Researcher

Dr Megan Weier

Biography

Doctor Megan Weier is a work-in-progress, having personally and politically shifted away from conservative Christian and political ideologies while completing her PhD in critical developmental psychology at the University of Queensland. Her relationships and communities now reflect the influences of progressive faith and politics, anti-racism, feminism, and poststructural thought. Her focus is now to grapple with fundamental human rights for...view more

Doctor Megan Weier is a work-in-progress, having personally and politically shifted away from conservative Christian and political ideologies while completing her PhD in critical developmental psychology at the University of Queensland. Her relationships and communities now reflect the influences of progressive faith and politics, anti-racism, feminism, and poststructural thought. Her focus is now to grapple with fundamental human rights for justice which fuels a conviction to speak out on existing inequalities that exist within Australia.

Megan’s personal experiences with mental health challenges, chronic disease and pain, as well as professional engagement with policy making and research on drug and alcohol policy debates have led to complex beliefs about the effects of public policy on personal health and wellbeing. Her research aims to highlight and explore how systemic and institutional forces impact individual outcomes, and to use these findings to advocate for better, more equitable decision making. Her work as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact critically engages with ideas around measuring social progress, wellbeing, and program evaluation. Her workplace values prioritise the support, acknowledgement and development of her colleagues. Her research currently includes working with the disability sector, government departments, and community organisations.


My Qualifications

BPsycSci (Hon 1) 2011

Doctor of Philosophy 2016


My Research Activities

Reports:

4. Weier, M., Dolan, K., Powell, A., Muir, K., & Young, A. (2019). Money stories: Financial resilience among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Report produced by the Centre for Social Impact for National Australia Bank. [online

3. Carey, G., Weier, M., Dickinson, H., Malbon, E., Alexander. D., & Duff, G. (2019). How is the disability sector faring? Report produced by the Centre for Social Impact for National Disability Services. [online]

2. Weier, M., Marjolin, A., Powell, A., & Muir, K. (2018). Financial security and the influence of economic resources. Report produced by the Centre for Social Impact for National Australia Bank.

1. Powell, A., Salignac, F., Meltzer, A., Muir, K., & Weier, M. (2018). Background report on young people's economic engagement. Report produced by the Centre for Social Impact for Macquarie Bank. 

 

Peer-reviewed publications:

27. Weier, M., & Farrugia, A. (2019). ‘Potential issues of morbidity, toxicity and dependence’: Problematizing the up-scheduling of over-the-counter codeine in Australia. International Journal of Drug Policy.

26. Carey, G., Malbon, E. R., Weier, M., Dickinson, H., & Duff, G. (2019). Making markets work for disability services: The question of price setting. Health & Social Care in the Community.

25. Morphett, K., Weier, M., Borland, R., Yong, H. H., & Gartner, C. (2019). Barriers and facilitators to switching from smoking to vaping: Advice from vapers. Drug and Alcohol Review.

24. Stockings, E., Campbell, G., Hall, W. D., Nielsen, S., Zagic, D., Rahman, R., ... Weier, M., & Degenhardt, L. (2018). Cannabis and cannabinoids for the treatment of people with chronic noncancer pain conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled and observational studies. Pain.

23. Stockings, E., Zagic, D., Campbell, G., Weier, M., Hall, W. D., Nielsen, S., ... & Degenhardt, L. (2018). Evidence for cannabis and cannabinoids for epilepsy: a systematic review of controlled and observational evidence. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry.

22. Mücke, M., Weier, M., Carter, C., Copeland, J., Degenhardt, L., Cuhls, H., ... & Conrad, R. (2018). Systematic review and meta‐analysis of cannabinoids in palliative medicine. Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle.

21. Weier, M. (2018). Moving beyond vaping as a cessation‐only practice. Addiction.

20. Chan, G. C., Leung, J., Quinn, C., Weier, M., & Hall, W. (2018). Socio‐economic differentials in cannabis use trends in Australia. Addiction.

19. Nielsen, S., Germanos, R., Weier, M., Pollard, J., Degenhardt, L., Hall, W., ... & Farrell, M. (2018). The use of cannabis and cannabinoids in treating symptoms of multiple sclerosis: a systematic review of reviews. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.

