Dr Stacy Blythe is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at 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 18+ years. Drawing on her skills as a nurse, knowledge as a researcher and experience as a carer, Stacy provides training to healthcare 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.