Dr Jemma Tosh

Lecturer
Jemma Tosh, Psychology

Jemma teaches research methods with a particular focus on qualitative analysis. Her research interests include a broad range of topics related to gender, sexuality, and sexual violence.

Qualifications

PhD Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Regent’s College, London.

BSc Psychology (First Class Honours) University of Liverpool, Chester College.

Overview

Jemma Tosh is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and a full member of the Division for Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP). She is a committee member of the Psychology of Women Section of the British Psychological Society, contributing as an Assistant Editor for the Psychology of Women Section Review, General Assembly Representative and Honorary Treasurer. She has previously served as a Committee Member for the Division of Clinical Psychology (North West Branch) between 2009 and 2012.

 

She is an International Affiliate of the Canadian Psychological Association and a member of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) of the American Psychological Association. She is also a member of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) and the International Committee for Women (ICfW).

 

Jemma is Section Editor for the Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, and Guest Editor for a Special Issue of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology on gender and sexuality. She is also a member of the Discourse Unit: Centre for Qualitative and Theoretical Research, having delivered several research seminars to fellow members and postgraduate students. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in 2011. Jemma is currently writing two books, one on the critical psychology of transgenderism and sexual violence (due in 2014) and a second on feminist and transgender perspectives of gender dysphoria (due in 2015).

 

Email: j.tosh@chester.ac.uk

Web profiles:

Academia: http://mmu.academia.edu/JemmaTosh

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jemma_Tosh

Teaching

Researching Thought and Behaviour (PS7301)

Interpersonal Psychology in Personal Life (PS7103)

Becoming a Psychological Researcher (PS5015)

Research Methods and Skills (PS4005)

Core Topics in Psychology (PS4010)

Research

Jemma’s research examines gender (including transgenderism and intersexuality), sexuality, sexual violence, critical psychology, psychiatric diagnosis (particularly gender identity disorders and the paraphilias), feminism, activism, intersections of psychology and law (related to sexual violence and domestic abuse), racism, cisgenderism, and other forms of discrimination or minoritisation.

 

Jemma is interested in qualitative methods and online research. Her work uses discourse analysis and makes use of a wide variety of materials including historical psychiatric texts, newspaper articles, online forums and blogs.

 

 

Published work

Invited Book(s):

Tosh, J. (Forthcoming). Perverse Psychology: The Critical Psychology of Transgenderism and Sexual Violence. London: Routledge.

Invited Journal Article(s):

Tosh, J. (In Press). The (In)Visibility of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Psychiatric Theorizing of Transgenderism and Intersexuality. Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice.

Invited Book Chapter(s):

Tosh, J. (In Press). Working Together for an Inclusive and Gender Creative Future: A Critical Lens on ‘Gender Dysphoria’. In E. Meyer & A. Pullen Sansfaçon (Eds.), Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth: Schools, Families, and Communities in Action. New York NY: Peter Lang Publishing

Invited Short Articles

Tosh, J. (2011). ‘Zuck Off!’ A Commentary on the Protest Against Ken Zucker and His ‘Treatment’ of Childhood Gender Identity Disorder. Psychology of Women Section Review, 13(1), 10-16.

Tosh, J. (2011). Challenging Queerphobic Practice: Protesting Ken Zucker’s ‘Prevention’ of Gender Diversity. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 2(1), 52-59.

Tosh, J. (2011). Professor Zucker’s Invitation as a Keynote Speaker to the Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference: A Response. PsyPAG Quarterly, 79(1), 14-19.

Tosh, J. (2011). Professor Zucker’s Invitation as a Keynote Speaker to the Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference: A Response. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 2(1), 62-67.

 

Tosh, J. & Phillips, J. (2009). How Does The Sun Newspaper Portray Rape? Qualitative Methods in Psychology Newsletter, 7, 5-9.

Peer Reviewed Short Articles

Tosh, J. (2013). The DSM-5 and ‘Gender Dysphoria’: An Analysis of Feminist and Transgender Discourses [Symposium Abstract]. Psychology, Community & Health, 2(2), 231.

Tosh, J. (2013). Women and Austerity: Beyond ‘Make Do and Mend’. Psychology of Women Section Review, 15(1), 46-52.

Tosh, J. (2012). Feminist Sexology and Activism: Challenges to the Medicalisation of Sex. PsyPAG Quarterly, 84, 26-29.

Tosh, J. (2011). The Medicalisation of Rape? A Discursive Analysis of ‘Paraphilic Coercive Disorder’ and the Psychiatrization of Sexuality. Psychology of Women Section Review, 13(2), 2-12.

Tosh, J. (2011). Academic Debate or Transphobic Hate? A Response to ‘Zuckergate’. Clinical Psychology Forum, 221, 51-54.

Book and Conference Reviews

Tosh, J. (2011). Delusions of Gender. Psychology of Women Section Review, 13(2), 37-43.

Tosh, J. (2010). CyComp 2010: The ‘Extreme Male Brain’ Theory of Why Men Are Better Suited to IT. Psychology of Women Section Review, 12(2), 29-32.

Invited Presentations

Tosh, J. (2012, October). Alternative Diagnosis: Trans/forming ‘Gender Identity Disorder’? National Workshop on Gender Creative Children, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Tosh, J. (2011, September). Alternative Diagnosis: Trans/forming ‘Gender Identity Disorder’? Asylum Conference, Manchester UK.

Tosh, J. (2011, July) The Medicalisation of Rape? A Discursive Analysis of ‘Paraphilic Coercive Disorder’ and the Psychiatrization of Sexuality. Psychology of Women Section Conference, Windsor, UK.

