BiographyI am a doctor of psychology and an author based in White Rock, BC. I am a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society and Founding Director of Psygentra, an organisation that specializes in the psychology of gender and trauma. I founded Psygentra after working in mental health services and academia for over ten years. I continue my research at The Psygentra Institute and I am a Professor for Psygentra's online courses on psychology, gender, and sexual violence.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Discourse analysis, qualitative research methods, online research, transgender and feminist psychology, gender identity, sexuality, sexual violence and abuse, critical and community psychology.
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Published: May 15, 2020 by Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice
Authors: Jemma Tosh and Krista Carson
Subjects: Gender & Sexuality, Gender & Intersectionality Studies
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders combined ‘vaginismus’ and ‘dyspareunia’ to produce a new diagnostic classification: ‘genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder.’ Using discourse analysis and critical intersectional analysis this paper analyzes psychiatric discourse to illuminate the violence inherent in procedures and treatments that perpetuate sanism and (hetero)sexism within psychiatry.
Published: Oct 15, 2013 by Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity and Practice
Authors: Tosh, J.
Subjects: Psychological Science, Sociology, Health and Social Care
Childhood sexual abuse is visible within psychiatric theories of gender dysphoria, but markedly invisible within medical discourse on disorders of sex development. While sexual abuse has been problematically argued by psychiatry to play a role in the development of gender dyphoria, the potentially abusive touching of intersex children’s bodies is legitimized and standardized. Such discourses continue psychiatry’s framing of gender nonconformity, rather than sexual violence, as pathological.
Published: Jul 15, 2011 by Psychology of Women Section Review
Authors: Tosh, J.
Subjects: History, Sociology
In 2010 the American Psychiatric Association (APA) proposed revisions for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), which included criteria for ‘Paraphilic Coercive Disorder’ (PCD). This proposed revision represented renewed attempts by psychiatry to medicalise ‘sadistic’ rape and normalise ‘opportunistic’ rape. This paper describes the analysis of data collected from online blogs and the DSM-5 website regarding this proposed disorder.