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Dr Stephen Bright

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 64863042597, Mobile: 0419143773, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO31471R
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 64863042597
Mobile: 0419143773
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO31471R  


Dr Bright oversees the development and delivery of curriculum pertaining to the use of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) in the context of society.


Stephen has worked as a psychologist within the Mental Health & AOD field for the past 15 years. He is currently Senior Lecturer of Addiction at Edith Cowan University. Stephen is a strong advocate of harm reduction and an evidence-based approach to AOD legislation. He is also interested in the role of certain substances (entheogens) to facilitate spiritual experiences, and their role in psychotherapy.

His PhD related to the public perceptions and media portrayal of AOD use and the implications of this for drug-related harm, including the rapid emergence of new psychoactive substances. This has led to the development of a project that aims to make the Australian media more accountable when reporting on AOD issues:

Stephen is a leading Australian voice on the role of drug policy on emerging drug trends such as synthetic cannabis and darkweb marketplaces.

Professional Associations

  • Founding member and vice-president of PRISM, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to fund positive AOD research.
  • Elected member of the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) board since 2015
  • Member of the AOD Media Watch Reference Group
  • Peninsula Health's Human Research Ethics Committee since 2012

Awards and Recognition

  • 2012: Awarded a Gold Medal in the Victorian Public Health Awards
  • 2011: Awarded best late breaking paper at the APSAD conference

Research Areas and Interests

  • Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) policy.
  • AOD and the media
  • Emerging drug trends.
  • Psychedelics.
  • Synthetic cannabis.
  • MDMA-assisted psychotherapy.
  • Harm reduction.
  • Role of stigma among people who use drugs
  • Older adults and alcohol.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University of Technology, 2015.
  • Bachelor of Arts Psychology With Fist Class Honours, Edith Cowan University, 2006.
  • BA (Psych) hons., Edith Cowan University, 2005.


Recent Research Grants

  • Systematic review of chain analysis research for suicide prevention,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Grant in Aid Scheme,  2018 - 2019,  $16,765.
  • An Open Label Pilot Study of MDMA-Assisted Manualised Psychotherapy among Australians with Chronic, Treatment-Resistant Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),  Edith Cowan University,  School of Medical and Health Sciences Research Grant Scheme 2018,  2018 - 2019,  $8,498.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Bright, S., Williams, C., (2017), Development of Australia’s first older adult-specific early intervention for alcohol-related harm: Feasibility and proof of concept. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 36(1), 52-55, Richmond, Victoria, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12366.
  • Bright, S., Fink, A., Beck, J., Gabriel, J., Singh, D., (2015), Development of an Australian version of the Alcohol-Related Problems Survey: A comprehensive computerised screening tool for older adults. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 34(1), 33-37, Australia, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12098.
  • Bright, S., Kane, R., Bishop, B., Marsh, A., (2014), Development of the Australian Dominant Drug Discourses Scale. Addiction Research and Theory, 22(5), 416-423, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2013.873792.
  • Bright, S., Kane, R., Marsh, A., Bishop, B., (2013), Psychometric Properties of the Locus of Control of Behaviour Scale (LCBS) among Australians Seeking Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Treatment. Australian Psychologist, 48(3), 172-177, United Kingdom, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2012.00094.x.
  • Bright, S., Bishop, B., Kane, R., Marsh, A., Barratt, M., (2013), Kronic hysteria: Exploring the intersection between Australian synthetic cannabis legislation, the media, and drug-related harm. International Journal of Drug Policy, 24(3), 231-237, DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2012.12.002.
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