Amanda Baker is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow employed as a Professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle, NSW. Her research has been supported by NHMRC fellowships continuously since 2003. Funded in 2012 by the NHMRC, Amanda is Co-Director of a Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Mental Health and Substance Use, which aims to build much needed research capacity in this area. This CRE represents a world first, bringing together the largest concentration of nationally and internationally recognised comorbidity researchers. Professor Baker has worked as a clinical psychologist in both mental health and substance abuse treatment settings in Australia and the UK.