Professor Janette Perz

Professor Janette Perz

Director, Translational Health Research Institute,
Translational Health Research Institute

Professor,
Translational Health Research Institute

Biography

Janette Perz is a Professor in the Centre for Health Research at the University of Western Sydney. She researches in the field of reproductive and sexual health with a particular focus on gendered experiences, subjectivity and identity. Her research encompasses three related programs of research:

  • Firstly, a significant research program in psycho-oncology including the evaluation of gendered experiences and interventions for cancer carers; research on sexual experiences and interventions for couples facing cancer; and an examination of changes to fertility across a range of cancer types.
  • Secondly, a program of research in sexual and reproductive health including the experience of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in heterosexual and lesbian relationships; the development of and evaluation of a couple-based psychological intervention for PMS; sexual wellbeing and reproductive needs in CALD populations; and sexual and psychological wellbeing during menopause and midlife. 
  • Thirdly, research in mental health, early intervention and primary care models including cognitive-behavioural interventions for disadvantaged groups; Interventions for post-partum depression; and gender and therapy referrals in general practice.

She has demonstrated expertise in research design and analysis, and mixed-methods research.

This information has been contributed by Professor Perz.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Sydney
  • BA University of Sydney

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Translational Health Research Institute
  • Translational Health Research Institute

Contact

Email: J.Perz@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4620 3954
Mobile:
Location: 3.1.19
Campbelltown
Website:

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Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Dune, T., Mengesha, Z., Buscemi, V. and Perz, J. (2018), 'Jumping the methodological fence : Q methodology', Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences, Springer 9789811052507.
  • Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2017), 'Is it normal or PMS? : women's strategies in negotiating and resisting negative premenstrual change', Critical Inquiries for Social Justice in Mental Health, University of Toronto Press 9781442649200.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Perz, J. (2004), 'Navigating the Menopausal Experience: A Model of Climacteric Sensitivity', 14th International Conference of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Genaecology - International Proceedings, Medimond Publishing Co 8875870446.

