Dr Emma Tseris

PhD (Sydney), BSW(Hons)(Sydney), BA(Sydney)
Lecturer

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Emma's research and teaching areas include critical mental health theory, the intersections between gender and mental illness labelling practices, and therapization trends within neoliberal societies. She is the author of Trauma, Women’s Mental Health and Social Justice: Pitfalls and Possibilities, to be published by Routledge in 2019, which utilises critical and poststructural feminist theories to interrogate assumptions about the effects of gender-based violence on women’s lives, and to highlight the oppressive implications of an individualising, symptom-focused approach to understanding trauma.

Research interests

The social construction of mental illness; mental health, gender inequality, and social justice; biomedical and therapeutic governance; lived experience narratives of mental distress.

Teaching and supervision

Units of Study that I have developed and coordinated include: SCWK2007 Lifecourse perspectives on development; SCWK2008 Social Work and Mental Health; SCWK6952 Critical Perspectives on Mental Health. I also have a strong interest in supporting and supervising Social Work Honours students.

I am available to provide Higher Degree research supervision in areas including: developing sociological understandings of mental health discourses and biomedical power; gender and mental health; sanism and critical mental health theory; mental health policy analysis.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Value Free Management for Social Workers: An Impossible Ask? Robert FORD
Challenging a sacrosanct tradition: Engagement with and resistance to psychiatrisation of people whose gender is self designated. Rebecca HOWE

Current projects

Missing voices in trauma research: Learning from women's experiences of 'opting out', 'dropping out', or 'missing out' of therapeutic services following adverse/traumatic life events (funded by FASS Research Incubator grant).

The role of peer advisors (service users/ people with lived experiences) as employees within human service agencies (funded by Neami National, Industry Engagement grant).

Intersections between human development curricula and social justice (international collaboration across Australia, NZ, Canada, UK).

Associations

Book review editor:Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches.

Awards and honours

2018 Selected for ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Mentoring Scheme.

2017 Dean's Unit of Study Survey Teaching Commendation.

2016 Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award.

In the media


Selected grants

2018

  • Working with mental health consumers to create authentic learning experiences; Mackenzie L, Hancock N, Scanlan J, Arblaster K, Schneider C, Chen T, McCloughen A, River J, Buus N, Kostecki T, Rangan A, Nicholson M, Tseris E; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2016

  • eHealthMap: a collaborative core curriculum and resource repository for eHealth readiness across health professional degrees; Shaw T, Togher L, Gallagher R, Dracopoulos S, Jones C, Bero L, Smith L, Keep M, Brunner M, Lam M, Nagarajan S, McGregor D, Morris J, Cook D, Tseris E, McEntee M, Janssen A, Mann G; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Tseris, E. (2019). Trauma, women's mental health, and social justice: Pitfalls and possibilities. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Tseris, E. (2019). Accepting my illness? Problematising the claims of mental health anti-stigma efforts. In D. Baines, B. Bennett, S. Goodwin & M. Rawsthorne (Eds.), Working across difference: Social work, social policy and social justice, (pp. 155-169). London: Red Globe Press.
  • Tseris, E. (2018). A feminist critique of trauma therapy. In Bruce M. Z. Cohen (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of critical mental health, (pp. 251-257). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Baines, D., Tseris, E., Waugh, F. (2018). Activism and advocacy. In Neil Thompson, Paul Stepney (Eds.), Social work theory and methods: The essentials, (pp. 215-226). New York: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Tseris, E. (2018). Biomedicine, neoliberalism and the pharmaceuticalisation of society. In Bruce M. Z. Cohen (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of critical mental health, (pp. 169-176). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Tseris, E., Cohen, B. (2016). Cosmetic pharmacology. In S. Boslaugh (Eds.), Encyclopedia of pharmacology and society, (pp. 420-423). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  • Cohen, B., Tseris, E. (2016). Indigenous and ethnic minorities: New Zealand. In S. Boslaugh (Eds.), Encyclopedia of pharmacology and society, (pp. 774-777). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  • Macfarlane, B., Cohen, Z., Tseris, E. (2014). Psychiatric social work. In A. Scull (Eds.), Cultural sociology of mental illness: An A-to-Z guide, (pp. 687-691). USA: Sage Publications.
  • Tseris, E. (2013). Beyond symptoms: Towards a narrative conceptualisation of women who have experienced trauma. In F. Davies & L. Gonzalez (Eds.), Madness, Women and the Power of Art, (pp. 25-43). United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Journals

