Gemma Sharp


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Gemma is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow in the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology (University of Adelaide), Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Microbiology and Immunology (University of Adelaide), a Masters degree in Oncology (University of Cambridge), a Diploma in Languages in Japanese (University of Adelaide), a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (University of Adelaide), a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences Honours degree in Psychology (Flinders University) and a PhD in Clinical Psychology (Flinders University). Her research career in both Medical Science and Psychology has seen her study and work in Australia, Japan and the UK. 

Gemma was awarded a PhD from Flinders University in Adelaide in 2017 which investigated the psychological predictors and outcomes of female genital cosmetic surgery. She worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Academic at Curtin University in Perth in 2016-2017 and expanded her research to include male genital cosmetic procedures. She began her NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship at Monash University in January 2018 which focuses on genital self-image concerns as well as body image concerns more generally. 

Gemma's research has received extensive coverage on mainstream media and she makes regular appearances on television and radio. She was named one of ABC Radio National's Top 5 Under 40 Scientists in 2017 and also was invited to deliver at TEDx talk in Brisbane in 2017. Most recently, she was named a Young Tall Poppy Award winner for Victoria in 2018. 

Gemma is also a Clinical Psychologist (Registrar) and has had experience in the public and private sectors in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. Her particular areas of clinical interest are body image concerns, eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder. She serves on the Australian Psychological Society’s National Clinical College Committee as the Early Career Representative.  

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 2012 2019

Commentary on: Major Motivators and Sociodemographic Features of Women Undergoing Labiaplasty

Sharp, G. V., 8 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Flawed perceptions

Sharp, G., Jun 2018, In : InPsych. 40, 3, p. 16-21 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOther

Open Access

Nonsurgical Medical Penile Girth Augmentation: A Retrospective Study of Psychological and Psychosexual Outcomes

Sharp, G. & Oates, J., 8 May 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Response to “Comments on ‘Nonsurgical medical penile girth augmentation: Experience-based recommendations’”

Oates, J. & Sharp, G., 1 Feb 2018, In : Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 38, 2, p. NP42-NP43

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review

A retrospective study of the psychological outcomes of labiaplasty

Sharp, G., Tiggemann, M. & Mattiske, J., 1 Jan 2017, In : Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 37, 3, p. 324-331 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


ABC Radio National Top 5 Under 40 Scientist

Gemma Victoria Sharp (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Academy Laser Clinic Travel Grant

Gemma Victoria Sharp (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Australasian Sexual Health Conference 2016 Scholarship

Gemma Victoria Sharp (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Australian Postgraduate Award

Gemma Victoria Sharp (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Press / Media

The key to facial rejuvenation might already be in the body

Gemma Victoria Sharp


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Sex Ed talk you never got!

Gemma Victoria Sharp


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

ASJ March 2019 Article Highlight

Gemma Victoria Sharp & Jayson Oates


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Race influences our response to cosmetic surgery

Gemma Victoria Sharp


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Triple R's Radiotherapy Program Co-Hosting (ongoing)

Gemma Victoria Sharp


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities