Dr Anna Stowe Alrutz


PhD, Community Health, the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 2017.

M.A., Integrated Marketing Communications, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2006. 

B.A., International Affairs, the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA, 1990. 


Alrutz, S., Kool, B., Robinson, T., Moyes, S., Huggard, P., Hoare, K. & Arroll, B. (2015). The psychopathology of James Bond and its implications for the revision of the DSM-(007). MJA- Medical Journal of Australia,  203 (11): 452-456.  https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2015/203/11/psychopathology-james-bond-and-its-implications-revision-dsm-007

Alrutz, S., Buetow, S., Huggard, P. & Cameron, L. (2015, October). What happens at work goes home. Poster presented at the Australasian Trauma Society Conference, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.

Arroll, B., Alrutz, S., & Moyes, S. (2014). Christmas 2014: On the wards, in the surgery.  An exploration of the basis for patient complaints about the oldness of magazines in practice waiting rooms: cohort study. BMJ-British Medical Journal, 349, g7262.  http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g7262  

Alrutz, A. S. (2006). The role of communication, prior experience and beliefs as factors influencing combat stress recommendations from military spouses. Electronic Theses, Treatises and Dissertations. Paper 185. http://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2553&context=etd

Research | Current

What happens at work goes home: Investigating secondary traumatic stress and social support among the partners of New Zealand's Police, Fire, Ambulance and Defence personnel.

Police, fire, ambulance and military personnel are at increased risk for primary traumatic stress. Professional caregivers who treat the traumatised are at higher risk of developing secondary traumatic stress. This PhD examined the degree of stress managed by spouses/partners of New Zealand's responders and military personnel.

Main research question:

How do the spouses/partners of New Zealand’s emergency responders manage their own experiences in relation to work-induced stress experienced by their emergency responder partner?

Online Survey:

Partners/spouses of New Zealand’s Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedic/Ambulance Officers and Defence Force personnel were invited to take part in this research (as well as those who are both emergency responders and the partner of an emergency responder). This anonymous survey asked about resiliency, social support, traumatic life events, stigma towards helpseeking and sources of information for stress management. This survey also asked for opinions on a variety of other issues related to being the partner of individuals working in these military or first responder organisations. 

The thesis is available at the following link: https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/bitstream/handle/2292/34466/whole.pdf?sequence=2 


Supervisors: A/Prof Stephen Buetow, Dr. Peter Huggard and Prof Linda Cameron.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)