Author Jane Ussher

Jane Ussher

Jane M Ussher is Professor of Women’s Health Psychology, in the Translational Health Research Institute, at Western Sydney University. Her research focuses on sexual and reproductive embodiment, and the gendered experience of cancer and cancer care. As a trained clinical psychologist, she has also made a contribution to the integration of research and clinical practice in gendered health, and has developed and evaluated a number of psycho-educational interventions in the field of cancer care. This includes resources to address sexual changes after cancer, fertility concerns, and the needs of cancer carers, funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) in collaboration with Cancer Council NSW. Jane is author of over 300 papers and chapters, 12 books, and is editor of the Routledge Women and Psychology book series. She has received over $10M in research funding, and was awarded the Steven Grunberg Memorial Award, at the MASCC (Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer) annual conference in 2019 for her research on gay and bisexual men’s experiences of prostate cancer. She is leading an ARC Linkage funded research study, on LGBTQI+ experiences of cancer, in collaboration with The Cancer Council NSW, Prostate Cancer Foundation, National LGBT Health Alliance, ACON, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Sydney Children's Hospital Network and Canteen. The study includes a survey, interviews and photo elicitation with LGBTQI+ cancer survivors and their carers, a survey of oncology health care professionals, and an audit of cancer guidelines. The findings will be translated into resources for LGBTQI+ cancer survivors and their carers, as well as practice and policy guidelines.