Dr Gomathi Sitharthan

MA(HONS),MPhil,PhD (USyd)
Senior Lecturer, Psychology

C43T - T Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 9584
Fax +61 2 9351 9540

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Biographical details

I trained in Australia and received my PhD in Psychology from the University of Sydney. I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology with the Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health.

Research interests

Gomathi is a member of the following research team:

Behavioural processes and translational research

I have conducted research in the broad areas of health psychology and am particularly interested in translational research and have engaged in research focusing on preventative methods, early/brief/opportunistic/low cost interventions, and clinical trials addressing mental health / addictive behaviours/associated comorbidities, suicide risk reduction and depression management, promoting “self-change” programs in the community, ascertaining the impact of clinical training to deliver effective health care, clinical services evaluations, facilitating the up-take of effective interventions in health services and evaluating impacts of training, exploring migrant health, etc. Recently, I have broadened my research interests and am currently actively pursuing research in the area of the Psychology of Human Sexual Behaviour and Emotional Health, e.g. Internet Pornography, Sexuality and Body Image, Sex Education, Doctor-Patient communication, and Migrant Sexual Health, etc.

Teaching and supervision

Higher Degree Completions:

  • 16 PhD
  • 4 Research Masters students

Current Supervision:

  • Primary Supervisor to 5 PhD students
  • Associate Supervisor to 1 PhD student
  • Primary Supervisor to 1 Research Masters students

Current projects

Acculturation of Muslims in Australia

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Arabic Version: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FFX3SJZ


Expectations and Experiences of Consumers Seeking Assistance from Psychologists/Clinical Psychologists

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In the media

(2013) Inaugural Survey of People Who Have Been Referred To A Psychologist – University Of Sydney, November, Australian Health Care Bulletin.http://www.hospitalhealth.com.au/news/inaugural-survey-people-referred-psychologist-university-sydney/

(2013) Mental Health Survey, 25 Oct, The Senior, http://www.thesenior.com.au/Health/Health-News/mental-health-survey

(2013) Pornography on mobile devices fueling addiction, brokenness, October 23, The Alabama Baptist, http://www.thealabamabaptist.org/print-edition-article-detail.php?id_art=29668

(2013) Why do teen girls want 'porn star look' March, Malaysia Chronicle, http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=71962:why-do-teen-girls-want-porn-star-look&Itemid=4&tmpl=component&print=1#.UqaaObA9LIU

(2013) Sexualisation of Society, Teenage, March, ACL. http://www.acl.org.au/2013/03/pick-of-the-day%E2%80%99s-news-%E2%80%93-thursday-21-march-2013/

(2013) Pornography on mobile devices fueling addiction, brokenness, October 23, The Alabama Baptist, http://www.thealabamabaptist.org/print-edition-article-detail.php?id_art=29668

(2012) Australia-first meeting tackles unacceptable maternal and child health in Burma,Apr 15, Asian Correspondent.com, http://asiancorrespondent.com/80450/australia-first-meeting-tackles-unacceptable-maternal-and-child-health-in-burma/

(2012) “Porn research questions messages of sexuality” ABC TV 7.30 Report (09/05/2012), http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3499376.htm

(2012) Porn addiction can be unlearned: study,May 11, Sydney Morning Herald, Life And Style. http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/porn-addiction-can-be-unlearned-study-20120511-1ygy6.html

( 2012) “Between the Bed sheets”, Financial Review,(4.8.2012) http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac;jsessionid=1F612A66986D8F71C987A8A6C9F761D8?sy=afr&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=1month&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=brs&cls=54&clsPage=1&docID=AGE1208041T5V95UKBMA

(2012) Porn addiction on the rise as technology removes barriers to access, NineMSN, Health and Wellbeing,14 May,http://m.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8467004&site=health

(2012) Study exposes secret world of porn addiction,10 May, Medical Xpress http://medicalxpress.com/pdf255849577.pdf

(2012) Poor wellbeing for excessive porn users, Psychiatry Update, May, http://www.psychiatryupdate.com.au/latest-news/poor-well-being-for-excessive-porn-users