Journal Articles

  • Mengesha, Z., Perz, J., Dune, T. and Ussher, J. (2018), 'Challenges in the provision of sexual and reproductive health care to refugee and migrant women : a Q methodological study of health professional perspectives', Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, vol 20, no 2 , pp 307 - 316.
  • Logan, S., Perz, J., Ussher, J., Peate, M. and Anazodo, A. (2018), 'A systematic review of patient oncofertility support needs in reproductive cancer patients aged 14 to 45 years of age', Psycho-Oncology, vol 27, no 2 , pp 401 - 409.
  • Parton, C., Ussher, J., Natoli, S. and Perz, J. (2018), 'Being a mother with multiple sclerosis : negotiating cultural ideals of mother and child', Feminism and Psychology, vol 28, no 2 , pp 212 - 230.
  • Triandafilidis, Z., Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Huppatz, K. (2018), 'Young Australian women's accounts of smoking and quitting : a qualitative study using visual methods', BMC Women's Health, vol 18 .
  • Ussher, J., Parton, C. and Perz, J. (2018), 'Need for information, honesty and respect : patient perspectives on health care professionals communication about cancer and fertility', Reproductive Health, vol 15, no 2 .
  • Mengesha, Z., Perz, J., Dune, T. and Ussher, J. (2018), 'Preparedness of health care professionals for delivering sexual and reproductive health care to refugee and migrant women : a mixed methods study', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Garrido, S., Dunne, L., Perz, J., Chang, E. and Stevens, C. (2018), '[In Press] The use of music in aged care facilities : a mixed-methods study', Journal of Health Psychology, .
  • Charter, R., Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Robinson, K. (2018), 'The transgender parent : experiences and constructions of pregnancy and parenthood for transgender men in Australia', International Journal of Transgenderism, vol 19, no 1 , pp 64 - 77.
  • Bower, M., Conroy, E. and Perz, J. (2018), 'Australian homeless persons' experiences of social connectedness, isolation and loneliness', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol 26, no 2 , pp 241 - 248.
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Australian Cancer and Fertility Study Team (ACFST), x. (2018), 'Threat of biographical disruption : the gendered construction and experience of infertility following cancer for women and men', BMC Cancer, vol 18, no 1 .
  • Simmons, D., Nema, J., Parton, C., Vizza, L., Robertson, A., Rajagopal, R., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2018), 'The treatment of booking gestational diabetes mellitus (TOBOGM) pilot randomised controlled trial', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 18, no 1 .
  • Logan, S., Perz, J., Ussher, J., Peate, M. and Anazodo, A. (2018), 'Clinician provision of oncofertility support in cancer patients of a reproductive age : a systematic review', Psycho-Oncology, vol 27, no 3 , pp 748 - 756.
  • Mengesha, Z., Perz, J., Dune, T. and Ussher, J. (2018), 'Talking about sexual and reproductive health through interpreters : the experiences of health care professionals consulting refugee and migrant women', Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, vol 16 , pp 199 - 205.
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J., Rose, D., Kellett, A. and Dowsett, G. (2018), '[In Press] Sexual rehabilitation after prostate cancer through assistive aids : a comparison of gay/bisexual and heterosexual men', Journal of Sex Research, .
  • Garrido, S., Stevens, C., Chang, E., Dunne, L. and Perz, J. (2018), 'Music and dementia : individual differences in response to personalized playlists', Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, vol 64, no 3 , pp 933 - 941.
  • Garrido, S., Stevens, C., Chang, E., Dunne, L. and Perz, J. (2018), '[In Press] Musical features and affective responses to personalized playlists in people with probable dementia', American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, .
  • Ussher, J., Hawkey, A. and Perz, J. (2018), ''Age of despair', or 'when life starts' : migrant and refugee women negotiate constructions of menopause', Culture, Health and Sexuality, .
  • Rose, D., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2017), 'Let's talk about gay sex : gay and bisexual men's sexual communication with healthcare professionals after prostate cancer', European Journal of Cancer Care, vol 26, no 1 .
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J., Rose, D., Dowsett, G., Chambers, S., Williams, S., Davis, I. and Latini, D. (2017), '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, vol 46, no 7 , pp 2043 - 2057.
  • Ussher, J., Rose, D. and Perz, J. (2017), 'Mastery, isolation, or acceptance : gay and bisexual men's construction of aging in the context of sexual embodiment after prostate cancer', Journal of Sex Research, vol 54, no 6 , pp 802 - 812.
  • Triandafilidis, Z., Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Huppatz, K. (2017), 'An intersectional analysis of women's experiences of smoking-related stigma', Qualitative Health Research, vol 27, no 10 , pp 1445 - 1460.
  • Ussher, J., Perz, J., Metusela, C., Hawkey, A., Morrow, M., Narchal, R. and Estoesta, J. (2017), 'Negotiating discourses of shame, secrecy, and silence : migrant and refugee women's experiences of sexual embodiment', Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol 46, no 7 , pp 1901 - 1921.
  • Triandafilidis, Z., Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Huppatz, K. (2017), 'Doing and undoing femininities : an intersectional analysis of young women's smoking', Feminism and Psychology, vol 27, no 4 , pp 465 - 488.
  • Dune, T., Perz, J., Mengesha, Z. and Ayika, D. (2017), 'Culture clash? : investigating constructions of sexual and reproductive health from the perspective of 1.5 generation migrants in Australia using Q methodology', Reproductive Health, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2017), 'Evaluation of the relative efficacy of a couple cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) for Premenstrual Disorders (PMDs), in comparison to one-to-one CBT and a wait list control : a randomized controlled trial', PLoS One, vol 12, no 4 .
  • Parton, C., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2017), 'Experiencing menopause in the context of cancer : women's constructions of gendered subjectivities', Psychology and Health, vol 32, no 9 , pp 1109 - 1126.
  • Hawkey, A., Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Metusela, C. (2017), 'Experiences and constructions of menarche and menstruation among migrant and refugee women', Qualitative Health Research, vol 27, no 10 , pp 1473 - 1490.
  • Churruca, K., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2017), 'Just desserts? : exploring constructions of food in women's experiences of bulimia', Qualitative Health Research, vol 27, no 10 , pp 1491 - 1506.
  • Parton, C., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2017), 'The medical body : women's experiences of sexual embodiment across the cancer illness trajectory', Women's Reproductive Health, vol 4, no 1 , pp 46 - 60.
  • Metusela, C., Ussher, J., Perz, J., Hawkey, A., Morrow, M., Narchal, R., Estoesta, J. and Monteiro, M. (2017), '"In my culture, we don't know anything about that" : sexual and reproductive health of migrant and refugee women', International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, vol 24, no 6 , pp 836 - 845.
  • Mengesha, Z., Perz, J., Dune, T. and Ussher, J. (2017), 'Refugee and migrant women's engagement with sexual and reproductive health care in Australia : a socio-ecological analysis of health care professional perspectives', PLoS One, vol 12, no 7 .
  • Parton, C., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2017), 'Women's constructions of heterosex and sexual embodiment after cancer', Feminism & Psychology, vol 27, no 3 , pp 298 - 317.
  • Triandafilidis, Z., Ussher, J., Perz, J. and Huppatz, K. (2017), ''It's one of those "It'll never happen to me" things' : young women's constructions of smoking and risk', Health, Risk and Society, vol 19, no 5-6 , pp 260 - 283.
  • Garrido, S., Dunne, L., Chang, E., Perz, J., Stevens, C. and Haertsch, M. (2017), 'The use of music playlists for people with dementia : a critical synthesis', Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, vol 60, no 3 , pp 1129 - 1142.
  • Hawkey, A., Ussher, J. and Perz, J. (2017), 'Regulation and resistance : negotiation of premarital sexuality in the context of migrant and refugee women', Journal of Sex Research, vol 55, no 9 , pp 1116 - 1133.
  • 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.
  • Mengesha, Z., Dune, T. and Perz, J. (2016), 'Culturally and linguistically diverse women's views and experiences of accessing sexual and reproductive health care in Australia : a systematic review', Sexual Health, vol 13, no 4 , pp 299 - 310.
  • Ussher, J., Charter, R., Parton, C. and Perz, J. (2016), 'Constructions and experiences of motherhood in the context of an early intervention for Aboriginal mothers and their children : mother and healthcare worker perspectives', BMC Public Health, vol 16 .
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • Rose, V., Perz, J. and Harris, E. (2012), 'Vocationally oriented cognitive behavioural training for the very long-term unemployed', Occupational Medicine, vol 62, no 4 , pp 298 - 300.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ussher, M., Mount, C., Greenberg, S., Goodair, C. and Perz, J. (2009), 'Perceived effects of menopause among women masters swimmers', International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, vol 3, no 4 , pp 368 - 377.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • Rose, V. and Perz, J. (2005), 'Is CBT useful in vocational rehabilitation for people with a psychiatric disability', Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, vol 29, no 1 , pp 56 - 58.

