Dr Stephen Bright
Stephen is a clinically-trained psychologist, though identifies as an ethnopharmacologist (i.e, a person who studies the human relationship with drugs).Back to top
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: www.aodmediawatch.com.au
Stephen is a leading Australian voice on the role of drug policy on emerging drug trends such as synthetic cannabis and darkweb marketplaces. He is an Adjunct Research Fellow with Curtin's National Drug Research Institute
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Memberships, Awards and Training
- 2012: Awarded a Gold Medal in the Victorian Public Health Awards
- 2011: Awarded best late breaking paper at the APSAD conference
- 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
- Reference Group member of AOD Media Watch
- Peninsula Health's Human Research Ethics Commitee since 2012
2016 - 2017: Senior Dual Diagnosis Clinician/Psychologist, Monash Health
2006 - 2017: Unit Coordinator for Addiction Studies, School of Psychology, Curtin University
2014 - 2016: Manager of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Services, Peninsula Health
2012 - 2014: Senior Psychologist for Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Services, Peninsula Health
2011: Lecturer in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Community Mental Health, Chisholm Institute
2010 - 2012: Psychologis/Proejct Officer for Older Wiser Lifestyles, Peninsula Health
2007 - 2010: Senior Psychologist, Converge International
2005 - 2008: Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Counsellor, North Metropolitan Community Drug Service Team
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- Alcohol and Other Drug policy.
- New Psychoactive Substances.
- Drugs and the media.
- Pill testing.
- Synthetic cannabis.
- MDMA-assisted psychotherapy.
- Harm reduction.
- Stigma of drug use.
- Older adults and alcohol.
Journal Articles (Research)
- Bright, S. J., and C. M. Williams. 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.
Journal Articles (Research)
- Strauss, N., S. J. Bright, and M. L. Williams. 2016. "Australia should be initiating a psychedelic research program: What are the barriers?." Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 50 (11): 1036-1037.
Bright, S., & Williams, C. (2017). Evaluation of Australia’s first older adult-specific early intervention for reducing alcohol-related harm. Australian Health Review. [Early Online]
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.
Bright, S. J., Williams, M. L. & Caldicott, D. (2017). Should addiction researchers be interested in psychedelic science? Drug & Alcohol Review, 36, 285-287.
Bright, S. J. & Caldicott, D. (2017). Weekly Dose: Ayahuasca, a cautionary tale for tourists eager to try this shamanic brew. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/weekly-dose-ayahuasca-a-cautionary-tale-for-tourists-eager-to-try-this-shamanic-brew-73953
Bright, S. J. (2017). Alcohol leads to more violence than other drugs, but you’d never know from the headlines. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/alcohol-leads-to-more-violence-than-other-drugs-but-youd-never-know-from-the-headlines-72281
Strauss, N., Bright, S. J., & Williams, M. L. (2016). Australia should be initiating a psychedelic research program: What are the barriers? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(11) 1036–1037. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0004867416670520
Bright S. J. (2015). What’s happening to us when we get drunk? The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/whats-happening-to-us-when-we-get-drunk-51245
Bright S. J. (2015). Won't somebody think of the children? 5 reasons why drug panics are counterproductive. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/wont-somebody-think-of-the-children-five-reasons-why-drug-panics-are-counterproductive-50078
Bright, S. J., Fink, A., Beck, J. C., 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, 33-37.
Bright S. J. & Roche, A. (2015). Older Australians' drinking on the rise and they don’t know the risks. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/older-australians-drinking-on-the-rise-and-they-dont-know-the-risks-50660
Hurnall, P., Loke, K-S, Ryan, K., Walsh, K., Jackson, L., & Bright, S. (2015). Older Adults: Dual Diagnosis Resource Guide. Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative: Melbourne, Victoria. http://www.dualdiagnosis.org.au/home/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=29&limit=10&limitstart=0
Nicholas, R., Roche, A., Lee, N., Bright, S., & Walsh, K. (2015). Preventing and reducing alcohol- and other drug-related harm among older people: A practical guide for health and welfare professionals. National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA). Flinders University: Adelaide, South Australia. http://www.peninsulahealth.org.au/wp-content/uploads/AODPenHealth_150915.pdf
Bright, S. J., Kane, R., Bishop, B., & Marsh, A. (2014). Development of the Australian Dominant Drug Discourses Scale. Addiction Research & Theory. 22, 416 – 423.
