Professor Jane Ussher

Professor Jane Ussher

PROFESSOR,
Centre for Health Research

Biography

Awarded a personal chair in Women's Health Psychology in 2002, Jane Ussher has been working on research on gendered health, since she started her PhD in 1983. Her research focuses on examining gendered factors underlying mental health problems, subjectivity and identity in relation to the reproductive body and sexuality, and gendered issues in cancer and cancer care. As a trained clinical psychologist, she has also made a contribution to the integration of research and clinical practice in women's health, and has developed a women centred psychological treatment for PMS, and minimal interventions in the area of cancer and sexuality.

Jane is editor of the Routledge Women and Psychology book series, and author of a number of books, including The Psychology of the Female Body (Routlege 1989), Women's Madness: Misogyny or Mental Illness? (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991), Fantasies of Femininity: Reframing the Boundaries of Sex (Pengin, 1997), Managing the Monstrous Feminine: Regulating the Reproductive Body (Routledge, 2007) and The Madness of Women: Myth and Experience (Routledge, 2011).

She has also edited a number of books: Gender Issues in Clinical Psychology (with Paula Nicolson; Routledge 1992); The Psychology of Women's Health and Health Care (McMillan, 1992); Psychological Perspectives on Sexual Problems (Routledge, 1993); Bodytalk: The Material and Discursive Regulation of Madness, Sexuality and Reproduction (Routledge, 1997); and Women's Health: Contemporary International Perspectives (Blackwell, 2000).

Her current funded projects include an examination of couple interventions for premenstrual distress; sexual health in refugee and non-English speaking migrant women; sexuality and fertility in the context of cancer; young women’s experiences of smoking; and LGBT experiences of cancer.

This information has been contributed by Professor Ussher.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of London
  • BA University of Exeter
  • Dip(Psych) British Psychological Society

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Centre for Health Research

Contact

Email: J.Ussher@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4620 3953
Mobile:
Location: 3.G.08
Campbelltown
Website:

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Publications

Books

  • Ussher, J. (2011), 'The Madness of Women: Myth and Experience', : Routledge 9780415339278.
  • Ussher, J. (2006), 'Managing the monstrous feminine - regulating the reproductive body', : Routledge 0415328101.

Chapters in Books

  • Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Parton, C. (2015), 'Menopause and sexuality : resisting representations of the abject asexual woman', The Wrong Prescription for Women: How Medicine and Media Create a "Need" for Treatments, Drugs, and Surgery, Praeger 9781440831768.
  • Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2014), '"I used to think I was going a little crazy" : women's resistance to the pathologization of premenstrual change', Women Voicing Resistance: Discursive and Narrative Explorations, Routledge 9781848721036.
  • Ussher, J. (2014), 'Premenstrual dysphoric disorder', Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, Springer 9781461455820.
  • Ussher, J. (2014), 'Depression', Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, Springer 9781461455820.
  • Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2014), 'Discourse analysis', Qualitative Research in Clinical and Health Psychology, Palgrave 9781137291042.
  • Ussher, J., Gilbert, E. and Perz, J. (2014), ' Sex after cancer : women renegotiating sex outside the coital imperative', The Praeger Handbook on Women's Cancers: Personal and Psychosocial Insights, Praeger 9781440828133.
  • Ussher, J. (2014), 'Madness', Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, Springer 9781461455820.
  • Perz, J., Ussher, J. and Gilbert, E. (2014), 'The experience and construction of changes in women's sexuality after breast cancer : a material-discursive-intrapsychic analysis', The Praeger Handbook on Women's Cancers: Personal and Psychosocial Insights, Praeger 9781440828133.
  • Ussher, J., Gilbert, E. and Perz, J. (2013), 'The experience and construction of changes to women's sexuality after breast cancer', The Essential Handbook of Women's Sexuality, Praeger 9780313397097.
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J., Gilbert, E., Hawkins, Y. and Wong, W. (2012), 'Sexuality and intimacy in the context of cancer', Topics in Cancer Survivorship, InTech 9789533078946.
  • Ussher, J. (2012), 'Gedveiki kvenna : Godsagnir og veruleki', Vid Goda Heilsu? Konur og Heilbrigdi i nutimasamfelagi, Haskolautgafan 9789979549727.
  • Ussher, J. (2011), 'Gender Matters: Differences in Depression between Women and Men.', Sage Handbook of Mental Health and Illness, Sage 9781847873828.
  • Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2010), 'Disruption of the Silenced Self: The Case of Premenstrual Syndrome', Silencing the Self Across Cultures - Depression and gender in the social world, Oxford University Press 9780195398090.
  • Perz, J. and Ussher, J. (2009), 'Connectedness, communication and reciprocity in lesbian relationships: implications for women?s construction and experience of PMS', The Story of Sexual Identity - Narrative Perspectives on the Gay and Lesbian Life Course, Oxford University Press 9780195326789.
  • Ussher, J. (2009), 'Sexual science and the law - regulating sex - reifying the power of the heterosexual man', Sex, Gender and sexuality - the new basics - an anthology, Oxford University Press 9780195332896.
  • Ussher, J. (2009), 'Madness and misogyny: my mother and myself', Mental Health Still Matters, Palgrave macmillan 9780230577299.
  • Ussher, J. (2008), 'Managing the monstrous feminine: the role of premenstrual syndrome in the subjectification of women', Contesting ILLNESS, University of Arizona Press 9780802095121.
  • Ussher, J. (2007), 'Gender issues and women's health', Cambridge handbook of Psychology, health and medicine, Cambridge University Press 0521605105.
  • Ussher, J. (2007), 'Premenstrual syndrome', Cambridge handbook of Psychology, health and medicine, Cambridge University Press 0521605105.
  • Ussher, J. (2006), 'A bere lesbisk - fropp, kultur eller begge delar', Lesbiske og homofile i mote med helse-og sosialtenesta, Samlaget 8252165745.
  • Ussher, J. (2005), 'Unravelling Women's Madness: Beyond Postitivism and Constructivism and Towards a Material-Discursive-Intrapsychic Approach', Women, Madness and the Law: a feminist reader, Glasshouse Press 1904385095.
  • Ussher, J. (2004), 'The Ongoing Silencing of Women in Families: An Analysis and Rethinking of Premenstrual Syndrome and Therapy', 14th International Conference of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology - International Proceedings, Medimond Publishing Co 8875870438.
  • Ussher, J. (2004), 'Depression in the post natal period: a normal response to motherhood', Pregnancy, Birth and Maternity Care: Feminist Perspectives, Elsevier Ltd 0750656018.
  • Ussher, J. (2004), 'Blaming the body for distress:Prememstrual Dysphoric Disorder and subjectification of women', Sex and the Body, Dunmore Press 0864694571.
  • Ussher, J. (2004), 'Reconceptualising Reproductive Disorders: The Development of a Material -Discursive-Intrapsychic Apprroach', 14th International Conference of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology - International Proceedings, Merimond 8875870438.
  • Ussher, J. (2003), 'Working with adult survivors of childhood abuse: the prevention and amelioration of psychological and physical problems', Family violence in primary care, Oxford University Press 0192628283.
  • Ussher, J. (2002), 'Premenstrual Syndrome: Fact, fantasy or fiction', Psychology at teh Turn of the Millennium volume 2: Social, developmental, and clinical perspectives, Psychology Press 1841691992.

