Emeritus Professor Caroline Smith (opens in a new window)
Caroline has background as a clinical researcher and has been a leading academic in the area of complementary medicine with a focus on women’s health at Western Sydney University. Her research has included leading clinical trials evaluating the role of complementary therapies to treat period pain, and she has also been the author of systematic reviews on this topic. Her interests have broadened to include research examining the impact of period pain on the many aspects of womens’ lives, and to implement research findings that deliver impact to reducing the burden from period pain on women leading fulfilling and productive lives.
Professor Jane Ussher (opens in a new window)
Jane is Professor of Women’s Health Psychology, with 35 years of experience in menstruation research. Past President of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and a trained clinical psychologist, Jane has expertise in premenstrual distress and menopause. She developed effective psychosocial interventions to reduce the impact of premenstrual distress, evaluated through randomised controlled trails, and has conducted mixed method research on the construction and meaning of menstruation and menopause.
Professor Janette Perz (opens in a new window)
Janette is a Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Translational Health Research Institute. She has undertaken significant programs of research in sexual and reproductive health including the experience of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), midlife and menopause, and fertility concerns during cancer with a particular focus on gendered experiences, subjectivity and identity.
Prof Kathryn Holmes (opens in a new window)
Kathryn is the Director of the Centre for Educational Research and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Education. She is interested in improving educational outcomes by understanding how schools and other educational institutions can promote menstrual health literacy through their teaching programs and school policies.
Professor Kath Peters (opens in a new window)
Kath is a Professor of Nursing and the Associate Dean (International and Engagement) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has extensive clinical nursing and research experience with a strong background in women’s sexual and reproductive health. Her previous work has focussed on infertility, women’s health screening, and gender inequities in health care. Her current work explores women’s knowledge and experiences of menopause.
A/Prof Freya Macmillan (opens in a new window)
Freya is an Associate Professor in Interprofessional Health Sciences in the School of Health Science at Western Sydney University. Her research focuses on the development of health promotion program co-creation, implementation, evaluation and translation into ongoing policy and practice.
A/Prof Tania Ferfolja (opens in a new window)
Tania is Associate Professor in the School of Education / Centre for Educational Research at Western Sydney University. Her work focuses on equity in education particularly in relation to gender and sexuality diversities (GSD) in curricula, policy, pedagogy, education and employment practices in Australia and internationally. She is currently the lead researcher on an ARC discovery grant entitled: ‘Gender and Sexuality Diversity in Schools. Parent Experiences and Schooling Responses.
A/Prof Emilee Gilbert (opens in a new window)
Emilee is a feminist sociologist whose research expertise is in gender equity, sexuality, and health. Emilee has a particular interest in women’s health with her past work focusing on young women’s experiences of cigarette smoking, as well as cancer and sexuality. More recently, Emilee’s research interests are in women’s experiences of mothering and paid work.
Dr Tania Perich (opens in a new window)
Tania is a psychologist and Senior Lecturer working in the School of Psychiatry. She has an interest in the impact of reproductive life events on women's mental health. She researches the impact of menopause for women living with bipolar disorder.
Dr Christina Curry (opens in a new window)
Christina is a senior researcher in the field of Health Education & Physical Education with a focus on curriculum and pedagogy. Her work extends to the effectiveness of health interventions within secondary schools with funded projects in menstrual health literacy.
Associate Professor Carolyn Ee (opens in a new window)
Carolyn is a GP and Senior Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute. Her research vision is to have a measurable impact on the lives of people with chronic illness. Her major research focus is on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, particularly the use of acupuncture and mind-body therapies to manage weight loss, and translation of evidence into practice in primary care.
Dr Fiona McDermid (opens in a new window)
Dr Fiona McDermid is a registered nurse and midwife in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Fiona’s work focuses on workforce issues, including resilience and retention. She is currently working on a model of retention for emergency nurses. Fiona is also passionate about women’s health and is currently exploring women’s knowledge and experiences of perimenopause and menopause.
Dr Michelle O’Shea (opens in a new window)
Michelle is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business, Western Sydney University. Her research focus is directed at illuminating and problematising issues relevant to gender inequity, diversity and inclusion in institutional contexts (sport, health and education).
Dr Sarah Duffy (opens in a new window)
Sarah is a Senior Lecturer from the School of Business. The focus of her research is issues relating to gender and social equity in the workplace and the impact of marketing on society.
Dr Chloe Taylor (opens in a new window)
Chloe is an exercise scientist specialising in women’s physiology. She provides expertise in the impacts of the menstrual cycle on physical aspects of well-being, specifically the effects of menstruation on energy levels, exercise capacity, and the control of body temperature and blood pressure.
Dr Kylie A Steel (opens in a new window)
Dr Kylie A Steel is a movement learning scientist with a background teaching in schools and exploring the factors that influence movement learning and perception for different populations. Specifically, Kylie has examined the efficacy of self-modelling in learning and the cues used by observers to identify others based on form and motion. More recently her work includes exploring the eye movement behaviours of elite athletes with an interest in female athletes and the impact of the menstrual cycle on performance.
Dr Kate O’Reilly (opens in a new window)
Kate is a lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She has a research interest in the sexual and reproductive health for women who live with chronic conditions and impairments. Kate's recent research has been exploring women's knowledge and experience of perimenopause and menopause
Dr Rosalie Power (opens in a new window)
Rosalie is an Associate Research Fellow at the Translational Health Research Institute. Rosalie research uses co-creation methods to work towards equity in health and wellbeing, including sexual health, with communities who are marginalized such as LGBTQI people, people with disability and new migrant and refugee women. Rosalie interest in menstrual health and wellbeing has included research examining the menstrual experiences and needs of adolescents with cerebral palsy in rural Bangladesh.
Dr Samantha Ryan (opens in a new window)
Samantha’s research focus is within critical health psychology and women’s sexual and reproductive health. Her areas of research interest are premenstrual embodiment, body image and body management behaviours.
Ms Millie Mardon (opens in a new window)
Millie is an early career researcher completing her PhD at the University of South Australia and working as a post doctoral researcher at Western Sydney University. Her research focuses on the use of pain science education and self-management of persistent pelvic pain. She is now looking at the role of medicinal cannabis for the management of endometriosis symptoms.
Thesis title: “The effects of sex and age on autonomic control of blood pressure and the transduction of sympathetic nerve activity to vascular responses.”
Thesis title: Endometriosis and Endocannabinoid System Modulation: optimising insurance medicine in a cannabinoid medicine context for Australian patients
Thesis title: Indigenous Peoples Experience and Understanding of Menstrual Health
Thesis title: Endo@Work project: developing and evaluating employer guidelines for supporting those with endometriosis in the workplace
Thesis title: Women’s construction and experiences of hormonal and non-hormonal contraception
Thesis title: The role of naturopathy in the management of women with diminished ovarian reserve.
Thesis title: Culturally appropriate care for ethnic Indian women with PCOS; role of yoga and Ayurveda
Thesis title: The safety, tolerability and effectiveness of medicinal cannabis for endometriosis pain and related symptoms: A mixed methods project.