Gemma Sharp

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

<a href="" onclick="target='_blank';"></a>


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Gemma leads the Body Image & Eating Disorders Research Program in the Department of Neuroscience at Monash University. She is currently an NHMRC Emerging Leadership 2 Fellow (2023-2027) and a former NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow (2018-2022). 

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 Mental Health 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 body image concerns and cosmetic genital surgery. She worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Academic at Curtin University in Perth and extended this genital self-image research to other genders. She continues this genital self-image research program across the gender spectrum. 

Gemma then commenced an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship at Monash University (2018-2022) and more recently an NHMRC Emerging Leadership 2 Fellowship (2023-2027). Gemma and the program she heads investigate the factors leading to body image concerns and eating disorders (across the age spectrum) and novel therapeutic interventions to address these concerns, including digital technologies such as chatbots like JEMTM and mobile apps. Gemma has led collaborative technical and commercial projects with national eating disorder support organisations across the globe. To donate to this important research, please click here

Gemma will be launching and leading the international Consortium for Research in Eating Disorders (CoRe-ED) from September 2024 which aims to bring together all key voices in eating disorder research on a global scale to improve eating disorder care.  

Gemma's research has received extensive coverage on mainstream media and she makes very regular appearances on television. She was named one of ABC Radio National's Top 5 Under 40 Scientists in 2017 and also was invited to deliver a TED talk in Brisbane in 2017. More recently, she won the Australian Psychological Society Media Award for Public Engagement with Psychological Science (2023), Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research (2022), Club Melbourne Fellowship (2022), Rising Star for the Association for Psychological Science (2021), two time national finalist for the Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Researcher Award (2021, 2019), Flinders Universiry Early Career Alumni Awardee (2021), one of The Educator's Rising Stars (2020), Australian Psychological Society Early Career Researcher Awardee (2020), a national finalist for a Eureka Prize (2020), received a national AMP Tomorrow Maker Award (2019), and was a Young Tall Poppy Award winner for Victoria (2018). She also served as a host on Melbourne radio Triple R Radiotherapy program (2018-2022) and continues to make regular appearances on Triple R programs. 

In addition, Gemma is a registered clinical psychologist and has had clinical experience in the public and private sectors in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. She has led her own private practice since 2019 and is currently the Senior Clinical Psychologist and Research Lead at the Women's Recovery Network (Statewide Women's Mental Health Service) at Alfred Health. She is a Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician (CEDC) and a Board Approved Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.

She and her research played key roles in the the National and Victorian State Eating Disorder strategies (2023/2024). Furthermore, she was the lead expert for the national clinical practice guidelines for the psychological evaluation of patients undergoing cosmetic procedures in 2018 and 2023. A/Prof Sharp will be launching a health professional online course addressing psychological assessments for cosmetic patients in Q2 2024. 

Gemma currently serves on the National Eating Disorders Collaboration Right Care Right Place Advisory Group and the Community and Researcher Engagement (CaRE) Committee at School of Translational Medicine, Monash University. She is also an ethics consultant for Bellberry Limited. She formerly served on the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Executive Committee as well as the Chairperson of the ANZAED Membership Committee. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Australian Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ASPOG)

You can follow Gemma's latest research and other activities on Twitter/X @gemmasharp11

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Body image
  • Eating disorders
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Social Media
  • Social media and digital education
  • Chatbot
  • Education Research
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Intervention
  • internet research
  • Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Surgery
  • Sexual Health
  • Psychological Assessment

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or