Doctor Steven Trankle

Doctor Steven Trankle

Associate Research Fellow,
School Of Medicine


Dr Trankle has an academic background in Psychology and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. He has experience with a range of research methodologies and their consonant theoretical approaches. His quantitative research evaluated the predictive and cross-cultural utility of two health belief measures on health behaviour. His PhD research involved a qualitative examination of the end-of-life decisions and practices of physicians, and their subsequent experiences. Focused toward Australian critical/acute and palliative settings, this research identified strategies for better integrating broad-reaching specialised end-of-life care across settings. His expertise in areas of mental health and integrated health care has engaged him most recently in research involving a mixed methods analysis of the Partners in Recovery Program in Nepean Blue Mountains using program logic modelling and a qualitative evaluation of the Western Sydney Integrated Care Program. He has also recently completed a qualitative evaluation of quality improvement initiatives designed to increase cancer screening rates in the Nepean Blue Mountains region. Dr Trankle has attracted external research funding of $350,000. He has published research and presented his work at numerous national and international conferences.  Dr Trankle has also been engaged in psychology-based academic teaching roles including unit coordination at the Western Sydney University since 2010. He supervises research students including MBBS Honours and research by general practitioners. Dr Trankle has recently been elected as an Academic Senate member of Western Sydney University.

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Translational Health Research Institute - THRI (2017)
  • Golden Key International Honour Society (2006)
  • Australian Psychological Society (2013)
  • International Society for Critical Health Psychology (2010)


  • End-of-Life Care
  • Integrated Health Care
  • Mental Health
  • Psychology

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School Of Medicine


Phone: (02) 4620 3930
Location: 30.3.18

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101193 Health Psychology, 2013
  • 101614 Psychology and Health, 2015
  • 101681 Abnormal Psychology, 2015
  • 17001 Behavioural Science, 2013


Journal Articles

  • Trankle, S., Shanmugam, S., Lewis, E., Nicholson, M., Hillman, K. and Cardona, M. (2020), 'Are we making progress on communication with people who are near the end of life in the Australian health system? : a thematic analysis', Health Communication, vol 35, no 2 , pp 158 - 167.
  • Trankle, S. and Reath, J. (2019), 'Partners in Recovery : an early phase evaluation of an Australian mental health initiative using program logic and thematic analysis', BMC Health Services Research, vol 19 .
  • Trankle, S., Usherwood, T., Abbott, P., Roberts, M., Crampton, M., Girgis, C., Riskallah, J., Chang, Y., Saini, J. and Reath, J. (2019), 'Integrating health care in Australia : a qualitative evaluation', BMC Health Services Research, vol 19, no 1 .
  • Lewis, E., Cardona-Morrell, M., Ong, K., Trankle, S. and Hillman, K. (2016), 'Evidence still insufficient that advance care documentation leads to engagement of healthcare professionals in end-of-life discussions : a systematic review', Palliative Medicine, vol 30, no 4 , pp 807 - 824.
  • Trankle, S. (2014), 'Is a good death possible in Australian critical and acute settings? : physician experiences with end-of-life care', BMC Palliative Care, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Trankle, S. (2014), 'Decisions that hasten death : double effect and the experiences of physicians in Australia', BMC Medical Ethics, vol 15, no 3 .
  • Trankle, S. (2009), 'Dream manifestations: A paranomal experience?', Australian Journal of Parapsychology, vol 9, no 2 , pp 149 - 164.
  • Trankle, S. and Haw, J. (2009), 'Predicting Australian Health Behaviour from Health Beliefs', Electronic Journal of Applied Psychology, vol 5, no 2 , pp 9 - 17.

Other Publications

  • 2018, 'Evaluation of Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN) Cancer Screening Program', Report
  • 2017, 'The Western Sydney Integrated Care Program: Qualitative Evaluation', Report
  • 2015, 'The Nepean Blue Mountains Partners in Recovery Evaluation', Report

Previous Projects

Title: Evaluation of Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network Cancer Screening Programs
  • Wentworth Healthcare Limited
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath and Steven Trankle
Years: 2017-01-31 - 2018-06-30
ID: P00023939

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