(2012) Porn addiction can be cured, Australian study finds, The Daily Telegraph. May, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/porn-addicts-can-kick-their-drug/story-e6freuy9-1226353857755

(2012) University of Sydney study exposes secret world of porn addiction, May 10, Porn and Sex Addiction. http://www.yourbrainonporn.com/university-sydney-study-exposes-secret-world-porn-addiction-2012

(2012) People start watching pornography at early age, The Indian Express, May. http://m.indianexpress.com/news/people-start-watching-pornography-at-early-age/947704/

Why do teen girls want 'porn star look' March.
http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=71962:why-do-teen-girls-want-porn-star-look&Itemid=4&tmpl=component&print=1#.UqaaObA9LIU

(2011) "Lust, caution as addiction to online pornography grows” The Australian, (3 September), http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/lust-caution-as-addiction-to-online-pornography-grows/story-e6frg8h6-1226126673876

(2011) Young men’s expectations skewed by pornography,September,The Weekend Australian Magazine, 3–4 http://www.acys.info/yfx/issues/number_181/septembers_news/young_mens_expectations_skewed_by_pornography

(2011) “Plenty of porn, not as much love” Sydney Morning Herald, (17.9.2011)http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/plenty-of-porn-not-as-much-love-20110916-1kdnk.html

(2010) “Constant craving: the secret lives of sex addicts”, Sydney Morning Herald, (6 January), http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac;jsessionid=A14C8F1EB9A33E7F18A3ED11647010D5?sy=afr&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=1month&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=brs&cls=54&clsPage=1&docID=SMH1001061E5EM50Q0OP

Themes

Health Systems and Global Populations

Selected grants

2009

  • Best Practice Management of Male Sexual Dysfunction in Australia: What do Men really want from their General Practitioner?; Weerakoon P, McCann B, Ramanathan V, Sitharthan G, Shuttleworth R; Eli Lilly Australia Pty Limited/Research Support.

2003

  • A controlled trial of an opportunistic intervention to reduce suicide risk among alcohol and other substance misusers; Sitharthan T, Sitharthan G; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2000

