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Dr Celia Wilkinson

Celia is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health within the School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Current Teaching

  • Teaching addiction studies units at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.


Celia has worked in the addiction area for over twenty years and has extensive teaching experience in the alcohol and other drug field.  Prior to her employment at ECU she was the Manager of Workforce Development at the WA Drug and Alcohol Office, the State Government authority responsible for responding to alcohol and other drugs. She has previously worked as a research psychologist, a research associate, a counsellor and as an educator and is also currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology.

Awards and Recognition


  • 2004-2008: Recipient of Australian Postgraduate Scholarship Award
  • 2006: Post Graduate Student prize awarded by the Injury Control Council of WA

Research Areas and Interests

  • Alcohol and other drug use amongst older Australians
  • alcohol labelling
  • drug education


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Nat Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, 2008.
  • Master of Science, Curtin University of Technology, 1991.
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Newcastle, 1986.


Recent Research Grants

  • Factors influencing the reunification of children with their substance-using parents subsequent to their placement in out-of-home care,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2016 - 2017,  $141,899.
  • Promoting social engagement among older people at risk of social isolation,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Research Starter Grant,  2014 - 2016,  $29,550.
  • Assessing the practice, knowledge, confidence and willingness of WA community pharmacists in providing alcohol-related information and advice to older clients. ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014 - 2015,  $20,000.
  • An exploration of how social context and type of living arrangement are linked to alcohol consumption amongst older Australians,  Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation Ltd,  Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $19,733.
  • Alcohol and older Australians: an investigation of alcohol consumption and social context in retirement villages compared with private residences,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $12,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Taylor, M., Marquis, R., Coall, D., Wilkinson, C., (2017), Substance misuse-related parental child maltreatment: Intergenerational implications for grandparents, parents, and grandchildren relationships. Journal of Drug Issues, 47(2), 241-260, Thousand Oaks, United States, Sage Publications Inc, DOI: 10.1177/0022042616683670.
  • Dare, J., Wilkinson, C., Garlepp, M., Lo, J., Allsop, S., (2017), Community pharmacists require additional support to develop capacity in delivering alcohol-related health information to older adults. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 25(4), 301-310, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12319.
  • Wilkinson, C., Dare, J., French, M., McDermott, M., Lo, J., Allsop, S., (2016), Prescribing or dispensing medication represents the best opportunity for GPs and pharmacists to engage older people in alcohol-related clinical conversations. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 24(5), 319-325, DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12255.
  • Dare, J., Wilkinson, C., Allsop, S., Waters, S., McHale, S., (2014), Social engagement, setting and alcohol use among a sample of older Australians. Health and Social Care in the Community, 22(5), 524-532, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12110.
  • Wilkinson, C., Dare, J., (2014), Shades of grey: the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to research investigating alcohol and ageing. Journal of Public Health Research, 3(180), 7-11, Italy, Pagepress, DOI: 10.4081/jphr.2014.180.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Public Health,  Investigating The Practice And Capacity Of Paediatric Occupational Therapists To Promote The Physical Activity Levels Of Children In Western Australian
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Design, Implementation And Evaluation Of The Impact Of A Body Image Professional Development Program For Early Childhood Educators
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