Journal Articles

  • Ussher, J., Cummings, J., Dryden, A. and Perz, J. (2016), 'Talking about fertility in the context of cancer : health care professional perspectives', European Journal of Cancer Care, vol 25, no 1 , pp 99 - 111.
  • Gilbert, E., Perz, J. and Ussher, J. (2016), 'Talking about sex with health professionals : the experience of people with cancer and their partners', European Journal of Cancer Care, vol 25, no 2 , pp 280 - 293.
  • Parton, C., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2016), 'Women's construction of embodiment and the abject sexual body after cancer', Qualitative Health Research, vol 26, no 4 , pp 490 - 503.
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J., Kellett, A., Chambers, S., Latini, D., Davis, I., Rose, D., Dowsett, G. and Williams, S. (2016), 'Health-related quality of life, psychological distress, and sexual changes following prostate cancer : a comparison of gay and bisexual men with heterosexual men', Journal of Sexual Medicine, vol 13, no 3 , pp 425 - 434.
  • Rose, D., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2016), '[In Press] Let's talk about gay sex : gay and bisexual men's sexual communication with healthcare professionals after prostate cancer', European Journal of Cancer Care, .
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J., Rose, D., Dowsett, G., Chambers, S., Williams, S., Davis, I. and Latini, D. (2016), '[In Press] Threat of sexual disqualification : the consequences of erectile dysfunction and other sexual changes for gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer', Archives of Sexual Behavior, .
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J., Gilbert, E., Australian Cancer and Sexuality Study Team, .. and Wong, W. (2015), 'Perceived causes and consequences of sexual changes after cancer for women and men : a mixed method study', BMC Cancer, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Perz, J. and Ussher, J. (2015), 'A randomized trial of a minimal intervention for sexual concerns after cancer : a comparison of self-help and professionally delivered modalities', BMC Cancer, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Parton, C. (2015), 'Sex and the menopausal woman : a critical review and analysis', Feminism & Psychology, vol 25, no 4 , pp 449 - 468.
  • Read, J., Perz, J. and Ussher, J. (2014), 'Ways of coping with premenstrual change: development and validation of a premenstrual coping measure', BMC Women's Health, vol 14, no 1 , pp 1 - 15.
  • Wray, A., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2014), 'Constructions and experiences of sexual health among young, heterosexual, unmarried Muslim women immigrants in Australia', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol 16, no 1 , pp 76 - 89.
  • Perz, J., Ussher, J., Gilbert, E. and The Australian Cancer and Sexuality Study Team, .. (2014), 'Feeling well and talking about sex : psycho-social predictors of sexual functioning after cancer', BMC Cancer, vol 14 .
  • Perz, J., Ussher, J. and Gilbert, E. (2014), 'Loss, uncertainty, or acceptance : subjective experience of changes to fertility after breast cancer ', European Journal of Cancer Care, vol 23, no 4 , pp 514 - 522.
  • Churruca, K., Perz, J. and Ussher, J. (2014), 'Uncontrollable behavior or mental illness? : exploring constructions of bulimia using Q methodology', Journal of Eating Disorders, vol 2, no 1 .
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Gilbert, E. (2014), 'Women's sexuality after cancer : a qualitative analysis of sexual changes and renegotiation', Women and Therapy, vol 37, no 3-4 , pp 205 - 211.
  • Dryden, A., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2014), 'Young women's construction of their post-cancer fertility', Psychology & Health, vol 29, no 11 , pp 1341 - 1360.
  • Gilbert, E., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2014), ''Not that I want to be thought of as a hero' : narrative analysis of performative masculinities and the experience of informal cancer caring', Psychology and Health, vol 29, no 12 , pp 1442 - 1457.
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J. and May, E. (2014), 'Pathology or source of power? : the construction and experience of premenstrual syndrome within two contrasting cases', Feminism and Psychology, vol 24, no 3 , pp 332 - 351.
  • Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2013), 'PMS as a gendered illness linked to the construction and relational experience of hetero-femininity', Sex Roles, vol 68, no 1-2 , pp 132 - 150.
