Dr Anna Stowe Alrutz


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

B.A., International Affairs, 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

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. Still unclear is the degree of stress managed by non-professionally trained care-givers, such as spouses/partners.

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 summary of findings for the research with partners of emergency responders is now available at the following link:http://www.goodfellowunit.org/stowe

Further update about the research, such as publications and conference presentations, will be posted on the research Facebook page (@NZemergencyresponderpartners) and Twitter feed (@nzpartnerstress). 

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

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)