  • A controlled trial of emotional cue exposure for relapse prevention in alcohol abuse; Kavanagh D, Sitharthan T, Sitharthan G, Saunders J; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Ramanathan, V., Sitharthan, G., Pepper, K., Wylie, K. (2014). Masturbatory Behaviour and Feelings: An Exploratory Study of Indian Immigrant Men in Australia. International Journal of Sexual Health, in press. [More Information]
  • Morley, K., Sitharthan, G., Haber, P., Tucker, P., Sitharthan, T. (2014). The Efficacy of an Opportunistic Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Package (OCB) on Substance Use and Comorbid Suicide Risk: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(1), 130-140. [More Information]
  • Morley, K., Sitharthan, G., Haber, P., Tucker, P., Sitharthan, T. (2014). The Efficacy of an Opportunistic Cognitive Behavioural Intervention Package (OCB) on Substance Abuse and Comorbid Suicide Risk: A Multi-site Randomised Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(1), 130-140. [More Information]
  • Yang, C., Hossain, S., Sitharthan, G. (2013). Collaborative Practice in Early Childhood Intervention From the Perspectives of Service Providers. Infants & Young Children: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Special Care, 26(1), 57-73. [More Information]
  • Riley, E., Sitharthan, G., Clemson, L., Diamond, M. (2013). Recognising the needs of gender-variant children and their parents. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 13(6), 644-659. [More Information]
  • Ramanathan, V., Sitharthan, G., Pepper, K., Wylie, K. (2013). Sexual health of Indian Immigrant Men in Australia: An exploratory research on help seeking attitudes. Sexual Health, 10(4), 380-381. [More Information]
  • Riley, E., Clemson, L., Sitharthan, G., Diamond, M. (2013). Surviving a Gender Variant Childhood: The Views of Transgender Adults on the Needs of Gender Variant Children and Their Parents. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 39(3), 241-263. [More Information]
  • Riley, E., Wong, T., Sitharthan, G. (2011). Counseling Support for the Forgotten Transgender Community. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 23(3), 395-410. [More Information]
  • Riley, E., Sitharthan, G., Clemson, L., Diamond, M. (2011). The Needs of Gender-Variant Children and Their Parents According to Health Professionals. International Journal of Transgenderism, 13(2), 54-63. [More Information]
  • Riley, E., Sitharthan, G., Clemson, L., Diamond, M. (2011). The needs of gender-variant children and their parents: A parent survey. International Journal of Sexual Health, 23(3), 181-195. [More Information]
  • Allison, B., Sitharthan, G., Weerakoon, P. (2009). A pilot study of Australian school-based sexual health education: parents views. Sexual Health, 4, 328-333.
  • Sitharthan, G., Sitharthan, T., Hough, M. (2009). Alcohol versus placebo drinks in reducing feelings of sadness: Pilot study. Australian Psychologist, 44(4), 248-252.
  • Talob, E., Matthews, L., Sitharthan, G. (2009). Correlates of graceful ageing in senior Australians. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 13(Supp1), S187.
  • Macbeth, A., Weerakoon, P., Sitharthan, G. (2009). Pilot study of Australian school-based sexual health education: parents' views. Sexual Health, 6(4), 328-333.
  • Dunn, M., Mazanov, J., Sitharthan, G. (2009). Predicting future anabolic-androgenic steroid use intentions with current substance use: Findings from an internet-based survey. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 19(3), 222-227.
  • Weerakoon, P., Sitharthan, G., Skowronski, D. (2008). Online sexuality education and health professional students' comfort in dealing with sexual issues. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 23(3), 247-257.
  • Kavanagh, D., Sitharthan, G., Young, R., Sitharthan, T., Saunders, J., Shockley, N., Giannopoulos, V. (2006). Addition of cue exposure to cognitive-behaviour therapy for alcohol misuse: a randomized trial with dysphoric drinkers. Addiction, 101(8), 1106-1116.
  • Asghari-Fard, M., Hossain, S., Sitharthan, G. (2006). What are the implications of Australian Multiculturalism for the development of health policies and services? Does cultural awareness optimise quality of care? Collegian.
  • Sitharthan, T., Job, R., Kavanagh, D., Sitharthan, G., Hough, M. (2003). Development of a controlled drinking self-efficacy scale and appraising its relation to alcohol dependence. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 11, 351-362. [More Information]
  • Sitharthan, G., Hough, M., Sitharthan, T., Kavanagh, D. (2001). Alcohol Helplessness Index: Predicting depression amongst problem drinkers. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57(1445), 1457.
  • Sitharthan, G., Sitharthan, T., Kavanagh, D., Saunders, J. (2001). Brief Oppportunistic Intervention: The Role of Psychologists in Initiating Self-change Amongst Problem Drinkers. Australian Psychologist, 36 No 3, 219-226.
  • Sitharthan, T., Sitharthan, G., Kavanagh, D. (2001). Emotional Cue Exposure for Alcohol Abuse: Develpment of a New Treatment Procedure to Train Moderation Drinking in the Context of Dysphoria. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 8, 73-78.
  • Sitharthan, G., Hough, M., Sitharthan, T., Kavanagh, D. (2001). The Alcohol Helplessness Scale and Its Prediction of Depression among Problem Drinkers. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol 57(12), 1445-1457.
  • Sitharthan, T., Sitharthan, G., Hough, M., Kavanagh, D. (1997). Cue exposure in moderation drinking: A comparison with cognitive-behaviour therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 65(5), 878-882.
  • Sitharthan, T., McGrath, D., Sitharthan, G., Saunders, J. (1992). The meaning of craving in research on addictions. Psychological Reports, 71(823), 826.

