Doctor Garry Stevens

Doctor Garry Stevens

DAP - Humanitarian and Development Studies,
Humanitarian & Development Studies

Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian and Development Studies,
Humanitarian & Development Studies

Biography

Dr Garry Stevens is a Clinical Psychologist by professional background and Program Director in Humanitarian and Development Studies (HADS) at Western. As part of the Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative (HADRI), he is involved in projects examining population preparedness for disasters and critical incidents, including occupational risk and resilience factors among emergency service workers, Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) and humanitarian aid workers and trainees. His recent work with Aid Practitioners focuses on worker self-care in high pressure work environments. He is also involved in population mental health and epidemiology, including technology assisted mental health care in hospital and community settings.

Garry's research is inter-disciplinary and across four primary streams:

(1) Community resilience to disasters

(2) Occupational self-care among humanitarian and emergency service workers

(3) Humanitarian engineering – renewable energy for disaster early warning systems

(4) Technology assisted mental health care: SMS aftercare for deliberate self-harm

This information has been contributed by Doctor Stevens.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MClinPsych The Australian National University
  • BSC (Hons) Deakin University
  • BA Deakin University

Professional Memberships

  • Development Studies Association of Australia (DSAA) (2022 - 2022)
  • Australasian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (2022)
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) (2022)
  • Australian Psychological Society (2022 - 2022)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Humanitarian & Development Studies
  • Humanitarian & Development Studies

Contact

Email: G.Stevens@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 654
Mobile: 0421079011
Location: P.G.86
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 102170 People, Place and Social Difference, 2016
  • 102367 Complex Emergencies and International Guidelines, 2016
  • 102368 Emergency Field Operations: Supply Management and Logistics, 2017
  • 102575 Emergency and Disaster Management, 2018
  • 400847 Surveillance and Disaster Planning, 2014
  • 401003 Professional Communication, 2014
  • 401005 Human Relationships and Life Transitions, 2014

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Schismenos, S., Gkiatas, A., Stevens, G., Bienz, T. and Smith, A. (2020), '"Bend it like Greece" : a success story for flattening the COVID-19 curve', State Responses to COVID-19: A Global Snapshot at 1 June 2020, Western Sydney University .
  • Bienz, T., Stevens, G. and Schismenos, S. (2020), 'Sans-papiers in Switzerland under COVID-19', State Responses to COVID-19: A Global Snapshot at 1 June 2020, Western Sydney University .
  • Stevens, G., Schismenos, S., Bienz, T., Smith, A. and Gkiatas, A. (2020), 'Frontline heroes left behind : American healthcare workers during the era of COVID-19', State Responses to COVID-19: A Global Snapshot at 1 June 2020, Western Sydney University .
  • Schismenos, S., Stevens, G., Emmanouloudis, D., Georgeou, N., Chalaris, M. and Smith, A. (2019), 'Local disaster vulnerability analysis : an approach to identify communities ', Youth Science Policy Interface Publication - 2nd Special Edition: Disaster Risk Reduction: Moving Forward, Thinking Ahead, UN Major Group for Children and Youth .
  • Schismenos, S., Stevens, G., Georgeou, N., Emmanouloudis, D., Smith, A. and Wali, N. (2019), 'Localized disaster management and community development in Western Africa : challenges and opportunities in Nigeria ', Youth Science Policy Interface Publication - 2nd Special Edition: Disaster Risk Reduction: Moving Forward, Thinking Ahead, UN Major Group for Children and Youth .
  • Smith, A., Schismenos, S., Stevens, G., Hutton, L., Chalaris, M. and Emmanouloudis, D. (2019), 'Understanding large-scale fire events : megafires in Attica, Greece and California, USA', Youth Science Policy Interface Publication - 2nd Special Edition: Disaster Risk Reduction: Moving Forward, Thinking Ahead, United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth .
  • Bienz, T., Schismenos, S., Stevens, G., Tran, C. and Georgeou, N. (2019), 'Incubators as potential tools for employment creation : policy implications for Sub-Saharan Africa', The Next Generation of Work: Pathways to Sustainable Economies and Decent Jobs for All by 2030, United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth .
  • Taylor, M., Agho, K., Raphael, B. and Stevens, G. (2010), 'Psychosocial Response to Animal Disease: Australia's First Outbreak of Equine Influenza', Handbook of Disease Outbreaks: Prevention, Detection and Control, Nova publishing 9781608762248.
  • Stevens, G. and Raphael, B. (2007), 'The Public Effects of Disasters and Mass Violence', Encyclopaedia of Stress, Second Edition, Academic Press 9780120885039.
  • Raphael, B., Stevens, G. and Dunsmore, J. (2006), 'Clinical Theories of Loss & Grief', Violent Death: Resilience and Intervention Beyond the Crisis, Routledge 9780415953238.
  • Raphael, B. and Stevens, G. (2006), 'Disaster & Response: Science, Systems & Realities', Asian Tsunami and Social Work Practice: Recovery and Rebuilding, Haworth Press 9780789032355.

