Stephen Bright

Stephen Bright
Edith Cowan University

Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

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Introduction
I'm a clinically-trained psychologist, though identify as an ethnopharmacologist (i.e, a person who studies the human relationship with drugs). I write and deliver curriculum pertaining to the use of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) in society and treatment of AOD-related issues at Edith Cowan University. I am also am a adjunct research fellow at Curtin University's National Drug Research Institute. @stephenjbright
Additional affiliations
July 2017 - present
Edith Cowan University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Course coordinator or Bachelor of Health Science (Addiction Studies)
January 2017 - present
Edith Cowan University
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2016 - present
Curtin University
Position
  • Fellow
Education
January 2006 - January 2014
Curtin University
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
February 2002 - November 2005
Edith Cowan University
Field of study
  • Psychology and Addiction Studies

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Publications (42)
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This guide was developed to assist specialist and generalist clinicians to assess and respond to the needs of older people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, alcohol- and other drug-(AOD) related harm. Longer life expectancy, more people living longer, and different expectations of current and future generations of older people will increase...
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People who use drugs understand drugs and drug use in ways that are often different to the way knowledge of drug use is constructed within the dominant medico-legal discourse. Their experiences are, more often than not, represented in negative ways within dominant discourse, a disconnect that can create adverse consequences for people who use drugs...
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International research is increasingly demonstrating that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can enhance psychotherapeutic outcomes and be effective for some treatment-refractory mental illnesses; however, there is an absence of any such research in Australia. A review of psychedelic science has been conducted with a focus on psychedelic-assisted p...
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Objective: The current study aimed to explore whether the subjective effects of microdosing psychedelics are comparable to those of yoga in relation to psychological wellbeing, depression, anxiety and stress. It also aimed to explore the relationship between yoga, microdosing and personality variables including neuroticism, openness and absorption....
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Objectives: To explore perceptions of alcohol and other drug (AOD) education and digital game design preferences among Australian adolescents with the goal of identifying key factors to promote engagement in an AOD serious game for Australian secondary school students. Methods: Semi-structured focus groups were conducted with 36 adolescents aged...
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Expanding on the work of Forstmann and Sagioglou, this study investigated the differences in personality and pro-environmental behavior (PEB) as a function of psychedelic-occasioned mystical experiences. A sample of 240 participants with prior psychedelic experience completed an online survey. Data were collected on participants’ psychedelic-occasi...
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Contemporary clinical research into the psychotherapeutic administration of psychedelics has primarily emphasized the importance of therapeutic interpersonal interactions to assist clients prepare for and integrate the acute effects of psychedelics. Alternative therapeutic frameworks have encouraged active talk therapy between therapists and client...
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Objective: Increasing regular physical activity (PA) behaviour may be an effective adjunct intervention for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. This systematic review aims to identify promising behaviour change techniques (BCTs), namely, BCTs present in the design of interventions evidencing significant short-term and/or long-term (d ≥ 0.15 for...
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Research into psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy (PAP) is rapidly increasing with best practice guidelines being continuously updated. Yet the key principals of such guidelines are based on evidence accumulated during earlier research into these treatments and trans-disciplinary psychotherapeutic knowledge. One area of practice-based evidence that...
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The present narrative review is the first in a series of reviews about the appropriate conduct in substance-assisted psychotherapy (SAPT). It outlines a current perspective onpreconditions and theoretical knowledge that have been identified as valuable in the literaturefor appropriate therapeutic conduct in SAPT. In this context, considerations reg...
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Backround and aims Having entered the recent public and research zeitgeist, microdosing involves consuming sub-perceptual doses of psychedelic drugs, allegedly to enhance performance, creativity, and wellbeing. The results of research to date have been mixed. Whereas most studies have reported positive impacts of microdosing, some microdosers have...
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Ibogaine is a psychoactive alkaloid contained in the West African plant Tabernanthe iboga . Although preliminary, evidence suggests that ibogaine could be effective in the treatment of certain substance use disorders, specifically opioid use disorder. This narrative review concentrated on the pharmacological, cultural and psychological aspects of i...
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Introduction Calls to provide sanctioned drug‐checking (pill testing) at Australian music festivals have been met with resistance from most governments due to concerns that such services would increase use of ecstasy and other drugs. We investigated that concern and used the Theory of Planned Behaviour to examine the determinants of intention to us...
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Objective: The current study aimed to explore whether the subjective effects of microdosing psychedelics are comparable to those of yoga in relation to psychological wellbeing, depression, anxiety and stress. It also explored the relationship between yoga, microdosing and personality. Method: The sample comprised 339 participants, yoga (n = 131),...
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Purpose Rates of drinking- and alcohol-related harms among older adults are increasing in most developed nations. The purpose of this paper was to explore the relationship among at-risk alcohol use, smoking, gender, geographical location, self-reported health and psychological well-being among Western Australians aged 65 years and older. Design/me...
Technical Report
