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Research interests

My main area of research interest is in counselling, which supports a variety of related questions - how do counsellors develop professionally? How effective is training in counselling skills? How can therapy be enhanced, for example with use of technology or optimising counselling room design, and how effective are different theoretical approaches with different presenting issues. I am also interested in understanding what promotes wellbeing, for example, physical activity, understanding how people adjust to change, and grief and loss. 

Research methods: Qualitative interviews, thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), systematic review

Research design: Cohort design, randomised control trial, pre- to post-intervention comparison, survey, qualitative interview


  • Counselling
  • Wellbeing

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Research Output 2014 2018

A new education pathway for postgraduate psychology students: challenges and opportunities

Reupert, A., Davis, M., Stewart, S. & Bridgman, H., 2018, In : Australian Journal of Adult Learning. 58, 2, p. 225-245 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A systematic scoping review of adolescent mental health treatment using mobile apps

Gindidis, S., Stewart, S. & Roodenburg, J., Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Advances in Mental Health. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Development of the psychologist and counsellor self-efficacy scale

Watt, H., Ehrich, J., Stewart, S. E., Snell, T., Bucich, M., Jacobs, N., Furlonger, B. & English, D., 5 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning. 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

The Lived Experience of Companion-animal Loss: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies

Kemp, H. R., Jacobs, N. & Stewart, S., 30 Dec 2016, In : Anthrozoos. 29, 4, p. 533-557 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Australian Postgraduate Award

Sandy Stewart (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)