Journal Articles

  • Schismenos, S., Emmanouloudis, D., Stevens, G., Katopodes, N. and Melesse, A. (2022), 'Soil governance in Greece : a snapshot', Soil Security, vol 6 .
  • Schismenos, S., Stevens, G., Georgeou, N., Emmanouloudis, D., Shrestha, S., Thapa, B. and Gurung, S. (2022), 'Flood and renewable energy humanitarian engineering research : lessons from Aggitis, Greece and Dhuskun, Nepal', Geosciences, vol 12, no 2 .
  • Schismenos, S., Stevens, G., Emmanouloudis, D., Georgeou, N., Shrestha, S. and Chalaris, M. (2021), '[In Press] Humanitarian engineering at the sustainability-development nexus : mapping vulnerability and capability factors for communities at risk of water-based disasters', Sustainability Science, .
  • Schismenos, S., Chalaris, M. and Stevens, G. (2021), 'Battery hazards and safety : a scoping review for lead acid and silver-zinc batteries', Safety Science, vol 140 .
  • Stevens, G., Bienz, T., Wali, N., Condie, J. and Schismenos, S. (2021), 'Online university education is the new normal : but is face-to-face better?', Interactive Technology and Smart Education, vol 18, no 3 , pp 278 - 297.
  • Page, A., Bandara, P., Hammond, T., Stevens, G. and Carter, G. (2021), 'Impact of Covid-19 physical distancing policies on incidence of intentional self-harm in Western Sydney', Australasian Psychiatry, vol 29, no 5 , pp 562 - 563.
  • Brownhill, S., Stevens, G., Hammond, T., Baldacchino, R., Maposa, R., Makoni, B., Sheb'a, A., Andepalli, J., Kotak, A., D'Souza, O., Atashnama, A., Thayil, A. and Jones, A. (2021), 'Cultural humility : a collaborative approach to recruiting patients with deliberate self-harm into a multi-hospital randomized controlled trial', Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, vol 17, no 39 .
  • Schismenos, S., Stevens, G., Emmanouloudis, D., Georgeou, N., Shrestha, S. and Katopodes, N. (2021), '[In Press] Using off-grid hydropower for community-led flood resilience : an integrated systems approach', International Journal of Sustainable Energy, .
  • Schismenos, S., Stevens, G., Emmanouloudis, D., Georgeou, N., Shrestha, S., Katopodes, N. and Wali, N. (2021), '[In Press] Humanitarian engineering for renewable energy and flood early warning in remote communities : a scoping review of enabling factors and sustainability', Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, .
  • Schismenos, S., Cheng, C., Stevens, G. and Chalaris, M. (2021), 'Understanding the primary goals of China's defence and security policy', International Journal of Multidisciplinary Academic Research, vol 2, no 2 , pp 8 - 13.
  • Schismenos, S., Stevens, G., Georgeou, N., Emmanouloudis, D., Shrestha, S. and Thapa, B. (2021), 'Humanitarian and developmental research engagement during COVID-19 : a remote research approach', Social Science Protocols, vol 4 , pp 1 - 14.
  • Bienz, T., Schismenos, S., Stevens, G. and Georgeou, N. (2020), 'Policy memo : new analysis tools and leadership model for a modern UN', Journal of Science Policy and Governance, vol 16, no 2 .
  • Schismenos, S., Stevens, G., Emmanouloudis, D., Georgeou, N., Shrestha, S. and Chalaris, M. (2020), 'Humanitarian engineering and vulnerable communities : hydropower applications in localised flood response and sustainable development', International Journal of Sustainable Energy, vol 39, no 10 , pp 941 - 950.
