Dr Stephen Tang

LLB (Hons I), BPsych (Hons I), GDLP, LLM (Legal Practice), PhD (Clinical Psychology), AMusA, Australian Lawyer, Registered Psychologist, MAPS
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Stephen Tang is an interdisciplinary scholar who applies psychological theory and methods – especially from clinical psychology, experimental psychology and decision science – to understand and reform legal regulation, legal education and the legal profession.

Stephen has led quantitative and qualitative empirical work on projects investigating the psychological wellbeing and mental health of law students and lawyers. His research has included extensive psychometric research investigating personal and institutional factors associated with improved and impaired wellbeing (with Anneka Ferguson and A/Prof Molly Townes O’Brien). Stephen is also involved in a multi-stage project on the development of ethical professional identity and capability in newly-admitted Australian lawyers (with Prof Tony Foley, A/Prof Vivien Holmes and Margie Rowe).

With Prof Tony Foley, Stephen has been examining the positive role of uncertainty and ignorance in legal education and practice. He is also actively involved on research in emerging and interdisciplinary fields such as behavioural legal ethics, therapeutic jurisprudence, mental health law and empirical methods in legal regulation and evaluation.

Stephen teaches in LAWS4260 (Law and Psychology) and in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program, and actively supervises law honours students interested in interdisciplinary legal-psychological topics.

In addition to his legal qualifications, Stephen holds a PhD (Clinical Psychology) from the ANU Research School of Psychology. His doctoral research developed a new psychological model of indecision and indecisiveness, informed by behavioural, psychophysiological and experimental studies.

Stephen has previously worked as a legal and policy adviser in the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist in ACT Health and in other mental health legal policy roles. Stephen has also acted as a consultant to the World Health Organization on global mental health law and human rights, and previously worked as a commercial lawyer. Stephen is currently the Secretary of the ACT Branch of ANZAPPL (the Australian and New Zealand Association for Psychiatry, Psychology and Law).

Significant research publications

Recent news

Kathy Liu
ANU Law graduand Kathy Liu was recently named a Global Winner in the 2017 Undergraduate Award for law, for a research essay written for LAWS4260 Law and Psychology.
Helping junior lawyers thrive
The transition from law student to newly-admitted lawyer is a critical time, not only for the mental health and wellbeing of these lawyers but for the future of the profession.
A national forum hosted by the ANU Legal Workshop and the Wellness Network for Law will reinforce the importance of wellbeing for those working in the legal profession and the need for systemic reforms, rather than Band-Aid solutions.

In the Media

Stephen Tang quoted in Lawyers Weekly
Stephen Tang quoted in Lawyers Weekly
Stephen Tang speaks to Lawyers Weekly

Past events

NJCA Flyer
9.00AM to 5.00PM Conference
  • Justice Stephen Gageler AC, High Court of Australia

This conference brings together members of the judiciary, academics, policy makers and experts in fields such as psychology, to consider current issues and challenges in the Australian justice system.

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2016 LAWS4260
Class #7923
Law and Psychology


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