Conferences

  • D'Arcy-Tehan, F., Sitharthan, G., Hough, M. (2013). Genital image perceptions amongst Australian women and their attitudes towards female genital cosmetic surgery. 21st World Conference for Sexual Health, Brazil.
  • Morley, K., Haber, P., Sitharthan, G., Tucker, P., Sitharthan, T. (2012). Clinical Predictors of Suicidal Behaviour Among Patients with Alcohol and/or Substance Abuse and Suicide Risk. APSAD Conference, Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs, Melbourne.
  • Dey, P., Sitharthan, G. (2010). Psycho-social adaptations in Indian subcontinent adolescents living in Australia. Building Bridges for Wellness through Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Toronto.
  • Riley, E., Sitharthan, G., Diamond, M. (2009). Gender Variant Children: Views of Professionals, Parents and Transgender Adults. The 19th World Congress for Sexual Health-Sexual Health & Rights, Goteborg, Sweden.
  • Ramanathan, V., Sitharthan, G., Weerakoon, P., Shuttleworth, R. (2009). Sexual Health of South Asian Men Living in Australia. The 19th World Congress for Sexual Health-Sexual Health & Rights, Goteborg, Sweden.
  • Sitharthan, G., Nicholls, S. (2006). How pre-service teachers learn to deal with bullying in schools: Constructivist and Transmission approaches. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Sydney, Sydney.

Other

  • Sitharthan, G., Sitharthan, T. (2011), Don't get worked up: you can beat your porn addiction.. if you want to. The Conversation.

2014

  • Ramanathan, V., Sitharthan, G., Pepper, K., Wylie, K. (2014). Masturbatory Behaviour and Feelings: An Exploratory Study of Indian Immigrant Men in Australia. International Journal of Sexual Health, in press. [More Information]
  • Morley, K., Sitharthan, G., Haber, P., Tucker, P., Sitharthan, T. (2014). The Efficacy of an Opportunistic Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Package (OCB) on Substance Use and Comorbid Suicide Risk: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(1), 130-140. [More Information]
  • Morley, K., Sitharthan, G., Haber, P., Tucker, P., Sitharthan, T. (2014). The Efficacy of an Opportunistic Cognitive Behavioural Intervention Package (OCB) on Substance Abuse and Comorbid Suicide Risk: A Multi-site Randomised Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(1), 130-140. [More Information]

2013

  • Yang, C., Hossain, S., Sitharthan, G. (2013). Collaborative Practice in Early Childhood Intervention From the Perspectives of Service Providers. Infants & Young Children: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Special Care, 26(1), 57-73. [More Information]
  • D'Arcy-Tehan, F., Sitharthan, G., Hough, M. (2013). Genital image perceptions amongst Australian women and their attitudes towards female genital cosmetic surgery. 21st World Conference for Sexual Health, Brazil.
  • Riley, E., Sitharthan, G., Clemson, L., Diamond, M. (2013). Recognising the needs of gender-variant children and their parents. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 13(6), 644-659. [More Information]
  • Ramanathan, V., Sitharthan, G., Pepper, K., Wylie, K. (2013). Sexual health of Indian Immigrant Men in Australia: An exploratory research on help seeking attitudes. Sexual Health, 10(4), 380-381. [More Information]
  • Riley, E., Clemson, L., Sitharthan, G., Diamond, M. (2013). Surviving a Gender Variant Childhood: The Views of Transgender Adults on the Needs of Gender Variant Children and Their Parents. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 39(3), 241-263. [More Information]

2012

  • Morley, K., Haber, P., Sitharthan, G., Tucker, P., Sitharthan, T. (2012). Clinical Predictors of Suicidal Behaviour Among Patients with Alcohol and/or Substance Abuse and Suicide Risk. APSAD Conference, Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs, Melbourne.

2011

  • Riley, E., Wong, T., Sitharthan, G. (2011). Counseling Support for the Forgotten Transgender Community. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 23(3), 395-410. [More Information]
  • Sitharthan, G., Sitharthan, T. (2011), Don't get worked up: you can beat your porn addiction.. if you want to. The Conversation.
  • Riley, E., Sitharthan, G., Clemson, L., Diamond, M. (2011). The Needs of Gender-Variant Children and Their Parents According to Health Professionals. International Journal of Transgenderism, 13(2), 54-63. [More Information]
  • Riley, E., Sitharthan, G., Clemson, L., Diamond, M. (2011). The needs of gender-variant children and their parents: A parent survey. International Journal of Sexual Health, 23(3), 181-195. [More Information]

2010

  • Dey, P., Sitharthan, G. (2010). Psycho-social adaptations in Indian subcontinent adolescents living in Australia. Building Bridges for Wellness through Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Toronto.

