Researcher

Associate Professor Christy E Newman

My Expertise

Qualitative, multi-method and critical sociological research on: LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing; HIV prevention and care; inclusive health systems; sex and relationships; sexual and reproductive health and rights; family responses to stigmatised illnesses and marginalised identities; sexuality and gender diverse young people

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Biography

Christy Newman is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health, where she has been conducting social research on health, gender and sexuality since 2004. From 2020, she is also the inaugural Associate Dean (Enterprise, Impact and Engagement) for UNSW Arts and Social Sciences.

Christy's research interests span sexual and reproductive health, blood borne virus prevention and care, and sexual and gender diversity, exploring...view more

Christy Newman is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health, where she has been conducting social research on health, gender and sexuality since 2004. From 2020, she is also the inaugural Associate Dean (Enterprise, Impact and Engagement) for UNSW Arts and Social Sciences.

Christy's research interests span sexual and reproductive health, blood borne virus prevention and care, and sexual and gender diversity, exploring their ever-changing meanings and influences on the ways we configure relationships, families, and care practices today. She works in partnership with advocacy, policy and health professionals, particularly those who support LGBTQ+ people, and people affected by HIV and viral hepatitis.

Christy has published more than 150 quality research outputs, including journal articles, book chapters and reports, and has led or contributed to securing over four million dollars in research funding in competitive and commissioned grants from the ARC and NHMRC, governments, industry and the university. She is Senior Editorial Advisor (and immediate past Joint-Editor in Chief) for Health Sociology Review, Joint Editor for Sexual Health, and Editorial Board member for the Journal of the International AIDS Society.

Christy was awarded the Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2010, and the Mid-Career Interdisciplinary Achiever Award from the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance in 2017. She received a University Medal for her BA with honours in communications and cultural studies from Murdoch University in 1998, and a PhD in interdisciplinary studies in health, sexuality and culture from UNSW Sydney in 2004. 

Some current research-focused projects include:


My Research Supervision


Currently supervising

Anthony KJ Smith (doctoral candidate – Scientia) PrEP in Practice: Clinician Perspectives on Prescribing PrEP in Australia. With Martin Holt (CSRH) and Bridget Haire (The Kirby Institute).

Giselle Newton (doctoral candidate) Seeking someone like me: Affinities and intimacies among donor-conceived peers. With Michelle Zappavigna (School of Arts and Media) and Kerryn Drysdale (CSRH)

Elena Cama (doctoral candidate - Scientia) Understanding and responding to technology-facilitated sexual violence in online dating. With Andrea Durbach (UNSW Law) and Bianca Fileborn (University of Melbourne). 

Madeline News (doctoral candidate – Scientia) Critical perspectives on health policy and Indigenous self-determination. With Reuben Bolt and Diana Perche (Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit)

Tierney Marey (doctoral candidate) Embodied equity: Equity labour in higher education. With Sally Baker (School of Education) and Abigail Powell (University of Lincoln, UK)

Lisa Wojciechowski (doctoral candidate, enrolled in the University of Melbourne) Young + Positive. With Louise Harms (School of Social Work) and Allison Carter (The Kirby Institute).

Doctoral graduates

Elan Lazuardi (2020) Navigating the social dynamics of HIV care: A qualitative study in urban Indonesia in the era of scaled-up testing and treatment. With Stephen Bell (The Kirby Institute).

Dr Jialing (Angela) Cui (2019) Understanding the empowerment of people with severe mental illness in the community through the eyes of social work practitioners in Sydney and Hong Kong. With Limin Mao and Kari Lancaster (CSRH).

Dr Jessica Botfield (2019) Engaging young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds with sexual and reproductive health care. With Anthony Zwi (School of Social Sciences) and Alison Rutherford (School of Public Health and Community Medicine).

Dr Jamee Newland (2015) Safety in the silence: A qualitative social network analysis of hepatitis C risk and prevention in three networks of Australians who inject drugsWith Carla Treloar (CSRH).

Dr Dean Murphy (2014) A child of one’s own’ : enacting kinship among gay men pursuing parenthood through surrogacy. With Asha Persson (CSRH).

Dr Denton Callander (2014) Just a Preference: Exploring concepts of race among gay men looking for sex or dates online. With Martin Holt (CSRH). 

Dr Rebecca Gray (2013) The dynamics of shame: navigating professional complexities when counselling in alcohol and other drug settingsWith kylie valentine (Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW).

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Location

311 Goodsell Building

Contact

+61 2 9385 4717