Dr Kylie Bailey

Dr Kylie Bailey | Clinical Psychologist

What are your research interests?

I am interested in researching psychological interventions for mental health and alcohol and other drug issues. I am also interested in researching comorbid mental health disorders and developing/ identifying interventions that help address these multiple symptoms. The treatment approaches that I research include both face-to-face and online/telehealth delivered interventions.
I am currently investigating SMART Recovery groups, a telehealth intervention and health promotion strategies for alcohol and other drugs.
I have also developed training for health care workers (medical and allied health) in communication skills, alcohol/substance and comorbid mental health assessment and training. I have developed health education training funded by our local Primary Health Network, NSW Ministry of Health and both the Pharmacy Guild and the NSW Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
I currently collaborate with Griffith University and The University of Sydney.

Why did you get into research? 

I was inspired by my supervisor, Professor Amanda Baker to start conducting research. I also want to contribute to evidence-based practices to enhance treatment outcomes in people with mental health and alcohol and other drug issues. I also want to improve the reach and therefore access to mental health and drug and alcohol interventions to regional and rural Australians.
I also want to improve the quality of addiction and mental health care delivered by health care workers.

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

My goal is to enhance the delivery of effective treatment to people with mental health and alcohol and other drug issues. To reduce the stigma of this patient population and improve the reach and access of mental health/addiction care to regional and rural populations. My vision is evidence-based mental health/addiction care that is accessible by people when they need treatment/support.


Dr Bailey has a PhD in psychiatry and is a senior clinical psychologist with over 20 years clinical experience working with disabilities, addiction, mental health and health promotion. She has worked in the addiction field over 20 years and  has worked with people of all ages, with the main focus on adults. Her expertise is with addiction, childhood trauma, self harm and post-traumatic stress disorder. She has conducted research on adolescent drinking, motivational interviewing and comorbid mental health and alcohol misuse symptoms.
Dr Bailey has co-facilitated anxiety and trauma groups, lectured on therapeutic techniques, addiction, mental health and posttraumatic stress disorder. She also trains health care workers in communication skills, mental health and addiction, as well as supervised research students, provisional and registered/clinical psychologists.
Dr Bailey is on a number of regional and community advisory panels informing health planning, alcohol and drug services/needs and postgraduate education. She is also on expert committees informing on clinical considerations in health trials as well as developing health training packages for randomised controlled trials.
Dr Bailey is currently employed part-time with the University of Newcastle as a Senior Lecturer, teaching postgraduate addiction and mental health courses as well as supervising postgraduate students. She also works part-time as a service manager at Hunter Primary Care.

Future Focus

A future interest is to influence health policy  and research to improve health service delivery, with a focus on innovative and evidence based mental health and addiction interventions. Another future focus is to continue to reduce the stigma of mental and addiction populations through training and teaching evidence-based practice.

Specialised/Technical Skills 

  • Senior clinician
  • Supervisor
  • Researcher and educator