Professor Teesson is Director, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, UNSW. Her vision is to build the world’s leading dedicated translational research program for the prevention and treatment of comorbid mental health and substance abuse. She leads a large vibrant research centre (over 70 staff) spanning 7 universities internationally. The innovation of her research has been recognised through leadership of 67 grants (13 NHMRC, 2 CRE) totalling over $21.6M and over 280 publications. She is the winner of the prestigious 2014 Australian Museum Eureka Award for Mentorship of Young Researchers.