Dr Stephen Bright

Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology). Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University 

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

Dr Bright has worked as a psychologist within the mental health and AOD field for the past 15 years. He is currently Senior Lecturer of Addiction at Edith Cowan University. He is a strong advocate of harm reduction and an evidence-based approach to AOD legislation. He is also interested in the role of psychedelics 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  

Dr Bright is a founding member and Vice President of PRISM, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to fund positive AOD research. He was an elected member of the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) board from 2015 to 2017, the Peninsula Health’s Human Research Ethics Committee from 2012 and 2017 and he is a founding member and current editor of AOD Media Watch.