Dr. Jem Tosh (they/she) supervises research projects that use qualitative methodologies. She has a particular interest in research that includes discursive and critical approaches, as well as projects that look at issues from multiple perspectives and/or disciplines. Her research interests include:
- Sexual abuse and violence
- Gender (incl. cisgender men and women, Two Spirit, intersex, trans, and nonbinary genders)
- Sexuality, queer psychology
- Conversion/reparative therapies, abuse in therapy
- Sanism, pathologisation, medicalisation
- The history of psychology and psychiatry
- Critical discursive psychology
- Critical intersectionality theory
- Media representations
Jem is a Doctor of Psychology, a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and a Member of the Canadian Psychological Association. She specialises in the psychology of gender and trauma, particularly the intersections of gender and sexuality in experiences of sexual violence. She has published several books on these topics including: Perverse Psychology (2014), Psychology and Gender Dysphoria: Feminist and Transgender Perspectives (2016), and The Body and Consent in Psychology, Psychiatry, and Medicine: A Therapeutic Rape Culture (2020). She was awarded the Psychology of Women and Equalities Section (POWES) Postgraduate Prize for her PhD research on the medicalisation of sexual violence, and in 2020 she received a Research Award from the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) for her published work regarding trans youth. You can view a comprehensive list of her publications here.
Jem is a queer, nonbinary immigrant who is a survivor of sexual abuse. She has written about her experiences in her latest book chapter: 'Sexual Abuse and Surviving with(in) Psychology' in #MeToo: Counsellors and Psychotherapists Speak about Sexual Violence and Abuse.
Kuhl, D. (2019). Death of the Clinic: Trans-forming the clinical gaze to counter epistemic violence. The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. (Supervisory Committee, Lead Supervisor: Dr. Wayne Martino)
"...despite her status as an internationally renowned author and scholar, when I reached out to Dr. Tosh to say how much I appreciated her work, what I found was a warm, compassionate, and approachable person, who goes above and beyond to support ALL women."
Dr. Diana Kuhl
The University of Western Ontario
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** Students do not need to be local, online supervision is offered.
also known as Dr. Jemma Tosh (deadname)