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Gilbert, E. (2013), 'Information needs associated with changes to sexual well-being after breast cancer', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 69, no 2 , pp 327 - 337.
  • Smith, C., Carmady, B., Thornton, C., Perz, J. and Ussher, J. (2013), 'The effect of acupuncture on post-cancer fatigue and well-being for women recovering from breast cancer : a pilot randomised controlled trial', Acupuncture in medicine, vol 31, no 1 , pp 9 - 15.
  • Perz, J., Ussher, J. and Gilbert, E. (2013), 'Constructions of sex and intimacy after cancer : Q methodology study of people with cancer, their partners, and health professionals', BMC Cancer, vol 13, no 270 , pp 1 - 13.
  • Gilbert, E., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2013), 'Embodying sexual subjectivity after cancer : a qualitative study of people with cancer and intimate partners', Psychology & Health, vol 28, no 6 , pp 603 - 619.
  • Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2013), 'PMS as a process of negotiation : women?s experience and management of premenstrual distress', Psychology & Health, vol 28, no 8 , pp 909 - 927.
  • Ussher, J. (2013), 'Diagnosing difficult women and pathologising femininity : gender bias in psychiatric nosology', Feminism and Psychology, vol 23, no 1 , pp 63 - 69.
  • Ussher, J., Sandoval, M., Perz, J., Wong, W. and Butow, P. (2013), 'The gendered construction and experience of difficulties and rewards in cancer care', Qualitative Health Research, vol 23, no 7 , pp 900 - 915.
  • King, M. and Ussher, J. (2013), 'It's not all bad : women's construction and lived experience of positive premenstrual change', Feminism and Psychology, vol 23, no 3 , pp 399 - 417.
  • Gilbert, E., Ussher, J., Perz, J., Wong, W., Hobbs, K. and Mason, C. (2013), 'Men's experiences of sexuality after cancer : a material discursive intra-psychic approach', Culture, Health & Sexuality, vol 15, no 8 , pp 881 - 895.
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J., Gilbert, E., Wong, W. and Hobbs, K. (2013), 'Renegotiating sex and intimacy after cancer : resisting the coital imperative', Cancer Nursing, vol 36, no 6 , pp 454 - 462.
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J., Gilbert, E., Wong, W., Mason, C., Hobbs, K. and Kirsten, L. (2013), 'Talking about sex after cancer : a discourse analytic study of health care professional accounts of sexual communication with patients', Psychology and Health, vol 28, no 12 , pp 1370 - 1390.
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Gilbert, E. (2012), 'Changes to sexual well-being and intimacy after breast cancer', Cancer Nursing, vol 35, no 6 , pp 456 - 465.
  • Ussher, J., Rhyder-Obid, M., Perz, J., Rae, M., Wong, W. and Newman, P. (2012), 'Purity, privacy and procreation : constructions and experiences of sexual and reproductive health in Assyrian and Karen women living in Australia', Sexuality and Culture, vol 16, no 4 , pp 467 - 485.
  • Perz, J., Ussher, J., Butow, P. and Wain, G. (2011), 'Gender differences in cancer carer psychological distress: An analysis of moderators and mediators', European Journal of Cancer Care, vol 20, no 5 , pp 610 - 619.
  • Smith, C., Ussher, J., Perz, J., Carmady, B. and de Lacey, S. (2011), 'The effect of acupuncture on psychosocial outcomes for women experiencing infertility: A pilot randomized controlled trial', Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol 17, no 10 , pp 923 - 930.
  • Ussher, J., Wong, W. and Perz, J. (2011), 'A qualitative analysis of changes in relationship dynamics and roles between people with cancer and their primary informal carer', Health, vol 15, no 6 , pp 650 - 667.
  • Gilbert, E., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2011), 'Sexuality after gynaecological cancer: A reviw of the material, intrapsychic, and discursive aspects of treatment on women's sexual wellbeing', Maturitas, vol 70, no 1 , pp 42 - 57.
  • Ussher, J. (2010), 'Are we medicalizing women's misery? : a critical review of women's higher rates of reported depression', Feminism and Psychology, vol 20, no 1 , pp 9 - 35.
  • Gilbert, E., Chessor, D., Perz, J. and Ussher, J. (2010), 'The classroom project : an Australian intervention programme working with students "at risk" of school disengagement', The International Journal of Learning, vol 17, no 4 , pp 283 - 296.
  • Gilbert, E., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2010), 'Sexuality after breast cancer : a review', Maturitas, vol 66, no 4 , pp 397 - 407.
