Professor Stewart Dunn

Professor of Psychological Medicine
Psychiatry, Northern Clinical School

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Biographical details

Stewart Dunn is Professor of Psychological Medicine in Sydney Medical School - Northern and Associate Dean for Admissions. He is based at Royal North Shore Hospital, and is Visiting Medical Psychologist at the Mater Hospital. He has extensive teaching commitments in the Sydney Medical Program and his clinical specialty is psychological care of cancer patients and their families.

Stewart completed Fellowship studies in the USA and UK, and conducted research at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital before his appointment at RNSH in 1995. He has published widely in psychological aspects of medical illness and doctor-patient communication and he has received nine research travel awards and seven teaching awards including two USyd Faculty of Medicine Outstanding Teaching Award and theVice‑Chancellor’s Award for Support of the Student Experience in 2013. His other interests include multidisciplinary teams, medical error and open disclosure. As Director of the Pam McLean Centre he is responsible for facilitating actor-based workshops with health professionals across these areas in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Stewart suffers chronic withdrawal from three years of trekking in the Nepal Himalayas as a student in the late 1970s.

Selected grants

2006

  • Strengthen Cancer Care initiative - Infrastructure Support for Clinical Trials Program (Psycho-Oncology Cooperative Research Group); Butow P, Mason C, King M, Solomon M, Stockler M, Tattersall M, Meiser B, Kelly B, White K, Meiser B, King M, Dunn S, Girgis A; Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing/Strengthening Support For Cancer Care.

2005

  • NSW psycho-oncology cooperative research group; Solomon M, Butow P, Stockler M, Dunn S, Meiser B, Tattersall M, White K, King M, Meiser B, Girgis A, Kelly B, Mason C, King M; Cancer Institute New South Wales/Research Grants Program - Category 3.

2004

  • The role of psychosocial variables in the diagnosis and outcome of breast cancer; Tennant C, Kossoff M, Dunn S, Smith R; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2001

  • Psychological medicine research; Dunn S; Medicine Research/Medicine Grant Scheme.

