Dr Stacy Blythe


Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery


Stacy Blythe is a senior lecturer and Director of Engagement & International in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University. Stacy has published more than 15 papers and has given papers at over 25 conferences and seminars with many of these being invited keynote addresses. Stacy has received over 14 awards and scholarships, including the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence and the University Medal for Outstanding Scholarship. Stacy has a growing profile in the area of foster care. She provides training on both a national and international stage for foster carers who care for infants and children with a history of substance exposure. As an authorised Foster Carer, Stacy also has first-hand experience caring for infants and children with a history of substance exposure. Stacy is a member of the Australian Council of Parents, Families and Carers.

Stacy has experience with qualitative methodologies and systematic reviews. She teaches in the undergraduate research methodologies unit and provides research training and mentoring to Registered Nurses and Clinical Nurse Consultants in the local health district.

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

Stacy competed her PhD in 2013 and commenced supervising higher degree students. Stacy is currently supervising one PhD Candidate, two BN(Hons) students and mentoring two BN(Adv) students and one Clinical Nurse Consultant from the local health district.

Stacy has been Deputy Director for Clinical Education 2013-2014, the school coordinator for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and alumni 2015, and became the Director for Engagement & International in 2016.


  • Council of Parents Families and Carers (2017 - 2017)
  • Hawkesbury Foundation (2016)
  • Western Sydney Homeless Connect Steering Committee (2016)


  • Bachelor of Nursing, Undergraduate Clinical Directorate
  • School Academic Committee
  • School Strategy Committee
  • University Directors of Engagement

Research Interests

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

Qualifications and Recognition

  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education Western Sydney University
  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • BN University of Western Sydney
  • 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 - Bahcelor 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