  • Gilbert, E., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2010), 'Renegotiating sexuality and intimacy in the context of cancer : the experiences of carers', Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol 39, no 4 , pp 998 - 1009.
  • Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2010), 'Gender differences in self-silencing and psychological distress in informal cancer carers', Psychology of Women Quarterly, vol 34, no 2 , pp 228 - 242.
  • Mooney-Somers, J. and Ussher, J. (2010), 'Sex as commodity : single and partnered men's subjectification as heterosexual men', Men and Masculinities, vol 12, no 3 , pp 353 - 373.
  • Gilbert, E., Ussher, J., Perz, J., Hobbs, K. and Kirsten, L. (2010), 'Positive and negative interactions with health professionals : a qualitative investigation of the experiences of informal cancer carers', Cancer Nursing: An International Journal for Cancer Care, vol 33, no 6 , pp 1 - 9.
  • Wong, W. and Ussher, J. (2009), 'Bereaved informal cancer carers making sense of the palliative care experiences at home', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol 17, no 3 , pp 274 - 282.
  • Ussher, J. (2009), 'Heterocentric Practices in Health Research and Healthcare: Implications for Mental Health and Subjectivity of LGBTQ Individuals', Feminism & Psychology, vol 19, no 4 , pp 561 - 567.
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J., Hawkins, Y. and Brack, M. (2009), 'Evaluating the efficacy of psycho-social intervention for informal carers of cancer patients: a systematic review of research literature', Health Psychology Review, vol 3, no 1 , pp 85 - 107.
  • Gilbert, E., Ussher, J. and Hawkins, Y. (2009), 'Accounts of disruptions to sexuality following cancer: the perspecive of informal careres who are partners of a person with cancer', Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine, vol 13, no 5 , pp 523 - 541.
  • Hawkins, Y., Ussher, J., Gilbert, E., Perz, J., Sandoval, M. and Sundquist, K. (2009), 'Changes in sexuality and intimacy after the diagnosis and treatment of cancer', Cancer Nursing: An international journal for cancer care, vol 32, no 4 , pp 271 - 280.
  • Wong, W., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2009), 'Strength through adversity : bereaved cancer carers' accounts of rewards and personal growth from caring', Palliative and Supportive Care, vol 7, no 2 , pp 187 - 196.
  • Butow, P., Beeney, L., Juraskova, I., Ussher, J. and Zordan, R. (2009), 'The gains and pains of being a cancer support group leader: a qualitative survey of rewards and challenges', Social Work in Health Care, vol 48, no 8 , pp 750 - 767.
  • Wong, W. and Ussher, J. (2008), 'How do subjectively constructed meanings ascribed to anti-HIV treatments affect treatment-adherent practice?', Qualitative Health Research, vol 18, no 4 , pp 458 - 468.
  • Ussher, J. (2008), 'Challenging the positioning of premenstrual change as PMS : the impact of a psychological intervention on women's self-policing', Qualitative Research in Psychology, vol 5, no 1 , pp 33 - 44.
  • Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2008), 'Empathy, egalitarianism and emotion work in the relational negotiation of pms : the experience of women in lesbian relationships', Feminism and Psychology, vol 18, no 1 , pp 87 - 111.
  • Wong, W. and Ussher, J. (2008), 'Life with HIV and AIDS in the era of effective treatments : it's not just about living longer!', Social Theory and Health, vol 6, no 2 , pp 117 - 131.
  • Ayling, K. and Ussher, J. (2008), 'If sex hurts, am I still a woman? : the subjective experience of vulvodynia in hetero-sexual women', Archives of sexual behaviour, vol 37, no 2 , pp 294 - 304.
  • Ussher, J., Kirsten, L., Butow, P. and Sandoval, M. (2008), 'A qualitative analysis of reasons for leaving, or not attending a cancer support group', Social Work in Health Care, vol 47, no 1 , pp 14 - 29.
  • Mooney-Somers, J., Perz, J. and Ussher, J. (2008), 'A complex negotiation: Women's experiences of naming and not naming premenstrual distress in couple relationships', Women & Health, vol 47, no 3 , pp 57 - 77.
  • Ussher, J. and Sandoval, M. (2008), 'Gender difference in the construction and experience of cancer care: The consequences of the gendered positioning of carers', Psychology & Health, vol 23, no 8 , pp 945 - 963.
  • Chessor, D., Gilbert, E., Perz, J. and Ussher, J. (2008), 'Celebrity football players as teacher's aides to enhance the learning of children displaying challenging behaviours', The International Journal of Learning, vol 15, no 4 , pp 285 - 292.