2000

  • Energy expenditure and substrate utilisation in anorexia nervosa: effect of weight gain; Russell J, Baur L, Beumont P, Dunn S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
  • The meaning and measurment of compliance with treatment guidelines in asthma management; Dunn S, Woolcock A, Toelle B; Public Health Research and Development Committee/Research Project Grants.
  • Cancer patient education and role modelling for clinical decisions; Tattersall M, Butow P, Levi J, Dunn S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
  • Psychological interventions to improve survival and quality of life in melanoma patients; Dunn S, Coats A, Butow P; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Shaw, J., Brown, R., Dunn, S. (2013). A qualitative study of stress and coping responses in doctors breaking bad news. Patient Education and Counseling, 91(2), 243-248. [More Information]
  • Shaw, J., Brown, R., Heinrich, P., Dunn, S. (2013). Doctors' experience of stress during simulated bad news consultations. Patient Education and Counseling, 93(2), 203-208. [More Information]
  • Nisbet, G., Lincoln, M., Dunn, S. (2013). Informal interprofessional learning: an untapped opportunity for learning and change within the workplace. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 27(6), 469-475. [More Information]
  • Tiller, D., O'Mara, D., Rothnie, I., Dunn, S., Lee, L., Roberts, C. (2013). Internet-based multiple mini-interviews for candidate selection for graduate entry programmes. Medical Education, 48(8), 801-810. [More Information]
  • Stein, R., Sharpe, L., Bell, M., Boyle, F., Dunn, S., Clarke, S. (2013). Randomized Controlled Trial of a Structured Intervention to Facilitate End-of-Life Decision Making in Patients With Advanced Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 31(27), 3403-3410. [More Information]
  • Shaw, J., Dunn, S., Heinrich, P. (2012). Managing the delivery of bad news: An in-depth analysis of doctors' delivery style. Patient Education and Counseling, 87(2), 186-192. [More Information]
  • Tolerton, S., Shaw, J., O'Reilly, A., Dunn, S., Boyle, F. (2011). Exploring consent to randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials in oncology. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 7(3), 300-306. [More Information]
  • Livingston, P., White, V., Hayman, J., Maunsell, E., Dunn, S., Hill, D. (2010). The psychological impact of a specialist referral and telephone intervention on male cancer patients: a randomised controlled trial. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 19(6), 617-625. [More Information]
  • Brown, R., Dunn, S., Byrnes, K., Morris, R., Heinrich, P., Shaw, J. (2009). Doctors' stress responses and poor communication performance in simulated bad-news consultations. Academic Medicine, 84(11), 1595-1602. [More Information]
  • Brown, R., Valpiani, E., Tennant, C., Dunn, S., Sharrock, M., Hodgkinson, S., Pollard, J. (2009). Longitudinal assessment of anxiety, depression, and fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis. Psychology and Psychotherapy, 82(1), 41-56. [More Information]
  • Iedema, R., Jorm, C., Wakefield, J., Ryan, C., Dunn, S. (2008). Practising Open Disclosure: clinical incident communication and systems improvement. Sociology of health & illness, 31, 262-77. [More Information]
  • Brown, R., Tennant, C., Sharrock, M., Hodgkinson, S., Dunn, S., Pollard, J. (2006). Relationship between stress and relapse in multiple sclerosis: part I. Important features. Multiple Sclerosis: clinical and laboratory research, 12(4), 453-464.
  • Brown, R., Tennant, C., Sharrock, M., Hodgkinson, S., Dunn, S., Pollard, J. (2006). Relationship between stress and relapse in multiple sclerosis: part II. Direct and indirect relationships. Multiple Sclerosis: clinical and laboratory research, 12(4), 465-475.
  • Dunn, S. (2005). A conceptual framework for patient professional communication: An application to the cancer context. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 14(10), 810-811. [More Information]
  • Brown, R., Tennant, C., Dunn, S., Pollard, J. (2005). A review of stress-relapse interactions in multiple sclerosis: important features and stress-mediating and -moderating variables. Multiple Sclerosis: clinical and laboratory research, 11(4), 477-84. [More Information]
  • Dunn, S. (2005). Commentary on: A conceptual framework for patient-professional communication: An application to the cancer context. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 14, 810-811.
  • Dunn, S. (2005). Commentary on: Self-efficacy, coping, and difficulties interacting with health care professionals among women living with breast cancer in rural communities. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 14, 913-914.
  • Boyle, F., Robinson, E., Dunn, S., Heinrich, P. (2005). Multidisciplinary Care in Cancer: The Fellowship of the Ring. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 23(4), 916-920. [More Information]
  • Meiser, B., Dunn, S., Dixon, J., Powell, L. (2005). Psychological adjustment and knowledge about hereditary hemochromatosis in a clinic-based sample: a prospective study. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 14(6), 453-63. [More Information]
  • Dunn, S. (2005). Self-efficacy, coping, and difficulties interacting with health care professionals among women living with breast cancer in rural communities. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 14(10), 913-914. [More Information]
  • Boyle, F., Dunn, S., Robinson, E., Heinrich, P. (2004). Cancer: Communicating In The Team Game. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 74(6), 477-481.
  • Fraenkel, G., Comaish, I., Kelly, M., Dunn, S., Webber, S., Rogers, C., Lawless, M., Byth Wilson, K., Sutton, G. (2004). Development Of A Questionnaire To Assess Subjective Vision Score In Myopes Seeking Refractive Surgery. Journal of Refractive Surgery, 20(1), 10-19.
  • Dunn, S. (2003). Communication breakdown. Australian Doctor, 11, 1-1.
  • Boyle, F., Dunn, S., Riches, J. (2003). More than one way to foster communication skills for medical oncology fellows: a national program in Australia. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 11.
  • Potter, V., Wiseman, C., Dunn, S., Boyle, F. (2003). Patient barriers to optimal cancer pain control. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 12(2), 153-160. [More Information]
  • Schofield, P., Butow, P., Thompson, J., Tattersall, M., Beeney, L., Dunn, S. (2003). Psychological responses of patients receiving a diagnosis of cancer. Annals of Oncology, 14, 48-56.
  • Brown, R., Butow, P., Henman, M., Dunn, S., Boyle, F., Tattersall, M. (2002). Responding to the active and passive patient: flexibility is the key. Health Expectations, 5(3), 236-245.
  • MacCormack, T., Simonian, J., Lim, J., Butow, P., Redmond, D., Roets, D., Dunn, S. (2001). 'Someone who cares:' A qualitative investigation of cancer patients' experiences of psychotherapy. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 10(1), 52-65.
  • Price, M., Tennant, C., Smith, R., Butow, P., Kennedy, S., Kossoff, M., Dunn, S. (2001). The role of psychosocial factors in the development of breast carcinoma: Part I - The cancer prone personality. Cancer, 91(4), 679-685.

2013

  • Shaw, J., Brown, R., Dunn, S. (2013). A qualitative study of stress and coping responses in doctors breaking bad news. Patient Education and Counseling, 91(2), 243-248. [More Information]
  • Shaw, J., Brown, R., Heinrich, P., Dunn, S. (2013). Doctors' experience of stress during simulated bad news consultations. Patient Education and Counseling, 93(2), 203-208. [More Information]
  • Nisbet, G., Lincoln, M., Dunn, S. (2013). Informal interprofessional learning: an untapped opportunity for learning and change within the workplace. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 27(6), 469-475. [More Information]
  • Tiller, D., O'Mara, D., Rothnie, I., Dunn, S., Lee, L., Roberts, C. (2013). Internet-based multiple mini-interviews for candidate selection for graduate entry programmes. Medical Education, 48(8), 801-810. [More Information]
  • Stein, R., Sharpe, L., Bell, M., Boyle, F., Dunn, S., Clarke, S. (2013). Randomized Controlled Trial of a Structured Intervention to Facilitate End-of-Life Decision Making in Patients With Advanced Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 31(27), 3403-3410. [More Information]

2012

  • Shaw, J., Dunn, S., Heinrich, P. (2012). Managing the delivery of bad news: An in-depth analysis of doctors' delivery style. Patient Education and Counseling, 87(2), 186-192. [More Information]