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.

Other Publications

  • 2017, 'Sexual and Reproductive Health of Migrant and Refugee Women: Research Report and Recommendations for Healthcare Providers and Community Workers', Research Report
  • 2017, 'Sexual and Reproductive Health of Migrant and Refugee Women: Research Report and Recommendations for Healthcare Providers and Community Workers', Research Report
  • 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
  • 2015, 'Constructions and experiences of the Gunawirra early intervention program for young Aboriginal mothers', Research Report
  • 2015, 'Multiple Perspectives on Sexuality and Intimacy Post-cancer, Leading to the Development and Evaluation of Supportive Interventions: ARC Linkage Grant 2008-2012: Publications Arising From the Project and Executive Summary', Research Report
  • 2011, 'Sexual Wellbeing and Breast Cancer in Australia: Experiences of People with Breast Cancer and Health Professionals', Research Report
  • 2011, 'Reproductive and Sexual Health Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities in Western Sydney: Pilot Project Report', Research Report
  • 2010, 'An Evaluation of Concerns, Self-perceived Needs, and Supportive Interventions, for Informal Cancer Carers: A Comparative Study of Female and Male Carers', Research Report
  • 2009, 'Playing for Success Program: "Tackle It Now Project": Final Evaluation Report 2007-2009', Research Report
  • 2009, 'Healthy Active Australia Community and Schools Grants Program - Panther Bytes: Final Evaluation Report', Research Report
  • 2008, 'Pink Link: Evaluating the Efficacy of Access to Allied Psychological Services for Antenatal Patients Through General Practice', Research Report
  • 2008, 'The Local Answers Initiative Evaluation Report 2008: An Evaluation Conducted for Panthers on the Prowl', Research Report
  • 2008, 'After Hours General Practice Care: An Investigation of Patient Access Issues to the Nepean After Hours General Practice Clinic', Research Report