  • Perz, J. and Ussher, J. (2008), 'The horror of this living decay: Women's negotiation and resistance of medical discourse around menopause and midlife', Women's Studies International Forum, vol 31, no 4 , pp 293 - 299.
  • Ussher, J. (2008), 'Reclaiming embodiment within critical psychology : a material - discursive analysis of the menopausal body', Social and Personality Psychology Compass, vol 2, no 5 , pp 1781 - 1798.
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Mooney-Somers, J. (2007), 'The experience and positioning of affect in the context of intersubjectivity: the case of premenstrual syndrome', International Journal for Critical Psychology, vol 21 , pp 144 - 165.
  • Butow, P., Kirsten, L., Ussher, J., Wain, G., Sandoval, M., Hobbs, K., Hodgkinson, K. and Stenlake, A. (2007), 'What is the ideal support group? Views of Australian people with cancer and their carers', Psycho-Oncloloy, vol 16, no 11 , pp 1039 - 1045.
  • Perz, J. and Ussher, J. (2006), 'Women's experience of premenstrual syndrome: a case of silencing the self', Journal of Reporductive and Infant Psychology, vol 24, no 4 , pp 289 - 303.
  • Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2006), 'Evaluating the relative efficacy of a self-help and minimal psycho-educational intervention for moderate premenstrual distress conducted from a ritical realist standpoint', Journal of Reporductive and Infant Psychology, vol 24, no 4 , pp 347 - 362.
  • Ussher, J., Kirsten, L., Butow, P. and Sandoval, M. (2006), 'What do cancer support groups provide whtich other supportive relationships do not? The experience of peer support groups for people with cancer', Social Science and Medicine, vol 62 , pp 2565 - 2576.
  • Kirsten, L., Wain, G., Butow, P., Ussher, J., Hobbs, K. and Smith, K. (2006), 'Diversity and availability of support groups', Cancer Forum, vol 30, no 1 , pp 35 - 38.
  • Ussher, J. (2005), 'The Meaning of Sexual Desire: Exeriences of Heterosexual and Lesbian Girls', Feminism & Psychology, vol 15, no 1 , pp 27 - 32.
  • Butow, P., Ussher, J., Kirsten, L., Hobbs, K., Smith, K., Sandoval, M., Wain, G. and Stenlake, A. (2005), 'Sustaining Leaders of Cancer Support Groups:The Roel, Needs and Difficulties of Leaders', Social Work in Health Care, vol 42, no 2 , pp 39 - 55.
  • Ussher, J. (2004), 'Biological Politics Revisited: Reclaiming the Body and the Intra-psychic within Discursive Feminist Psychology', Feminism & Psychology, vol 14, no 3 , pp 425 - 430.
  • Ussher, J. (2004), 'Premenstrual Syndrome and Self-policing: Ruptures in Self-Silencing Leading to Increased Self-Surveillance and Blaming of the Body', Social Theory & Health, vol 2 , pp 254 - 272.
  • Ussher, J. (2003), 'The ongoing silencing of women in families: an analysis and rethinking of premenstrual syndrome and therapy', Journal of family therapy, vol 25 , pp 388 - 405.
  • Ussher, J. (2003), 'The role of premenstrual dysphoric disorder in the subjectification of women', Journal of medical humanities, vol 24, no 1-2 , pp 131 - 146.
  • Ussher, J. (2003), 'Biology as destiny: The legacy of Victorian gynaecology in the 21st century', Feminism and Psychology, vol 13, no 1 , pp 17 - 22.
  • Ussher, J. (2002), 'Processes of Appraisal and Coping in the Development and Maintenance of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder', Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, vol 12 , pp 309 - 322.
  • Hunter, M., Ussher, J., Cariss, M., Browne, S., Jelley, R. and Katz, M. (2002), 'Medical (fluoxetine) and psychological (cognitive behavioural therapy) treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder. A study of treatment processes', Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol 53 , pp 811 - 817.
  • Hunter, M., Ussher, J., Browne, S., Cariss, M., Jelley, R. and Katz, M. (2002), 'A randomized comparison of psychological (cognitive behavioural therapy, Medical (fluoxetine)and combined treatment for women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder.', Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol 23 , pp 193 - 199.
  • Ussher, J., Hunter, M. and Cariss, M. (2002), 'A Woman centred Psychological Intervention for Premenstrual Symptoms, Drawing on cognitive behavioural and narrative therapy.', Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, vol 9, no 5 , pp 319 - 331.
  • Taylor, G. and Ussher, J. (2001), 'Making sense of S&M: A discourse analytic account', Sexualities, vol 4, no 3 , pp 293 - 314.

