Gomathi Sitharthan

Senior Lecturer, Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health, University of Sydney

Gomathi trained in Australia and received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Sydney. She was was a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and the Deputy Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Sexual Health as well as a registered Psychologist.

She conducted research in the broad areas of health psychology and Translational Research as well as preventative methods, early / brief /opportunistic / low cost interventions, and clinical trials addressing mental health / addictive behaviours / associated comorbidities, suicide risk reduction and depression management, promoting self-change programs in the community, ascertaining the impact of clinical training to deliver effective health care, clinical services evaluations, facilitating the up-take of effective interventions in health services and evaluating training impacts, etc. She also pursued South Asian community-based projects to improve the health/ sexual health of migrants.

From 2007 Gomathi broadened her research interests to include Sexual Health - e.g. Internet and Porn Addiction, Sexuality and Body Image, Sex Education, Doctor-Patient communication, and Migrant Sexual Health, etc.

She was a member of the American Psychological Association, an associate member of the International Academy of Sex Researchers, and a member of the Australian Centre for Addiction Research.

Gomathi Sitharthan is deceased.


  • 2007–2016
    Deputy Coordinator, Graduate Program in Sexual Health, University of Sydney


  • 1992 
    University of Sydney, PhD (Psychology)