Janette has a strong track record in initiating research projects and in obtaining external funding. In the last 5 years she has been a Chief Investigator (CI) on 3 ARC grants totalling $2,029,283 and an Associate Investigator (AI) on an ARC project of $460,000.  This encompasses three related programs of research:

  • A significant research program in psycho-oncology including the evaluation of gendered experiences and interventions for cancer carers; research on sexual experiences and interventions for couples facing cancer; and an examination of changes to fertility across a range of cancer types.
  • A program of research in sexual and reproductive health including the experience of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in heterosexual and lesbian relationships; the development of and evaluation of a couple-based psychological intervention for PMS; sexual wellbeing and reproductive needs in CALD populations; and sexual and psychological wellbeing during menopause and midlife. 
  • Research in mental health, early intervention and primary care models including cognitive-behavioural interventions for disadvantaged groups; Interventions for post-partum depression; and gender and therapy referrals in general practice.

She has also been awarded $235,650 in external research contracts, and $126,000 in competitive UWS Internal Grants over the last 5 years. These include projects on acupuncture and infertility (UWS internal), menopausal experience (UWS internal), interventions for unemployed individuals (CHETRE), interventions for post-partum depression (Nepean Division of General Practitioners), gender and therapy referrals (Nepean Division of General Practitioners), reproductive needs of CALD populations (Family Planning NSW), and a project on cancer and sexuality (Australian Breast Cancer Network Australia).

In addition, Janette is a co-leader of the Reproductive Mental Health Group, at the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequalities and Mental Health, located at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Funded by Canadian Institute for Health Research, 2010-2116, for $2,000,000 (CAD).

This information has been contributed by Professor Perz.

Current Projects

Title: Reducing post cancer related fatigue among breast cancer disease free women: a randomised controlled trial of acupuncture and psycho-education
Funder:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers:
Years: 2015-01-01 -
ID: P00022004
Title: Crossing the Line: Lived Experience of Sexual Violence among Transwomen from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Backgrounds in Australia
Funder:
  • Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Ltd
Western Researchers: Pranee Liamputtong, Janette Perz, Jane Ussher, Virginia Schmied, Tinashe Dune and Brahm Marjadi
Years: 2017-09-09 - 2020-03-08
ID: P00024022