Conference Papers

  • Smith, C., Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Carmady, B. (2012), 'The effect of acupuncture on post cancer fatigue and wellbeing for women recovering from breast cancer: a feasibility randomised controlled trial', International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and health, Portland, oregon.
  • Smith, C., Ussher, J., Perz, J. and De Lacey, S. (2010), 'The Effect of Acupuncture on Psychosocial Outcomes for Women Experiencing Infertility: Findings from a Pilot Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial', The Fertility Society of Australia 29th Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide.

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'The Five Big Ideas Program Evaluation: An Examination of the Process and Efficacy of an Early Intervention Program for Aboriginal Pre-school Children, from the Perspective of Key Stakeholders: Teachers and Program Developers', Research Report
  • 2011, 'Reproductive and Sexual Health Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities in Western Sydney: Pilot Project Report', Research Report
  • 2011, 'Sexual Wellbeing and Breast Cancer in Australia: Experiences of People with Breast Cancer and Health Professionals', Research Report
  • 2008, 'The Local Answers Initiative Evaluation Report 2008: An Evaluation Conducted for Panthers on the Prowl', Research Report

Research

Current Projects

Title: Young women's experiences of cigarette smoking: a qualitative examination of the intersection of gender, class, cultural and sexual identity
Years: 2013-06-30 - 2017-03-31
ID: P00020828
Western Researchers: Janette Perz and Jane Ussher
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Title: Sexual health of migrant women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups: an international comparison
Years: 2014-05-12 - 2017-05-11
ID: P00021318
Western Researchers: Janette Perz, Jane Ussher and Renu Narchal
Funding:
  • Community Migrant Resource Centre
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Family Planning NSW
Title: Integrative oncology in Australia - exploring unmet needs and mapping service provision
Years: 2016-01-12 - 2017-01-11
ID: P00022927
Western Researchers: Caroline Smith, Jennifer Hunter, Jane Ussher and Geoffrey Delaney
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Oncology Massage Ltd
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Title: The construction and experience of fertility in the context of cancer: Patient, partner and health professional perspectives
Years: 2011-10-05 - 2016-12-31
ID: P00019986
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Funding:
  • CanTeen
  • The Cancer Council NSW
  • Family Planning NSW
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation (non ACRG)
  • Westmead Hospital
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

Previous Projects

Title: An examination of the process and efficacy of an early intervention program for Aboriginal pre-school children, from the perspective of key stakeholders: teachers and program developers
Years: 2014-08-18 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00022260
Western Researchers: Janette Perz, Jane Ussher and Kerry Robinson
Funding:
  • Gunawirra Limited
Title: Use of Primary care and hospitalisation in older Australian culturally and linguistically diverse populations with Type 2 diabetes.
Years: 2013-09-09 - 2014-11-09
ID: P00021756
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Masculine sexuality and sexual behaviour: sexual communication, sexual identity, and problems or anxieties associated with sex
Years: 2000-01-01 - 2004-05-30
ID: P0009506
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Family Planning NSW
Title: Development of the Link Project examining access to allied mental health services through general practice
Years: 2004-06-15 - 2010-12-31
ID: P0014360
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Funding:
  • Nepean Division of General Practice (old)
Title: An evaluation of concerns and self perceived needs for primary carers of a person with cancer: A comparative study of female and male carers, leading to the development of support
Years: 2004-04-28 - 2005-04-30
ID: P0010746
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • The Cancer Council NSW
Title: Sisters of St Joseph Lochinvar Research Scholarship - The mental health and gendered subjectivity of Australasian Catholic nuns
Years: 2004-08-17 - 2007-08-16
ID: P0014418
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher
Funding:
  • Sisters of St Joseph Lochinvar
Title: An examination of women's subjective experiences of PMS, and an evaluation a self help psychological treatment package for premenstrual syndrome, in comparison with a minimal psychological int
Years: 2000-07-01 - 2001-07-31
ID: P0012962
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Research into the Effectiveness of Voluntary Support Groups for Cancer Patients and their Carers
Years: 2002-02-28 - 2004-06-18
ID: P0012228
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher
Funding:
  • The Cancer Council NSW
Title: The association between attachment style, levels of self-policing, relationship issues and women's premenstral distress: A comparative study of different relationship contexts
Years: 2004-02-16 - 2005-07-31
ID: P0011656
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Support Skills for Cancer Carers [via Cancer Council of NSW]
Years: 2005-12-06 - 2010-12-31
ID: P0015048
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Funding:
  • Health Administration Corporation
Title: Multiple perspectives on sexuality and intimacy post-cancer, leading to the development and evaluation of supportive interventions
Years: 2008-08-19 - 2012-12-31
ID: P0015969
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher, Janette Perz and Emilee Gilbert
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • The Cancer Council NSW
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation (non ACRG)
  • Sydney West Area Health Service
  • Sydney West Area Health Service
Title: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for people who are long-term unemployed
Years: 2005-02-07 - 2011-08-30
ID: P0014707
Western Researchers: Janette Perz and Jane Ussher
Funding:
  • Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation
Title: Pilot study to identify youth self-harm and risk-taking behaviour concerns in the Penrith Local Government Area
Years: 2007-04-01 - 2010-06-30
ID: P0015631
Western Researchers: Tanya Meade and Jane Ussher
Funding:
  • Nepean Division of General Practice
Title: Playing for Success - Tackle it Now: An examination of the effects and impact of a support program for children at risk of developing antisocial behaviour
Years: 2007-09-10 - 2012-12-31
ID: P0015823
Western Researchers: Janette Perz and Jane Ussher
Funding:
  • Panthers On The Prowl Ltd
Title: Panther Bytes: An examination of the effects and impact of a mobile healthy lifestyle program
Years: 2008-03-18 - 2011-12-31
ID: P0016087
Western Researchers: Janette Perz and Jane Ussher
Funding:
  • Panthers On The Prowl Ltd
Title: 'Local Answers' - A pilot study examining the effects and impact of a school community support program
Years: 2007-04-27 - 2008-01-31
ID: P0015632
Western Researchers: Janette Perz, Danuta Chessor, Emilee Gilbert and Jane Ussher
Funding:
  • Panthers On The Prowl Ltd
Title: Experiences and constructions of motherhood and fertility planning amongst young Aboriginal mothers attending an early intervention program: a comparison of perspectives
Years: 2014-07-22 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00022203
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Funding:
  • Gunawirra Limited
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Moderate-severe premenstrual symptoms: An examination of development, and course of symptoms in the context of familial relationships
Years: 2003-03-01 - 2003-12-31
ID: P0014008
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: An examination of the development, experience and construction of premenstrual symptoms: A comparative study of relationship types and contexts (DP0558831)
Years: 2005-06-18 - 2010-01-31
ID: P0009982
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Title: An evaluation of concerns, self-perceived needs, and supportive interventions, for informal cancer carers: A comparative study of female and male carers
Years: 2005-06-15 - 2009-07-31
ID: P0012736
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Westmead Hospital
  • The Cancer Council NSW
  • Carers New South Wales
Title: The development and evaluation of a brief couples-based intervention for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).
Years: 2005-12-21 - 2007-05-01
ID: P0014969
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Evaluation of the relative efficacy and mechanisms of a couple-based intervention for Premenstrual Syndrome through a randomised control trial using mixed methods
Years: 2009-01-01 - 2014-03-31
ID: P0016056
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Title: Narrative Analysis of Gendered Health - An International Visiting Fellow
Years: 2008-06-17 - 2009-06-16
ID: P00016158
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: A pilot pragmatic randomised controlled trial of acupuncture on psychosocial outcomes for women experiencing infertility
Years: 2008-12-18 - 2009-12-17
ID: P00016507
Western Researchers: Caroline Smith, Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Sexual Wellbeing and Breast Cancer Research
Years: 2010-12-14 - 2013-01-31
ID: P00020033
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher, Janette Perz and Emilee Gilbert
Funding:
  • Breast Cancer Network Australia
Title: A pilot study to examine reproductive mental health experiences in culturally and linguistically diverse women from an intersectional perspective; and the preparation of an external research grant application to further this research [via SFU]
Years: 2011-07-01 - 2012-07-31
ID: P00020528
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Funding:
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Title: Sexual Wellbeing and Quality of Life after Prostate Cancer for Gay and Bisexual Men and their Partners
Years: 2013-02-01 - 2015-11-30
ID: P00021070
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Funding:
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (ACRG)