  • Schismenos, S., Smith, A., Stevens, G. and Emmanouloudis, D. (2020), 'Failure to lead on COVID-19 : what went wrong with the United States?', International Journal of Public Leadership, .
  • Stevens, G., Hammond, T., Brownhill, S., Anand, M., Riva, A., Hawkins, J., Chapman, T., Baldacchino, R., Micallef, J., Andepalli, J., Kotak, A., Gunja, N., Page, A., Gould, G., Ryan, C., Whyte, I., Carter, G. and Jones, A. (2019), 'SMS SOS : a randomized controlled trial to reduce self-harm and suicide attempts using SMS text messaging', BMC Psychiatry, vol 19, no 1 .
  • Ezeh, O., Ogbo, F., Stevens, G., Tannous, K., Osuagwu, U., Ghimire, P. and Agho, K. (2019), 'Factors associated with the early initiation of breastfeeding in economic community of West African States (ECOWAS)', Nutrients, vol 11, no 11 .
  • Agho, K., Ezeh, O., Ghimire, P., Osuagwu, U., Stevens, G., Tannous, K., Fleming, C., Ogbo, F., Diallo, T., Akombi, B., Ogeleka, P., Abir, T., Issaka, A., Ahmed, K., Victor, R., Charwe, D., Rwabilimbo, A., Subramanee, D., Mehak, M., Nagdev, N. and Dhami, M. (2019), 'Exclusive breastfeeding rates and associated factors in 13 "Economic Community of West African States" (ECOWAS) countries', Nutrients, vol 11, no 12 .
  • Stevens, G., Wali, N., Georgeou, N. and Tadjoeddin, Z. (2018), 'Understanding the relationship between humanitarian and development interventions : a mixed-methods systematic review protocol', Social Science Protocols, vol 1 .
  • Taylor, M., Stevens, G., Agho, K. and Raphael, B. (2017), 'The impacts of household financial stress, resilience, social support and other adversities on the psychological distress of Western Sydney parents', International Journal of Population Research, vol 2017 .
  • Abir, T., Ogbo, F., Stevens, G., Page, A., Milton, A. and Agho, K. (2017), 'The impact of antenatal care, iron-folic acid supplementation and tetanus toxoid vaccination during pregnancy on child mortality in Bangladesh', PLoS One, vol 12, no 11 .
  • Skeoch, K., Stevens, G. and Taylor, M. (2017), 'Future role aspirations, achievement motivations and perceptions of personal help-seeking among humanitarian aid trainees', Journal of International Humanitarian Action, vol 2 .
  • Abir, T., Agho, K., Ogbo, F., Stevens, G., Page, A., Hasnat, M., Dibley, M. and Raynes-Greenow, C. (2017), 'Predictors of stillbirths in Bangladesh : evidence from the 2004-2014 nation-wide household surveys', Global Health Action, vol 10, no 1 .
  • Cheng, Z., Ma, N., Yang, L., Agho, K., Stevens, G., Raphael, B., Cui, L., Lui, Y., Yan, B., Ma, H. and Yu, X. (2015), 'Depression and posttraumatic stress disorder in temporary settlement residents 1 year after the Sichuan earthquake', Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, vol 20, no 10 , pp 1 - 11.
  • Issaka, A., Agho, K., Page, A., Burns, P., Stevens, G. and Dibley, M. (2015), 'Factors associated with early introduction of formula and/or solid, semi-solid or soft foods in seven Francophone West African countries', Nutrients, vol 7, no 2 , pp 948 - 969.
  • Issaka, A., Agho, K., Page, A., Burns, P., Stevens, G. and Dibley, M. (2015), 'Determinants of suboptimal complementary feeding practices among children aged 6-23 months in seven francophone West African countries', Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 11, no S1 , pp 31 - 52.