  • Tseris, E. (2019). Social work and women's mental health: Does trauma theory provide a useful framework? British Journal of Social Work, 49(3), 686-703. [More Information]
  • Brunner, M., McGregor, D., Keep, M., Janssen, A., Spallek, H., Quinn, D., Jones, A., Tseris, E., Yeung, W., Togher, L., Shaw, T., et al (2018). An eHealth capabilities framework for graduates and health professionals: Mixed-methods study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(5), e10229. [More Information]
  • Jordan, K., Tseris, E. (2018). Locating, understanding and celebrating disability: Revisiting Erikson's "stages". Feminism and Psychology: an international journal, 28(3), 427-444. [More Information]
  • Tseris, E. (2016). Thinking Critically About 'Mental Health Issues' Affecting Women During/After Violence. Social Alternatives, 35(4), 37-42.
  • Tseris, E. (2015). Trauma and women's rights..According to whom? Decolonizing the psychological trauma narrative. Feminism and Psychology: an international journal, 25(1), 34-38. [More Information]
  • Tseris, E. (2013). Trauma Theory Without Feminism? Evaluating Contemporary Understandings of Traumatized Women. Affilia-Journal of Women and Social Work, 28(2), 153-164. [More Information]

Other

  • Tseris, E. (2014), Diagnosing Distress? Psychiatric and Therapeutic Constructions of "Traumatised" Young Women (PhD thesis). [More Information]

2019

  • Tseris, E. (2019). Accepting my illness? Problematising the claims of mental health anti-stigma efforts. In D. Baines, B. Bennett, S. Goodwin & M. Rawsthorne (Eds.), Working across difference: Social work, social policy and social justice, (pp. 155-169). London: Red Globe Press.
  • Tseris, E. (2019). Social work and women's mental health: Does trauma theory provide a useful framework? British Journal of Social Work, 49(3), 686-703. [More Information]
  • Tseris, E. (2019). Trauma, women's mental health, and social justice: Pitfalls and possibilities. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. [More Information]

2018

  • Tseris, E. (2018). A feminist critique of trauma therapy. In Bruce M. Z. Cohen (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of critical mental health, (pp. 251-257). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Baines, D., Tseris, E., Waugh, F. (2018). Activism and advocacy. In Neil Thompson, Paul Stepney (Eds.), Social work theory and methods: The essentials, (pp. 215-226). New York: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Brunner, M., McGregor, D., Keep, M., Janssen, A., Spallek, H., Quinn, D., Jones, A., Tseris, E., Yeung, W., Togher, L., Shaw, T., et al (2018). An eHealth capabilities framework for graduates and health professionals: Mixed-methods study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(5), e10229. [More Information]
  • Tseris, E. (2018). Biomedicine, neoliberalism and the pharmaceuticalisation of society. In Bruce M. Z. Cohen (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of critical mental health, (pp. 169-176). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Jordan, K., Tseris, E. (2018). Locating, understanding and celebrating disability: Revisiting Erikson's "stages". Feminism and Psychology: an international journal, 28(3), 427-444. [More Information]

2016

  • Tseris, E., Cohen, B. (2016). Cosmetic pharmacology. In S. Boslaugh (Eds.), Encyclopedia of pharmacology and society, (pp. 420-423). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  • Cohen, B., Tseris, E. (2016). Indigenous and ethnic minorities: New Zealand. In S. Boslaugh (Eds.), Encyclopedia of pharmacology and society, (pp. 774-777). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  • Tseris, E. (2016). Thinking Critically About 'Mental Health Issues' Affecting Women During/After Violence. Social Alternatives, 35(4), 37-42.

2015

  • Tseris, E. (2015). Trauma and women's rights..According to whom? Decolonizing the psychological trauma narrative. Feminism and Psychology: an international journal, 25(1), 34-38. [More Information]

2014

  • Tseris, E. (2014), Diagnosing Distress? Psychiatric and Therapeutic Constructions of "Traumatised" Young Women (PhD thesis). [More Information]
  • Macfarlane, B., Cohen, Z., Tseris, E. (2014). Psychiatric social work. In A. Scull (Eds.), Cultural sociology of mental illness: An A-to-Z guide, (pp. 687-691). USA: Sage Publications.

2013

  • Tseris, E. (2013). Beyond symptoms: Towards a narrative conceptualisation of women who have experienced trauma. In F. Davies & L. Gonzalez (Eds.), Madness, Women and the Power of Art, (pp. 25-43). United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Tseris, E. (2013). Trauma Theory Without Feminism? Evaluating Contemporary Understandings of Traumatized Women. Affilia-Journal of Women and Social Work, 28(2), 153-164. [More Information]

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