Bright, S. J. (2013). New and Emerging Drugs. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Drug Foundation. http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/emag/prevention_research/index.htm
Bright, S. J. & Barratt, M. J. (2013). Explainer: What is NBOMe? The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-nbome-16950
Bright, S.J. & Barratt, M.J. (2013, April). The Kronic chronicles. In A. Winstock (Ed.), Prevention in Action (pp. 4-5). Melbourne: Australian Drug Foundation.
Bright, S. J., & Williams, M. (2013). Shroom to grow: Australia’s missing psychedelic science. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/shroom-to-grow-australias-missing-psychedelic-science-17344
Bright, S. J., Kane, R., Marsh, A., & Bishop, B. (2013). Psychometric Properties of the Locus of Control of Behaviour Scale (LCBS) administered to Australian’s seeking Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) treatment. Australian Psychologist, 48¸ 172-177.
Bright, S. J., Bishop, B., Kane, R., Marsh, A., Barratt, M. J. (2013). Kronic hysteria: Exploring the intersection between Australian synthetic cannabis legislation, the media, and drug-related harm. International Journal of Drug Policy, 24, 231-237.(Reprinted in Inciardi, J. A., & McElrath, K. (Eds.). (2014). The American Drug Scene: Readings in a global context (7th ed., pp. 57–68). New York: Oxford University Press.)
Caldicott, D. G. E., Bright, S. J., Barratt, M. J. (2013). NBOMe - A very different kettle of fish. Medical Journal of Australia, 199, 322-323.
Barratt, M. J. & Bright, S. J. (2012). Legal highs: what should we do about synthetic cannabis? The Conversation. http://theconversation.com/legal-highs-what-should-we-do-about-synthetic-cannabis-10386
Bright, S. J., Walsh, K., & Singh, D. (2012). Guidelines for alcohol consumption for older Australians. Australasian Journal on Ageing,30, 239.
Bright, S. J., Singh, D., & Fink, A. (2011). International use of screening tools that measure “Standard Drinks”: Whose standard? Addiction, 106, 1022-1023.
Bright, S. J. (2010). Taking it to the masses: Reflections on presenting to the Australasian Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD). Entheogenisis Australis, 2, 72-77.
Bright, S. J. (2009). Legal and Herbal Highs: Legal loopholes or harm minimisation? Entheogenisis Australis, 1, 19-24.
Bright, S. J., Marsh, A., Bishop, B., & Smith, L. M. (2008). What can we say about substance use? Dominant discourses and narratives emergent from Australian media. Addiction Research & Theory, 16, 135-148.
Bright, S. J., McKillop, D., & Ryder, D. (2008). Cigarette smoking among young adults: Integrating adolescent cognitive egocentrism with the transtheoretical model. Australian Journal of Psychology, 60, 18-25.
Bright, S. J. (2007). Spirituality in Psychology: The non-specifically-oriented or eclectic theologian-psychotherapist. Psychotherapy in Australia, 14(1), 66-71.
Bright, S. J., McKillop, D., & Ryder, D. (2007). Current understanding and future direction of the transtheoretical model: The role of adolescent cognitive egocentrism. Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 24(2), 25-43.
Invited Key Note Presentations (paid for by the hosting organisation)
Bright, S. (2016, September). Beyond Harm Reduction. Beyond Psychedelics, Prague, Czechoslovakia. https://slideslive.com/38898543/beyond-harm-reduction-acknowledging-the-benefits-of-drug-use
Bright, S. (2015, April). Screening Older People for AOD Problems: What is best practice? Grey Matters Conference, Adelaide.
Bright, S. J. (2013, December). New and Emerging Drugs: Epidemiology and management. Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies Emerging Psychoactive Substances Forum. Sydney, Australia.
Bright, S. J., Barratt, M. J. (2013, November). Understanding Synthetic Cannabis: Who uses it, why do they use it, what are the harms and what are the policy options? International Drug Policy Symposium. Auckland, New Zealand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjQMrc6wlFkBack to top