Dr Janet Reibstein is a psychologist and psychotherapist whose research and clinical work primarily focuses on couples and families. She is a broadcaster, journalist and author, writing about relationships of all kinds. Janet teaches in the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter.
Among other books, Janet is the author of Staying Alive: A Family Memoir (published UK and abroad) which documents the story of breast cancer and its treatment over the post-war period. It looks at the stories of how various family members were affected over fifty years, culminating in her own attempt to pre-empt cancer through preventative mastectomy and her subsequent experience (and defeat) of breast cancer.
Janet co-authored the Avon Breast Promise Report. The report explores why, despite all the information available, women are still not regularly checking their breasts. It is based on the psychology behind what will motivate a change in this behaviour. The research looked at what might motivate women at different stages of their lives to develop potentially life-saving and empowering habits of checking their breasts.