18. Weier, M. (2017). Commentary on White et al.(2017): Adolescent drinking and exposure to advertising—behaviour does not occur in a social vacuum. Addiction.

17. Weier, M., & Hall, W. (2017). The Use of Cannabinoids in Treating Dementia. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.

16. Hall, W. D., & Weier, M. (2017). Reducing alcohol-related violence and other harm in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia.

15. Hall, W., & Weier, M. (2017). Has Marijuana Legalization Increased Marijuana Use Among US Youth?. JAMA Pediatrics.

14. Hall, W., & Weier, M. (2017). Lee Robins' studies of heroin use among US Vietnam veterans. Addiction.

13. Weier, M., & Lee, C. (2016). Stagnant or Successful, Carefree or Anxious? Australian University Students' Goals and Beliefs About Adulthood and Their Current Well‐being. Australian Psychologist.

12. Keane, H., Weier, M., Fraser, D., & Gartner, C. (2016). ‘Anytime, anywhere’: vaping as social practice. Critical Public Health.

11. Chan, G. C., Leung, J. K., Quinn, C.,...Weier, M., ... & Hall, W. D. (2016). Trend in alcohol use in Australia over 13 years: has there been a trend reversal?. BMC Public Health.

10. Meurk, C., Morphett, K., Carter, A., Weier, M., Lucke, J., & Hall, W. (2016). Scepticism and hope in a complex predicament: People with addictions deliberate about neuroscience. International Journal of Drug Policy.

9. Kelly, A. B., Chan, G. C., Weier, M., Quinn, C., Gullo, M. J., Connor, J. P., & Hall, W. D. (2016). Parental supply of alcohol to Australian minors: an analysis of six nationally representative surveys spanning 15 years. BMC Public Health.

8. Hall, W. D., Patton, G., Stockings, E., Weier, M., Lynskey, M., Morley, K. I., & Degenhardt, L. (2016). Why young people's substance use matters for global health. The Lancet Psychiatry.

7. Degenhardt, L., Larney, S., Chan, G., Dobbins, T., Weier, M., Roxburgh, A., ... & McKetin, R. (2016). Estimating the number of regular and dependent methamphetamine users in Australia, 2002–2014. Medical Journal of Australia.

6. Chan, G. C., Leung, J., Quinn, C., Kelly, A. B., Connor, J. P., Weier, M., & Hall, W. D. (2015). Rural and urban differences in adolescent alcohol use, alcohol supply, and parental drinking. The Journal of Rural Health.

5. Meurk, C., Fraser, D., Weier, M., Lucke, J., Carter, A., & Hall, W. (2015). Assessing the place of neurobiological explanations in accounts of a family member's addiction. Drug and alcohol review.

4. Fraser, D., Weier, M., Keane, H., & Gartner, C. (2015). Vapers’ perspectives on electronic cigarette regulation in Australia. International Journal of Drug Policy.

3. Hall, W., & Weier, M. (2015). Assessing the public health impacts of legalizing recreational cannabis use in the USA. Clinical pharmacology & therapeutics.

2. Weier, M., & Lee, C. (2015). How Do Australian University Students Understand Adulthood?. Australian Psychologist.

1. Riggall, K., Forlini, C., Carter, A., Hall, W., Weier, M., Partridge, B., & Meinzer, M. (2015). Researchers’ perspectives on scientific and ethical issues with transcranial direct current stimulation: An international survey. Scientific reports5, 10618.

 

Book chapters

3. Connor J.P., Weier M., Hall W.D. (2019) The Age of Onset of Alcohol Use Disorders. In: de Girolamo G., McGorry P., Sartorius N. (eds) Age of Onset of Mental Disorders. Springer, Cham.

2. Kelly A.B., Weier M., Hall W.D. (2019) The Age of Onset of Substance Use Disorders. In: de Girolamo G., McGorry P., Sartorius N. (eds) Age of Onset of Mental Disorders. Springer, Cham.

1. Degenhardt, LJ, Hall, W & Weier, M. (2017). Illicit drugs: Patterns of use, dependence, and contribution to disease burden in developed countries. In: The International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Academic Press.

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