Community Panel member

Appointed December 2020

Petra is an academic, psychotherapist, writer, editor and mother. She is an Honorary Fellow in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and a psychotherapist in private practice.

Petra has a PhD in Sociology and Gender Studies from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Federation University, Ballarat where she also did her training at Pomegranate House at St John of God Hospital. 

Petra has worked in private practice as a psychotherapist since 2009 and in academia since 2002. Since 2012, she has been a free-lance writer and editor. She is the author of several books including her monograph Modern Motherhood and Women’s Dual Identities (Routledge, 2018), the edited collections Australian Mothering: Historical and Sociological Perspectives (co-edited with Dr Carla Pascoe-Leahy, Palgrave, 2019), Nancy Chodorow and The Reproduction of Mothering: Forty Years On (Palgrave, 2020) and Mothering and Psychoanalysis (Demeter Press, 2014).

She is the former editor of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (2013-2016) and has co-edited special issues of the International Breastfeeding Journal on breastfeeding in public and is currently co-editing a special issue of Hecate on matricentric feminism.

She has published articles in New Matilda, The Huffington Post, OnLineOpinion, Areo Magazine, The Conversation, Arena and others.

Petra lives in Daylesford, Victoria with her partner Nick and their two children Sophia and Tom. She also has a young adult daughter, Mia.