Dr Stephen Loew

Honorary Associate - School of Science and Technology


Dr Stephen Loew is a multidisciplinary scientist who obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of New England, Australia, followed by a Science with Honours Degree (research), which investigated reading and attention difficulties. He also obtained his PhD Doctorate at the same university (Education Science; however with an interdisciplinary approach encompassing the fields of Bioscience, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Physics, Neurology, and Psychology).

Dr Loew’s PhD research project expanded upon novel findings resulting from his BSc Honours research, by further investigating biophysical and genetic factors in visual-sensory deficits and their potential role(s) in declining rates of student literacy and numeracy. In 2013 & 2014, he also conducted investigations during invited research attachments at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Oviedo, Spain, and at the Psychology Department of Sunway University, Malaysia.

His continuing research interests concern the role of visual-sensory factors in reading problems; the epidemiology of the common visual processing disorder Meares-Irlen/visual stress syndrome, also known as Visual Stress (VS); the overlap of VS symptoms with ADHD and other learning disorders; and the potential effects of increasingly brighter fluorescent lighting and visual media in schools upon student literacy and numeracy.
His research in these areas has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and has also been presented at several international conferences. Dr Loew is a researcher of VS who actually has the condition, and this has undoubtedly contributed to his reputation for novel research ideas and insights in relation to reading and attentional disorders. Dr Loew’s current research projects continue to engage international collaboration with the University of Oviedo (Spain), and Sunway University (Malaysia), with his ongoing collaboration at the University of New England, Australia.