Previous Projects

Title: Young women's experiences of cigarette smoking: a qualitative examination of the intersection of gender, class, cultural and sexual identity
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Janette Perz and Jane Ussher
Years: 2013-06-30 - 2017-03-31
ID: P00020828
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
Funder:
  • Gunawirra Limited
Western Researchers: Janette Perz, Jane Ussher and Kerry Robinson
Years: 2014-08-18 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00022260
Title: Sexual health of migrant women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups: an international comparison
Funder:
  • Community Migrant Resource Centre
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Family Planning NSW
Western Researchers: Janette Perz, Jane Ussher and Renu Narchal
Years: 2014-05-12 - 2017-12-31
ID: P00021318
Title: Walk the Talk: Phase II study of an online population-based intervention to improve the mental health of young people who are unemployed [via UNSW - no funding to UWS]
Funder:
  • Australian Rotary Health (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Janette Perz
Years: 2014-01-02 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00021927
Title: The experience of loneliness in the Australian homeless population
Funder:
  • Australian Rotary Health (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Elizabeth Conroy and Janette Perz
Years: 2014-02-12 - 2018-03-01
ID: P00021847
Title: An analysis of the cognitive processing of food and body shape images amongst restrained and unrestrained eaters.
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Janette Perz
Years: 2000-01-01 - 2001-12-31
ID: P0012548
Title: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for people who are long-term unemployed
Funder:
  • Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation
Western Researchers: Janette Perz and Jane Ussher
Years: 2005-02-07 - 2011-08-30
ID: P0014707
Title: Pink Link: Pilot study evaluating the efficacy of access to allied psychological services for antenatal patients through general practice
Funder:
  • Nepean Division of General Practice
Western Researchers: Janette Perz
Years: 2007-04-01 - 2011-12-31
ID: P0015629
Title: 'Local Answers' - A pilot study examining the effects and impact of a school community support program
Funder:
  • Panthers On The Prowl Ltd
Western Researchers: Janette Perz, Danuta Chessor, Emilee Gilbert and Jane Ussher
Years: 2007-04-27 - 2008-01-31
ID: P0015632
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
Funder:
  • Panthers On The Prowl Ltd
Western Researchers: Janette Perz and Jane Ussher
Years: 2007-09-10 - 2012-12-31
ID: P0015823
Title: Panther Bytes: An examination of the effects and impact of a mobile healthy lifestyle program
Funder:
  • Panthers On The Prowl Ltd
Western Researchers: Janette Perz and Jane Ussher
Years: 2008-03-18 - 2011-12-31
ID: P0016087
Title: Walk the Talk: Phase II study of an online population-based intervention to improve the mental health of young people who are unemployed
Funder:
  • Australian Rotary Health (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Vanessa Rose and Janette Perz
Years: 2014-01-24 - 2016-12-31
ID: P00021997
Title: Development of the Link Project examining access to allied mental health services through general practice
Funder:
  • Nepean Division of General Practice (old)
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2004-06-15 - 2010-12-31
ID: P0014360
Title: An examination of the development, experience and construction of premenstrual symptoms: A comparative study of relationship types and contexts (DP0558831)
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2005-06-18 - 2010-01-31
ID: P0009982
Title: The association between attachment style, levels of self-policing, relationship issues and women's premenstral distress: A comparative study of different relationship contexts
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2004-02-16 - 2005-07-31
ID: P0011656
Title: The development and evaluation of a brief couples-based intervention for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2005-12-21 - 2007-05-01
ID: P0014969
Title: After hours general practice care: An investigation of patient access issues to the Nepean After Hours GP Clinic
Funder:
  • Nepean Division of General Practice
Western Researchers: Janette Perz
Years: 2007-04-01 - 2010-12-31
ID: P0015630
Title: Multiple perspectives on sexuality and intimacy post-cancer, leading to the development and evaluation of supportive interventions
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • The Cancer Council NSW
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation (non ACRG)
  • Sydney West Area Health Service
  • Sydney West Area Health Service
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher, Janette Perz and Emilee Gilbert
Years: 2008-08-19 - 2012-12-31
ID: P0015969
Title: Evaluation of the relative efficacy and mechanisms of a couple-based intervention for Premenstrual Syndrome through a randomised control trial using mixed methods
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2009-01-01 - 2014-03-31
ID: P0016056
Title: Factors in the development and maintenance of self help and support groups for people with emotional and mental health problems
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Meg Smith, Natalie Bolzan, Elizabeth Watson and Janette Perz
Years: 2000-03-21 - 2003-03-20
ID: P0012322
Title: Experiences and constructions of motherhood and fertility planning amongst young Aboriginal mothers attending an early intervention program: a comparison of perspectives
Funder:
  • Gunawirra Limited
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2014-07-22 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00022203
Title: Narrative Analysis of Gendered Health - An International Visiting Fellow
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2008-06-17 - 2009-06-16
ID: P00016158
Title: A pilot pragmatic randomised controlled trial of acupuncture on psychosocial outcomes for women experiencing infertility
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Caroline Smith, Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2008-12-18 - 2009-12-17
ID: P00016507
Title: Support Skills for Cancer Carers [via Cancer Council of NSW]
Funder:
  • Health Administration Corporation
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2005-12-06 - 2010-12-31
ID: P0015048
Title: Women's experience of motherhood while living with rheumatoid arthritis
Funder:
  • Arthritis Foundation of Australia
Western Researchers: Chloe Parton, Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2017-01-01 - 2017-12-31
ID: P00023607
Title: An evaluation of concerns, self-perceived needs, and supportive interventions, for informal cancer carers: A comparative study of female and male carers
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Westmead Hospital
  • The Cancer Council NSW
  • Carers New South Wales
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2005-06-15 - 2009-07-31
ID: P0012736
Title: Sexual Wellbeing and Breast Cancer Research
Funder:
  • Breast Cancer Network Australia
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher, Janette Perz and Emilee Gilbert
Years: 2010-12-14 - 2013-01-31
ID: P00020033
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]
Funder:
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Int'l A)
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2011-07-01 - 2012-07-31
ID: P00020528
Title: The construction and experience of fertility in the context of cancer: Patient, partner and health professional perspectives
Funder:
  • 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
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2011-10-05 - 2017-12-31
ID: P00019986
Title: Sexual Wellbeing and Quality of Life after Prostate Cancer for Gay and Bisexual Men and their Partners
Funder:
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Jane Ussher and Janette Perz
Years: 2013-02-01 - 2015-11-30
ID: P00021070