  • Issaka, A., Agho, K., Page, A., Burns, P., Stevens, G. and Dibley, M. (2015), 'The problem of suboptimal complementary feeding practices in West Africa : what is the way forward?', Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 11, no S1 , pp 53 - 60.
  • Issaka, A., Agho, K., Page, A., Burns, P., Stevens, G. and Dibley, M. (2015), 'Determinants of suboptimal complementary feeding practices among children aged 6-23 months in four anglophone West African countries', Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 11, no S1 , pp 14 - 30.
  • Issaka, A., Agho, K., Page, A., Burns, P., Stevens, G. and Dibley, M. (2015), 'Comparisons of complementary feeding indicators among children aged 6-23 months in Anglophone and Francophone West African countries', Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 11, no S1 , pp 1 - 13.
  • Issaka, A., Agho, K., Page, A., Burns, P., Stevens, G. and Dibley J., M. (2014), 'Determinants of early introduction of solid, semi-solid or soft foods among infants aged 3-5 months in four Anglophone West African countries', Nutrients, vol 6, no 7 , pp 2602 - 2618.
  • Burns, P., Stevens, G., Sandy, K., Dix, A., Raphael, B. and Allen, B. (2013), 'Human behaviour during a tunnel evacuation scenario in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel', Australian Journal of Emergency Medicine, vol 28, no 1 , pp 20 - 27.
  • Stevens, G., Dunsmore, J., Agho, K., Taylor, M., Jones, A., Ritten, J. and Raphael, B. (2013), 'Long-term health and wellbeing of people affected by the 2002 Bali bombing', Medical Journal of Australia, vol 198, no 5 , pp 273 - 277.
  • Stevens, G., Dunsmore, J., Agho, K., Taylor, M., Jones, A. and Raphael, B. (2013), 'Coping support factors among Australians affected by terrorism : 2002 Bali bombing survivors speak', Medical Journal of Australia, vol 199, no 11 , pp 772 - 775.
  • Hasleton, K., Stevens, G., Hegner, R., Kerley, D. and Allan, J. (2013), 'Mental health deployment to the 2011 Queensland floods : lessons learned', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol 28, no 3 , pp 35 - 40.
  • Jacobs, J., Agho, K., Stevens, G. and Raphael, B. (2012), 'Do childhood adversities cluster in predictable ways? A systematic review', Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, vol 7, no 2 , pp 103 - 115.
  • Taylor, M., Stevens, G., Agho, K., Kable, S. and Raphael, B. (2012), 'Crying wolf? Impact of the H1N1 2009 influenza pandemic on anticipated response to a future pandemic', Medical Journal of Australia, vol 197, no 10 , pp 561 - 564.
  • Stevens, G., Agho, K., Taylor, M., Jones, A., Barr, M. and Raphael, B. (2012), 'Perceived coping & concern predict terrorism preparedness in Australia', BMC Public Health, vol 12 , pp 1 - 11.
  • Taylor, M., Agho, K., Stevens, G. and Raphael, B. (2011), 'Factors associated with high psychological distress in horse industry participants during the 2007 Australian equine influenza outbreak and evidence of recovery after 1 year', Australian Veterinary Journal, vol 89, no SUPPL.1 , pp 158 - 159.
  • Stevens, G., Agho, K., Taylor, M., Jones, A., Jacobs, J., Barr, M. and Raphael, B. (2011), 'Alert but less alarmed : a pooled analysis of terrorism threat perception in Australia', BMC Public Health, vol 11, no 797 , pp 1 - 11.
  • Hasleton, K., Stevens, G. and Burns, P. (2011), 'Mental health response for World Youth Day : the Sydney experience', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol 26, no 4 , pp 48 - 53.
  • Stevens, G., Jones, A., Smith, G., Nelson, J., Agho, K., Taylor, M. and Raphael, B. (2010), 'Determinants of paramedic response readiness for CBRNE threats', Journal of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, vol 8, no 2 , pp 193 - 202.
  • Jacobs, J., Taylor, M., Agho, K., Stevens, G., Barr, M. and Raphael, B. (2010), 'Factors associated with population perceived risk of pandemic influenza', Influenza Research and Treatment, .
  • Agho, K., Stevens, G., Taylor, M., Barr, M. and Raphael, B. (2010), 'Population risk perceptions of global warming in Australia', Environmental Research, vol 110, no 8 , pp 756 - 763.
  • Taylor, M., Barr, M., Stevens, G., Bryson-Taylor, D., Agho, K., Jacobs, J. and Raphael, B. (2010), 'Psychosocial stress and strategies for managing adversity : measuring population resilience in New South Wales, Australia', Population Health Metrics, vol 8, no 28 .
  • Stevens, G., Agho, K., Taylor, M., Barr, M., Raphael, B. and Jorm, L. (2009), 'Terrorism in Australia : factors associated with perceived threat and incident-critical behaviours', BMC Public Health, vol 9 .
  • Taylor, M., Raphael, B., Barr, M., Agho, K., Stevens, G. and Jorm, L. (2009), 'Public health measures during an aniticipated influenza pandemic: Factors influencing willingness to comply', Risk Management and Health Care Policy, vol 2 , pp 9 - 20.
  • Raphael, B., Taylor, M., Stevens, G., Barr, M., Gorringe, M. and Agho, K. (2009), 'Factors associated with population risk perceptions of continuing drought in Australia', Australian Journal of Rural Health, vol 17, no 6 , pp 330 - 337.
  • Stevens, G., Taylor, M., Barr, M., Jorm, L., Giffin, M., Ferguson, R., Agho, K. and Raphael, B. (2009), 'Public perceptions of the threat of terrorist attack in Australia and anticipated compliance behaviours', Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol 33, no 4 , pp 339 - 346.
  • Stevens, G., Byrne, S., Raphael, B. and Ollerton, R. (2008), 'Disaster medical assistance teams : what psychosocial support is needed', Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, vol 23, no 2 , pp 202 - 207.
  • Taylor, M., Agho, K., Stevens, G. and Raphael, B. (2008), 'Factors influencing psychological distress during a disease epidemic : data from Australia's first outbreak of equine influenza', BMC Public Health, vol 8 .
  • Barr, M., Raphael, B., Taylor, M., Stevens, G., Jorm, L., Giffin, M. and Lujic, S. (2008), 'Pandemic influenza in Australia : using telephone surveys to measure perceptions of threat and willingness to comply', BMC Infectious Diseases, vol 8 .
  • Raphael, B., Stevens, G. and Pedersen, K. (2006), 'Vulnerability and Mental Health', Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, vol 1, no 2 , pp 127 - 138.
  • Raphael, B. and Stevens, G. (2006), 'Disaster and response: Science, systems and realities', Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, vol 5, no 40636 , pp 1 - 22.
  • Stevens, G., Raphael, B., Wooding, S. and Connor, J. (2005), 'Comorbidity: Cannabis and Complexity', Journal of Psychiatric Practice, vol 11, no 3 , pp 161 - 176.
  • Clarke, A., Schnieden, V., Hamilton, B., Dudley, M., Einfeld, S., Stevens, G., Tobin, M. and Gibbs, N. (2004), 'Factors Associated with Treatment Compliance in Young People Following an Emergency Department Presentation for Deliberate Self-Harm', Archives of Suicide Research, vol 8, no 2 , pp 147 - 152.

Conference Papers

  • Schismenos, S., Stevens, G., Emmanouloudis, D., Georgeou, N., Shrestha, S. and Katopodes, N. (2021), 'A system approach to off-grid hydropower for community-led flood resilience', European Conference on Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency, virtual.
  • Schismenos, S., Chalaris, M., Emmanouloudis, D., Katopodes, N. and Stevens, G. (2019), 'Renewable energy generated by the impacts of natural and accidental water-based disasters', International Conference on Civil Protection and New Technology, Kozani, Greece.
  • Raphael, B., Wooding, S., Stevens, G. and Stewart, G. (2005), 'Terrorism & Disasters:Population Mental Health Approach', American Psychiatric Association, 158th Annual Meeting, Atlanta.

Other Publications

  • 2010, 'Modelling Hazard Perceptions and Response: Project PR08 - 0024: Final Report', Report

My research examines population preparedness for disasters and critical incidents, including occupational risk and resilience factors among emergency service workers, Disaster Medical Assistance Teams and humanitarian aid workers and trainees. My recent work with Aid Practitioners focuses on worker self-care in high pressure work environments. I am also involved in population mental health and epidemiology, including technology assisted mental health care in hospital and community settings.

My research falls into four primary areas:

(1) Community resilience to disaster impacts

(2) Occupational wellbeing and self-care among disaster relief and emergency service workers

(3) Humanitarian engineering – renewable energy for disaster early warning

(4) Technology assisted mental health care for deliberate self-harm

This information has been contributed by Doctor Stevens.

Previous Projects

Title: The human factors, including psycho-social impact of CBRN threat on the Australian public
Funder:
  • Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Org
Western Researchers: Beverley Raphael, Beryl Hesketh, Mel Taylor, Barbara Griffin and Garry Stevens
Years: 2007-06-19 - 2008-01-31
ID: P0015743
Title: Modelling Hazard Perceptions and Response
Funder:
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Western Researchers: Beverley Raphael, Kingsley Agho, Garry Stevens and Mel Taylor
Years: 2009-07-01 - 2011-05-30
ID: P00016642
Title: Terrorism and Pandemic Influenza: Population Risk Perception & Health Behaviour Determinants
Funder:
  • Emergency Management Australia
Western Researchers: Beverley Raphael, Louisa Jorm and Garry Stevens
Years: 2006-07-13 - 2007-06-30
ID: P0015082
Title: Partnership with Peking University Institute of Mental Health and Shanghai Mental Health Centre on Mitigating the Mental Health Consequences of Environmental Disasters
Funder:
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Beverley Raphael, Kingsley Agho, Mel Taylor and Garry Stevens
Years: 2012-05-07 - 2012-12-31
ID: P00020723
Title: The Surveillance and Intervention Network for the Evaluation of Self-harm (SINES): A pilot study in Western Sydney
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • WentWest Limited
  • Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Garry Stevens and Andrew Page
Years: 2018-01-15 - 2019-06-30
ID: P00024525
Title: SMS SOS: Optimisting SMS test message after-care for people who deliberately self-harm
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
Western Researchers: Garry Stevens and Kath Peters
Years: 2020-01-06 - 2020-12-31
ID: P00026153

Supervision

Doctor Stevens is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Investigating the Potential of Hydropower in Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Development
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Is there such a thing as a too `safe place for change'? An enquiry into how client dependency is understood by therapists and their clients
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Examining Drought Resilience in Eswatini and Lesotho
Field of Research: Environmental Studies, N.e.c.; Public Health, N.e.c.; Social Work
Thesis Title: The Psychosocial Impact of Labour Trafficking in Asia: a Study of Returned Bangladeshi Survivors
Field of Research: Human Welfare Studies And Services, N.e.c.; Psychology; Studies In Human Society, N.e.c.; Human Geography

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