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 the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) at Monash University in 2018 which focuses on the factors leading to body image concerns and novel therapeutic interventions using digital technologies to address these concerns. She leads the Body Image Research Group at MAPrc.   

Gemma's research has received extensive coverage on mainstream media and she makes 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 at TEDx talk in Brisbane in 2017. Most recently, she received a national AMP Tomorrow Maker Award (2019), was named as a national finalist for the Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher Award (2019), and was a Young Tall Poppy Award winner for Victoria (2018). She has also served as a co-host on Triple R's Radiotherapy program since 2018.  

Gemma is also a clinical psychologist and has had clinical experience in the public and private sectors in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. She has her own private practice and 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, the Victorian Section of the Australian Psychological Society's Clinical College Committee, and the Australian Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology Executive Committee. 

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

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 2012 2020

Do Genital Cosmetic Procedures Improve Women’s Self-Esteem? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Sharp, G., Maynard, P., Hudaib, A-R., Hamori, C., Oates, J., Kulkarni, J. & Sarwer, D., 5 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Measuring Quality of Life in Female Genital Cosmetic Procedure Patients: A Systematic Review of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures

Sharp, G., Maynard, P., Hamori, C., Oates, J., Sarwer, D. & Kulkarni, J., Mar 2020, In : Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 40, 3, p. 311–318 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

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

Sharp, G. V., Dec 2019, In : Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 39, 12, p. NP528-NP529 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

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

Sharp, G. & Oates, J., Mar 2019, In : Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 39, 3, p. 306-316 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Sleep and performance in Eathletes: for the win!

Bonnar, D., Castine, B. R., Kakoschke, N. & Sharp, G., 15 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Sleep Health. 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review


ABC Radio National Top 5 Under 40 Scientist

Gemma Sharp (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Academy Laser Clinic Travel Grant

Gemma Sharp (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

AMP Tomorrow Maker Award

Gemma Sharp (Recipient), 28 Nov 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Australasian Sexual Health Conference 2016 Scholarship

Gemma Sharp (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Australian Postgraduate Award

Gemma Sharp (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Press / Media

5 ways I'm learning to accept my post-baby body

Gemma Sharp


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Triple R's Radiotherapy Program (Host)

Gemma Sharp


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

It's a positive body image revolution

Gemma Sharp


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

Recovery IS Possible Across the Lifespan

Gemma Sharp


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs