Professor of Women's Health Psychology, Centre for Health Research, Western Sydney University

Jane M Ussher is Professor of Women’s Health Psychology, at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. She has published widely on the construction and lived experience of health, in particular women’s mental health, the reproductive body and sexuality. She is editor of the Routledge Women and Psychology book series and is author of a number of books, including The Psychology of the Female Body (Routledge, 1989), Women’s Madness: Misogyny or Mental Illness? (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991), Fantasies of Femininity: Reframing the Boundaries of Sex (Penguin, 1997), Managing the Monstrous Feminine: Regulating the Reproductive Body (Routledge, 2006), and ‘The Madness of Women: Myth and Experience’ (Routledge, 2011). She has also edited a number of books: Gender Issues in Clinical Psychology; The Psychology of Women’s Health and Health Care (with Paula Nicolson); Psychological Perspectives on Sexual Problems ; Bodytalk: The Material and Discursive Regulation of Madness, Sexuality and Reproduction and Women’s Health: Contemporary International Perspectives. Her current research focuses on sexual and reproductive health, with particular emphasis on premenstrual experiences, and sexuality and fertility in the context of cancer.


  • 2002–present
    Professor of Women's Health Psychology , University of Western Sydney
  • 2007–present
    Honorary Professor, University of Sydney


  • 1989 
    British Psychological Society, Diploma in Clinical Psychology
  • 1987 
    University of London, PhD, Psychology
  • 1983 
    University of Exeter, BA (Hons) Psychology

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, British Psychological Society