Supervision

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

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Experiences and constructions of motherhood in Australian Indigenous women
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Extending Understandings of Human Development: A Phenomenology of Pre- and Perinatal Regression States in Meditation Based Somatic Psychotherapy
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Body Image and Eating Disorders in Gay and Bisexual Men
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Meaning of Low Sexual Desire - An Exploration of Perceptions and Experiences of Low Sexual Desire in the Context of Sexy Therapy
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Cancer and Fertility
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Facilitating Access to Fertility Preservation for Women with Cancer
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Health literacy and health service utilisation amongst people experiencing homelessness
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Investigating the Role of Mindfulness in Coping with Premenstrual Change
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Experience of Loneliness in the Australian Homeless Population
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The treatment of premenstrual anxiety
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Construction and Experience of Unemployment in Australian Unemployed Youth.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: An evaluation of concerns, self-perceived needs and supportive interventions for informal cancer carers: A comparative study of female and male carers.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Pathways through an Eating Disorder: A Qaluitative Exploration Across Males and Females
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Sexual and Reproductive Health of Homeless Women in Australia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Sexual Health in CALD Groups
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Facilitating Access to Fertility Preservation for Women with Cancer
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Talking About Sexuality and Intimacy: Health Professional Sexual Communication in the Context of Palliative Cancer Care
Field of Research: Speech Pathology; Other Health; Public Health
Thesis Title: Women's Experiences of Sexual Embodiment in the Context of Cancer
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Gender Role Conflict and Self-Concepts in Men and Therapy Seeking and Preferences for Depression.
Field of Research: Psychology
Thesis Title: The Development of Enhanced Psychological Health Through Traditional Martial Art Participation
Field of Research: Psychology
Thesis Title: HETEROSEXUAL MALE SEXUALITY: REPRESENTATIONS AND SEXUAL SUBJECTIVITY
Field of Research: Studies In Human Society
Thesis Title: Force of Habit: The Construction and Negotiation of Subjectivity in Catholic Nuns
Field of Research: Psychology
Thesis Title: Men's Constructions and Experiences of PMS and their Partner's Premenstrual Changes
Field of Research: Health; Psychology
Thesis Title: Sexual and Reproductive Health Care of Refugee and Migrant Women in Australia: A Mixed Methods Study of Health Care Professional Perspectives
Field of Research: Health
Thesis Title: Young Women's Contradictory Constructions and Experiences of Cigarette Smoking
Field of Research: Other Health
Thesis Title: A Mixed Method Exploration of Treatment Experiences of Men with Eating Disorders
Field of Research: Medical Studies Not Elsewhere Classified; Behavioural Science; Public Health

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