Dr Steven Trankle


Research Fellow in the 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.

Dr Trankle's expertise in areas of mental health and integrated health care has engaged him 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. His more recent and current research involves a qualitative evaluation of quality improvement initiatives designed to increase cancer screening rates in the Nepean Blue Mountains region, and mixed methods evaluations of an afterhours telehealth pilot in aged care facilities in Nepean Blue Mountains and a new integrated care program (My Care Partners) in south western Sydney.

Since 2017 Dr Trankle has attracted external research funding of over $870,000. 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 PhD and GP registrars. Dr Trankle is a member of the WSU Academic Senate.

Research Interests

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


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

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD Western Sydney University

Research and Publications

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 4620 3930
LocationBuilding 30, Campbelltown Campus