Associate Professor Stacy Blythe


Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery


Stacy Blythe is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University, and the Deputy Director of the Translational Research and Social Innovation (TReSI) group at the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research. Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children in out-of-home care and their families (both birth and foster families). As a lecturer in Infant Mental Health, she is particularly interested in infants who are prenatally exposed to harmful substances (eg. illicit drugs). In addition to her nursing, teaching and research qualifications, Stacy has post graduate certification in Developmental Trauma. Stacy has also been an authorised foster carer for 17+ years. Drawing on her skills as a nurse, knowledge as a researcher and experience as a carer, Stacy provides training to health care workers, social service providers, educators and foster/kinship carers in relation to working with children who have prenatal substance exposure and/or have experienced trauma.

Stacy has experience with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and literature reviews. She provides research supervision to undergraduate honours and higher degree research students.

Research interests include: infant mental health, substance exposed infants, foster care, foster carers, the foster care family.


  • International Foster Care Organisation (Board Member since 2019)
  • Hawkesbury Foundation (Board Member since 2016)

Research Interests

  • Foster Care
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Psychological Attachment
  • Substance Exposed Infants

Qualifications and Recognition

  • Master of Business Administration (2020)
  • Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma (2018)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (2016)
  • PhD University of Western Sydney (2013)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Hons I) (2009)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Distinction) (2003)
  • Best Presentation UWS College of Health and Science Research Futures Forum 2011-07-05
  • Research Training Scheme Scholarship 2009-02-02
  • Scholarly Productivity and Academic Development Grant 2008-07-01
  • UWS Medal - Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) 2009-11-02
  • Blacktown City Scholarship (highest GPA) 2002-11-04
  • Blacktown City Scholarship (highest GPA) 2003-11-03
  • Sydney Mechanics School of Arts Award 2003-11-03
  • 2/5 Australian General Hospital Prize 2003-11-03
  • Blacktown Tertiary Scholarship 2002-02-01
  • Nomination for Australian of the Year 2016 2017-01-01

Research & Publications

Contact Details
Telephone+61 2 4620 3762
LocationBuilding 7, Campbelltown