Samantha Ryan

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Research Assistant and PhD candidate


Samantha is a research assistant and PhD candidate at THRI, Western Sydney University. As a research assistant, Samantha has worked on various projects exploring health and inequities in marginalised groups including, ‘Crossing the Line: Lived Experience of Sexual Violence among Transwomen from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Backgrounds’; ‘Out with Cancer: LGBTI experiences of cancer survivorship and care’; ‘Breath of Fresh Air – Creating Opportunities for Change in Aboriginal Communities’; ‘Childfree by choice: Constructions of femininity, quality of life and experience of voluntary childlessness among Australian women.’ Samantha has also assisted in a project exploring ‘The shaping of self-assessment through portfolios in medical education’.

Samantha’s research focus is within critical health psychology exploring women’s premenstrual embodiment in the context of body dissatisfaction and body management behaviours. In her research, she uses mixed methods including quantitative, qualitative and arts-based methods including body mapping.

Research Interests

  • Women’s reproductive and mental health.
  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Critical health psychology

Qualifications and Recognition

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)

Research & Publications

For a complete list of my publications please see my publications page (opens in a new window)

Contact Details
LocationBuilding 3, Campbelltown