2009

  • Allison, B., Sitharthan, G., Weerakoon, P. (2009). A pilot study of Australian school-based sexual health education: parents views. Sexual Health, 4, 328-333.
  • Sitharthan, G., Sitharthan, T., Hough, M. (2009). Alcohol versus placebo drinks in reducing feelings of sadness: Pilot study. Australian Psychologist, 44(4), 248-252.
  • Talob, E., Matthews, L., Sitharthan, G. (2009). Correlates of graceful ageing in senior Australians. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 13(Supp1), S187.
  • Riley, E., Sitharthan, G., Diamond, M. (2009). Gender Variant Children: Views of Professionals, Parents and Transgender Adults. The 19th World Congress for Sexual Health-Sexual Health & Rights, Goteborg, Sweden.
  • Macbeth, A., Weerakoon, P., Sitharthan, G. (2009). Pilot study of Australian school-based sexual health education: parents' views. Sexual Health, 6(4), 328-333.
  • Dunn, M., Mazanov, J., Sitharthan, G. (2009). Predicting future anabolic-androgenic steroid use intentions with current substance use: Findings from an internet-based survey. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 19(3), 222-227.
  • Ramanathan, V., Sitharthan, G., Weerakoon, P., Shuttleworth, R. (2009). Sexual Health of South Asian Men Living in Australia. The 19th World Congress for Sexual Health-Sexual Health & Rights, Goteborg, Sweden.

2008

  • Weerakoon, P., Sitharthan, G., Skowronski, D. (2008). Online sexuality education and health professional students' comfort in dealing with sexual issues. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 23(3), 247-257.

2006

  • Kavanagh, D., Sitharthan, G., Young, R., Sitharthan, T., Saunders, J., Shockley, N., Giannopoulos, V. (2006). Addition of cue exposure to cognitive-behaviour therapy for alcohol misuse: a randomized trial with dysphoric drinkers. Addiction, 101(8), 1106-1116.
  • Sitharthan, G., Nicholls, S. (2006). How pre-service teachers learn to deal with bullying in schools: Constructivist and Transmission approaches. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Sydney, Sydney.
  • Asghari-Fard, M., Hossain, S., Sitharthan, G. (2006). What are the implications of Australian Multiculturalism for the development of health policies and services? Does cultural awareness optimise quality of care? Collegian.

2003

  • Sitharthan, T., Job, R., Kavanagh, D., Sitharthan, G., Hough, M. (2003). Development of a controlled drinking self-efficacy scale and appraising its relation to alcohol dependence. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 11, 351-362. [More Information]

2001

  • Sitharthan, G., Hough, M., Sitharthan, T., Kavanagh, D. (2001). Alcohol Helplessness Index: Predicting depression amongst problem drinkers. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57(1445), 1457.
  • Sitharthan, G., Sitharthan, T., Kavanagh, D., Saunders, J. (2001). Brief Oppportunistic Intervention: The Role of Psychologists in Initiating Self-change Amongst Problem Drinkers. Australian Psychologist, 36 No 3, 219-226.
  • Sitharthan, T., Sitharthan, G., Kavanagh, D. (2001). Emotional Cue Exposure for Alcohol Abuse: Develpment of a New Treatment Procedure to Train Moderation Drinking in the Context of Dysphoria. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 8, 73-78.
  • Sitharthan, G., Hough, M., Sitharthan, T., Kavanagh, D. (2001). The Alcohol Helplessness Scale and Its Prediction of Depression among Problem Drinkers. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol 57(12), 1445-1457.

1997

  • Sitharthan, T., Sitharthan, G., Hough, M., Kavanagh, D. (1997). Cue exposure in moderation drinking: A comparison with cognitive-behaviour therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 65(5), 878-882.

1992

  • Sitharthan, T., McGrath, D., Sitharthan, G., Saunders, J. (1992). The meaning of craving in research on addictions. Psychological Reports, 71(823), 826.

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