Professor Janette Perz

Janette Perz


Institute Co-Director (Research) and Professor of Health Psychology


Janette Perz is a Professor in the Translational Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University. 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.

Research Interests

  • Women's health
  • Reproductive and sexual health focusing on gendered experiences, subjectivity and identity.
  • Psycho-oncology
  • PMS
  • Menopause
  • Cancer and sexuality

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD University of Sydney
  • BA University of Sydney

Research and Publications


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