Tosh, J. (2011, July). Challenging Queerphobic Practice: Protesting Ken Zucker’s ‘Prevention’ of Gender Diversity. Psychology of Women Section Conference, Windsor, UK.

Invited Seminars

Tosh, J. (2013, October). Fatal Fantasies: What Does the Desire to Die Mean for Feminist Psychology? Gender, Sexuality & Critical Psychology Lab, Ryerson University, Toronto, CA.

Tosh, J. (2011, January). Reflections on the Zucker Protest. Seminar presented at the Discourse Unit: Centre for Qualitative and Theoretical Research, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

 

Tosh, J. (2011, May). Challenging Queerphobic Practice: Protesting Ken Zucker’s ‘Treatment’ of Childhood Gender Identity Disorder. Seminar presented at the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, CA.

Tosh, J. (2010, February). Studying Cyberspace: Discourse Analysis and Virtual Discussions. Seminar presented at the Discourse Unit: Centre for Qualitative and Theoretical Research, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Tosh, J. (2007, October). Social Constructions of Female Rape Victims: Disempowerment Through the Mass Media. Seminar presented at the Social and Cultural Research in Psychology Group, University of Northampton, UK.

Refereed Conference Symposia

Angel, K., Giami, A., Tosh, J. (2013, March). Sexual Disorders: Are They Mental Disorders? Symposium at DSM: The History, Theory and Politics of Diagnosis Conference, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Callaghan, J., Tosh, J., Healicon, A., Burman, E. and Smith, L. (2011, June). This Post Feminist Moment? Theorising Sex and Sexual Violence in an Age of Skepticism. 14th Biennial Conference of The International Society for Theoretical Psychology, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Peer Reviewed Presentations

Tosh, J. (2013, September). Perverse Psychology: In Conversation with the Paraphilias. Normalcy Conference, Sheffield, UK.

Tosh, J. (2013, July). Fatal Fantasies: What Does the Desire to Die Mean for Feminist Psychology? Psychology of Women Section Conference, Windsor, UK.

Tosh, J. (2013, March). (Ab)Normal Sexual Violence? ‘Paraphilic Coercive Disorder’ and the DSM. DSM: The History, Theory and Politics of Diagnosis Conference, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

 Tosh, J. (2013, March). No Body, No Crime? (Representations of) Sexual Violence Online. Talking Bodies: Identity, Sexuality, Representation Conference, The University of Chester, UK.

Tosh, J. (2012, July). ‘Rape Me I’m Irish’: An Analysis of the Intersecting Discourses of Anti-Irish Racism and Sexual Violence. Psychology of Women Section Conference, Windsor, UK.

 Tosh, J. (2012, July). Psychiatric Constructions of Transgenderism: Pathologising Gender Nonconformity as a Result of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA). Psychology of Women Section Conference, Windsor, UK.

 Tosh, J. (2012, July). Stranger Rape: Defying Norms, or Normalising Violence? Research Institute of Health & Social Change Conference, Manchester, UK.

 Curry, L., Tosh, J. (2012, July). Bigger, Fatter, and More Racist? A Discursive Analysis of the ‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’ Advertising Campaign. Research Institute of Health & Social Change Conference, Manchester, UK.

 Brennan, M., Tosh, J. (2012, July). No Rest for the Wicket: Investigating the Positioning of Mental Health within the Context of a Male National Cricket Team. Research Institute for Health and Social Change Conference, Manchester, UK.

 Tosh, J. (2012, March). ‘Rape Me I’m Irish’: An Analysis of the Intersecting Discourses of Anti-Irish Racism and Sexual Violence. Women and Media: Representations Past and Present, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 Tosh, J. (2011, November). Psychiatric Constructions of Transgenderism: Pathologising Gender Nonconformity as a Result of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA). Congress on Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse, Nottingham, UK.

 Tosh, J. (2011, July). ‘Atypical’ Gender Expression and Inequality: A Critical Interrogation of the ‘Treatment’ of Childhood Gender Identity Disorder. Interrogating (In)Equality Conference, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

 Tosh, J. (2011, June). Computer-Mediated Discourse and Sexual Violence: A Discourse Analysis of Online Conversations about Rape. International Society of Theoretical Psychology Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece.

 Tosh, J. (2011, April). The Medicalisation of Rape: A Discourse Analysis of Online Conversations about ‘Paraphilic Coercive Disorder’ (PCD). The Medicalization of Sex Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

 Tosh, J. (2010, August). Challenges of Offline Methods for Online Data: A Discourse Analysis of Online Conversations about Rape. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Conference, Nottingham, UK.

 Tosh, J. (2010, July). Computer-Mediated Discourse and Sexual Violence: A Discourse Analysis of Online Conversations about Rape. Psychology of Women Section Conference, Windsor, UK.

 Tosh, J. (2007, July). Social Constructions of Female Rape Victims: Disempowerment Through the Mass Media. Psychology of Women Annual Conference, Windsor, UK.

 Peer Reviewed Poster Presentations

 Tosh, J. (2010, July). Computer-Mediated Discourse and Sexual Violence: A Discourse Analysis of Online Conversations about Rape. Research Institute of Health and Social Change Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.

 Tosh, J. (2010, July). Social Constructions of Rape in Cyberspace: A Discourse Analysis of Social Network Site (SNS) Forums. Computer Psychology & Cyberpsychology Conference, Bolton, UK.

 Tosh, J. (2010, April). Social Constructions of Rape in Cyberspace: A Discourse Analysis of MySpace Forums. Social Networking in Cyberspace Conference, Wolverhampton, UK.

 Tosh, J. (2008, September). Social Constructions of Female Rape Victims: Disempowerment Through the Mass Media. Poster presented at the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Inaugural Conference, Leeds, UK.