J. M., Richmond-Rakerd, L. S., STATHAM, D. J., Martin, N. G., & Slutske, W.S. (2016). Most of the genetic covariation between major depressive and alcohol use disorders is explained by trait measures of negative emotionality and behavioral control. Psychological Medicine, 46(14), 2919-2930.

Werner, K. B., McCutcheon, V. V., Challa, M., Agrawal, A., Lynskey, M. T., Conroy, E., STATHAM, D. J., Madden, P. A., Henders, A. K., Todorov, A. A., Heath, A. C., Degenhardt, L., Martin, N. G., Bucholz, K. K., & Nelson, E. C. (2016). The association between childhood maltreatment, psychopathology, and adult sexual victimization in men and women: results from three independent samples. Psychological Medicine, 46(3), 563-73. DOI: 10.1017/S0033291715002056.