Supervision

Professor Ussher is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Multiple Perspectives on Sexuality and Intimacy Post-Cancer
Field of Research:
Title: Talking about Sex: Deconstructing Nurse/Patient Interactions about Sexuality and Intimacy in the Context of Palliative Cancer Care
Field of Research:
Title: Androgyny and Psychological Health: A Cross-Disciplinary Odyssey
Field of Research: PSYCHOLOGY
Title: Psychological type and pathways to self-transformation and health
Field of Research:
Title: Women's Experiences of Sexual Embodiment in the Context of Cancer
Field of Research:
Title: Facilitating Access to Fertility Preservation for Women with Cancer
Field of Research:
Title: Cultural Standards of the Ideal Body Type and the Construction of Bulimia Nervosa
Field of Research:
Title: Cancer and Fertility
Field of Research:
Title: Investigation into the Significance of Socio-economic and Domestic Violence Factors for Increasing the Mental and Physical Pain and Distress during Pregnancy, Labour and Puerperium
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Title: The Coping Scale for Gamblers - Electronic Gaming Machines (CSG-EGMs)
Field of Research: PSYCHOLOGY
Thesis: The Coping Scale for Gamblers - Electronic Gaming Machines (CSG-EGMs)
Title: Gender Role Conflict and Self-Concepts in Men and Therapy Seeking and Preferences for Depression.
Field of Research: PSYCHOLOGY
Thesis: Masculinity and Depression: Men's Subjective Experience of Depression, Coping and Preferences for Therapy Types and Conditions
Title: The Development of Enhanced Psychological Health Through Traditional Martial Art Participation
Field of Research: PSYCHOLOGY
Thesis: The Development of Enhanced Psychological Health Through Traditional Martial Art Participation
Title: Thinking through Motherhood
Field of Research: PSYCHOLOGY
Thesis: Thinking through Motherhood
Title: The 'Lazarus Experience': People with HIV Making Sense of Their Lives in the Post-Treatment Era.
Field of Research: PSYCHOLOGY
Thesis: The 'Lazarus Experience': People with HIV Making Sense of Their Lives in the Post-Treatment Era.
Title: RELATIONALITY IN A CROSS CULTURAL/RACIAL CONTACT ZONE: A PSYCHOSOCIAL EXPLORATION OF THE PROCESSES OF TRANSCULTURATION IN HETEROSEXUAL AFRICAN AUSTRALIAN RELATIONSHIPS
Field of Research: STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY
Thesis: RELATIONALITY IN A CROSS CULTURAL/RACIAL CONTACT ZONE: A PSYCHOSOCIAL EXPLORATION OF THE PROCESSES OF TRANSCULTURATION IN HETEROSEXUAL AFRICAN AUSTRALIAN RELATIONSHIPS
Title: Decreased Inhibitory Control in Mental Fatigue, and Meditation as a Tool for Recovery and Prevention
Field of Research: PSYCHOLOGY
Thesis: Decreased Inhibitory Control in Mental Fatigue, and Meditation as a Tool for Recovery and Prevention
Title: Surviving Severe Interpersonal Trauma: An Examination of Hope
Field of Research: PSYCHOLOGY
Thesis: Surviving Severe Interpersonal Trauma: An Examination of Hope
Title: HETEROSEXUAL MALE SEXUALITY: REPRESENTATIONS AND SEXUAL SUBJECTIVITY
Field of Research: STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY
Thesis: HETEROSEXUAL MALE SEXUALITY: REPRESENTATIONS AND SEXUAL SUBJECTIVITY
Title: Force of Habit: The Construction and Negotiation of Subjectivity in Catholic Nuns
Field of Research: PSYCHOLOGY
Thesis: Force of Habit: The Construction and Negotiation of Subjectivity in Catholic Nuns
Title: EXPLORING DEPRESSION, FORGETTING nuwa'mwau: THE ETHNOPSYCHOLOGICAL SHAPING OF CONSTRUCTIONS AND EXPERIENCES OF PROLONGED 'SADNESS'-TYPE EMOTIONS IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, AND NADE, PAPUA NEW GUINEA.
Field of Research: PSYCHOLOGY
Thesis: Exploring Depression, Forgetting nuwa'mwau: The Ethnopsychological Shaping of Constructions and Experiences of Prolonged 'Sadness'-Type Emotions in Sydney, Australia and Nade, Papua New Guinea
Title: Disrupting Accounts of 'Normal': Survivors and Non-Abused Women's Experiences of Sexual Subjectivity and Sexual Agency
Field of Research: PSYCHOLOGY
Thesis: Disrupting Accounts of 'Normal': Survivors and Non-Abused Women's Experiences of Sexual Subjectivity and Sexual Agency
Title: Men's Constructions and Experiences of PMS and their Partner's Premenstrual Changes
Field of Research: HEALTH; PSYCHOLOGY
Thesis: Men's Constructions and Experiences of PMS and their Partner's Premenstrual Changes

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