2011

  • Tolerton, S., Shaw, J., O'Reilly, A., Dunn, S., Boyle, F. (2011). Exploring consent to randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials in oncology. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 7(3), 300-306. [More Information]

2010

  • Livingston, P., White, V., Hayman, J., Maunsell, E., Dunn, S., Hill, D. (2010). The psychological impact of a specialist referral and telephone intervention on male cancer patients: a randomised controlled trial. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 19(6), 617-625. [More Information]

2009

  • Brown, R., Dunn, S., Byrnes, K., Morris, R., Heinrich, P., Shaw, J. (2009). Doctors' stress responses and poor communication performance in simulated bad-news consultations. Academic Medicine, 84(11), 1595-1602. [More Information]
  • Brown, R., Valpiani, E., Tennant, C., Dunn, S., Sharrock, M., Hodgkinson, S., Pollard, J. (2009). Longitudinal assessment of anxiety, depression, and fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis. Psychology and Psychotherapy, 82(1), 41-56. [More Information]

2008

  • Iedema, R., Jorm, C., Wakefield, J., Ryan, C., Dunn, S. (2008). Practising Open Disclosure: clinical incident communication and systems improvement. Sociology of health & illness, 31, 262-77. [More Information]

2006

  • Brown, R., Tennant, C., Sharrock, M., Hodgkinson, S., Dunn, S., Pollard, J. (2006). Relationship between stress and relapse in multiple sclerosis: part I. Important features. Multiple Sclerosis: clinical and laboratory research, 12(4), 453-464.
  • Brown, R., Tennant, C., Sharrock, M., Hodgkinson, S., Dunn, S., Pollard, J. (2006). Relationship between stress and relapse in multiple sclerosis: part II. Direct and indirect relationships. Multiple Sclerosis: clinical and laboratory research, 12(4), 465-475.

2005

  • Dunn, S. (2005). A conceptual framework for patient professional communication: An application to the cancer context. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 14(10), 810-811. [More Information]
  • Brown, R., Tennant, C., Dunn, S., Pollard, J. (2005). A review of stress-relapse interactions in multiple sclerosis: important features and stress-mediating and -moderating variables. Multiple Sclerosis: clinical and laboratory research, 11(4), 477-84. [More Information]
  • Dunn, S. (2005). Commentary on: A conceptual framework for patient-professional communication: An application to the cancer context. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 14, 810-811.
  • Dunn, S. (2005). Commentary on: Self-efficacy, coping, and difficulties interacting with health care professionals among women living with breast cancer in rural communities. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 14, 913-914.
  • Boyle, F., Robinson, E., Dunn, S., Heinrich, P. (2005). Multidisciplinary Care in Cancer: The Fellowship of the Ring. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 23(4), 916-920. [More Information]
  • Meiser, B., Dunn, S., Dixon, J., Powell, L. (2005). Psychological adjustment and knowledge about hereditary hemochromatosis in a clinic-based sample: a prospective study. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 14(6), 453-63. [More Information]
  • Dunn, S. (2005). Self-efficacy, coping, and difficulties interacting with health care professionals among women living with breast cancer in rural communities. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 14(10), 913-914. [More Information]

2004

  • Boyle, F., Dunn, S., Robinson, E., Heinrich, P. (2004). Cancer: Communicating In The Team Game. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 74(6), 477-481.
  • Fraenkel, G., Comaish, I., Kelly, M., Dunn, S., Webber, S., Rogers, C., Lawless, M., Byth Wilson, K., Sutton, G. (2004). Development Of A Questionnaire To Assess Subjective Vision Score In Myopes Seeking Refractive Surgery. Journal of Refractive Surgery, 20(1), 10-19.

2003

  • Dunn, S. (2003). Communication breakdown. Australian Doctor, 11, 1-1.
  • Boyle, F., Dunn, S., Riches, J. (2003). More than one way to foster communication skills for medical oncology fellows: a national program in Australia. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 11.
  • Potter, V., Wiseman, C., Dunn, S., Boyle, F. (2003). Patient barriers to optimal cancer pain control. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 12(2), 153-160. [More Information]
  • Schofield, P., Butow, P., Thompson, J., Tattersall, M., Beeney, L., Dunn, S. (2003). Psychological responses of patients receiving a diagnosis of cancer. Annals of Oncology, 14, 48-56.

2002

  • Brown, R., Butow, P., Henman, M., Dunn, S., Boyle, F., Tattersall, M. (2002). Responding to the active and passive patient: flexibility is the key. Health Expectations, 5(3), 236-245.

2001

  • MacCormack, T., Simonian, J., Lim, J., Butow, P., Redmond, D., Roets, D., Dunn, S. (2001). 'Someone who cares:' A qualitative investigation of cancer patients' experiences of psychotherapy. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 10(1), 52-65.
  • Price, M., Tennant, C., Smith, R., Butow, P., Kennedy, S., Kossoff, M., Dunn, S. (2001). The role of psychosocial factors in the development of breast carcinoma: Part I - The cancer prone personality. Cancer, 91(4), 679-685.

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