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This modules provides an introduction to psychopharmacology. It covers mechanisms of action and the key neurotransmitter systems. The module is the final content covered in a postgraduate unit I developed at Edith Cowan University for public health and nursing students called "Drug Use and Addictive Behaviours"
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There is increasing evidence that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is effective for a range of psychological conditions. There are likely numerous mechanisms of action that contribute to these clinical effects. One such mechanism of action might involve psychedelics increasing levels of empathic functioning. This paper synthesises research concer...
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Objective: To describe the use of medications that interact with alcohol or for which alcohol reduces the medication's efficacy in older adults consuming alcohol at hazardous levels. Method: Retrospective file audit of patients discharged from Australia's only older adult-specific alcohol and other drug treatment service. Results: Seventy-two...
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In the 21st century, we have seen a significant increase in the use of alcohol and other drugs (AODs) among older adults in most first world countries. In addition, people are living longer. Consequently, the number of older adults at risk of experiencing alcohol-related harm and substance use disorders (SUDs) is rising. Between 1992 and 2010, men...
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Synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists (SCRAs) are a dynamic class of new psychoactive substances (NPS), with novel chemotypes emerging each year. Following the detection of 5F-CUMYL-P7AICA in Australia in 2016, the scaffold hopping SCRAs 5F-CUMYL-PICA, 5F-CUMYL-PINACA, 5F-CUMYLP7AICA were synthesized and characterized by nuclear magnetic resonanc...
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Objective: There is good data regarding the prevalence and patterns of dual diagnosis among the general population; however, data regarding the older adult cohort is limited. We aimed to extend the knowledge of the point prevalence and patterns of dual diagnosis among older adults, and the impact of dual diagnosis on the utilization of Alcohol and...
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The aim of the present case study was to evaluate the service-wide implementation of Australia's first older adult-specific early intervention called Older Wiser Lifestyles (OWL). OWL was designed to reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm among people identified as being at risk. OWL used the Australian Alcohol-Related Problems Survey...
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Objectives: The rate of older Australians at risk of experiencing alcohol-related harm increased by 31% over the past 10 years, yet there are no Australian age-specific early interventions. We describe the development of Australia's first age-specific early intervention protocol. Methods: Through examining effective overseas older adult-specific...
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Full presentation available from: https://slideslive.com/38898543/beyond-harm-reduction-acknowledging-the-benefits-of-drug-use
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This guide covers key practice areas for practitioners working with older adults who have a dual diagnosis – a co-occurring alcohol and other drug (AOD) use and mental health problem. The guide has been produced in response to increasing calls from services for information on working with people aged 55 years and older with a dual diagnosis. Resear...
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There are a limited number of dominant discourses available to frame drug use within Australia. These dominant discourses play an important role in policy debate and development, and also drug use behaviour. We describe the development of a psychometric instrument that is hypothesised to measure the degree to which individuals internalise dominant...
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The Alcohol-Related Problems Survey (ARPS) reliably classifies drinking as non-hazardous, hazardous or harmful using scoring algorithms that consider quantity and frequency of alcohol use alone and in combination with health conditions, medication-use and functional status. Because it has been developed using a 14-g US standard drink, it is not val...
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Despite a paucity of studies evaluating the psychometric properties of the Locus of Control of Behaviour Scale (LCBS), it continues to be widely used in behavioural research. The present study sought to redress this gap in the literature. The 17-item LCBS was administered to 373 Australians attending Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) treatment agencies...
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New recreational drugs are emerging at an unprecedented rate and represent one of the biggest challenges in the alcohol and other drug field for 2013. In this issue of Prevention Research, Stephen Bright asks the question, ‘Are new and emerging drugs a public health crisis waiting to happen?’ and looks at how clinicians, allied health and youth wor...
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The notion of a ‘standard drink’ is problematic when conducting international research because the amount of ethanol contained in a ‘standard drink’ is country- specific. In the United States a standard drink contains 14 g of ethanol, while in the United Kingdom and Aus- tralia, a ‘standard drink’ contains 8 and 10 g of ethanol, respectively. A num...
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Discourses are conceptualised as context-specific frameworks that constrain what can be presented as rational when considering psychoactive substances. Given the implications of this for Australian policy debate and development, research and health promotion, an integrative analysis explored the nature of the dominant discourses as they pertain to...
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the context of a broad social movement as a response to international legislative changes to the legal status of many psychoactive substances (e.g., ratification of the United Nations, 1971, Convention on Psychotropic Substances). The term ‘legal high’ is simply derived from legal discourse (Bright, Marsh, Smith & Bishop, 2008), and is thus demarca...
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Personal fable aspects of adolescent cognitive egocentrism reflected in individuals' beliefs of omnipotence, invulnerability, and uniqueness, were examined in relation to cigarette smoking and stage of change status. A component of the Trans-Theoretical Model (TTM) of behaviour change, the stages of change maintain that current smokers consist of t...
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Despite being the cornerstone of behaviour change interventions, a review of the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) highlights that younger populations have been excluded in the development of this model. It is not surprising then that interventions underpinned by the TTM have not been shown to be effective when applied to younger populations. Cognitive...

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