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Associate Professor Christy Elizabeth Newman

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Christy Newman is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Arts and Social Sciences. Additional information is available at: thisnewman.net

Drawing on her background in health sociology and cultural studies, Christy is interested in how people ‘do’ health, sexuality and relationships across different social contexts and communities, and how these practices are represented and interpreted through different...view more

Christy Newman is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Arts and Social Sciences. Additional information is available at: thisnewman.net

Drawing on her background in health sociology and cultural studies, Christy is interested in how people ‘do’ health, sexuality and relationships across different social contexts and communities, and how these practices are represented and interpreted through different cultural and professional lenses. Primarily a qualitative social researcher, Christy works across a range of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects in the fields of sexual and reproductive health, blood borne virus prevention and care, mental health, alcohol and other drug use, migrant and refugee health, and Aboriginal health.

Her research aims to elucidate the experiences of populations often marginalised from mainstream health and social care systems, and promote rights-based responses that support meaningful partnerships between communities, policy practitioners, clinicians and researchers. Current external roles include Joint Editor-in-Chief of Health Sociology Review (Taylor & Francis), Editorial Board Member of the Journal of the International AIDS Society, Committee Member (and past Convenor) of the Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference 'Social, Cultural and Political Aspects of HIV and Related Infections in the Australasian Region' theme, and Committee Member of the Behavioural Research and Advocacy Stream of the 2018 IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress

Christy was awarded a University Medal and first class honours for her undergraduate degree in media communications and cultural studies from Murdoch University, in her home state of Western Australia, and holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies in health, sexuality and culture from UNSW Sydney. She has authored more than 80 peer reviewed publications, in addition to reports aimed at policy, professional and community audiences, and has led or contributed to securing over three million dollars in research funding. She was awarded the 2010 Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the 2017 Mid-Career Interdisciplinary Achiever Award from the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance.

Selected current projects:

  • Critical Perspectives on Serodiscordance in Family Life ["my health, our family: documenting stories of family life in the context of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C"] (ARC Discovery DP160100134, Lead Investigator)
  • Fostering the sexual well-being of Aboriginal young people by building on social, cultural and personal strengths and resources (ARC Linkage LP170100190, Investigator)
  • Meaningful inclusion of trans and gender diverse populations in cervical cancer screening: A pilot study (Investigator/Mentor)
  • Disentangling the social, legal and ethical barriers to abortion services in New South Wales (Investigator)
  • Understanding disparities in PrEP access (UNSW Collaborative Research Grant, Investigator/Researcher)
  • Belonging and sexual citizenship among gender and sexual minority youth ["Queer Generations"] (ARC Discovery DP150101292, Senior Qualitative Researcher/Mentor)

My Awards

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (2004) Looking after yourself: The cultural politics of health magazine reader lettersThe University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales.

Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours (1997) Repeat-the-beat: Industries, genres and citizenships in dance music magazinesMurdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.

Awards

Mid-Career Interdisciplinary Achiever Award, Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (2017)

Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2010)
The Paul Bourke Lecture, August 2011

University Medal in Arts from Murdoch University (1996)


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Christy actively mentors junior researchers both within and outside UNSW, and seeks opportunities to train researchers in qualitative and critical approaches to social research. She has supervised four doctoral projects to completion, and another seven are underway. 

Completed students:

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

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

Dr Denton Callander (graduated 2014): Just a Preference: Exploring concepts of race among gay men looking for sex or dates online. PhD jointly supervised with Dr Martin Holt (CSRH). Faculty finalist in 2013 'Three Minute Thesis' competition.

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


Currently supervising

Current UNSW students:

Jessica Botfield (doctoral candidate) Engaging young people from culturally diverse backgrounds with sexual and reproductive health services in Sydney. Enrolled in UNSW School of Social Sciences. Joint supervision with Professor Anthony Zwi (School of Social Sciences) and Dr Alison Rutherford (School of Public Health and Community Medicine).

Jialing (Angela) Cui (doctoral candidate) Understanding empowerment of people with severe mental illness in the community: Through the eyes of social work practitioners in Sydney and Hong Kong. Enrolled in Centre for Social Research in Health. Joint supervision with Dr Limin Mao (CSRH).

Elan Lazuardi (doctoral candidate) Understanding engagement with HIV care in Indonesian urban ART clinics. Enrolled in University of Melbourne. Joint supervision with Associate Professor Louise Harms.

Anthony G Smith (doctoral candidate – Scientia) Understanding personal, social and community effects of biomedical HIV prevention. Joint supervision with Dr Bridget Haire (The Kirby Institute) and Professor Martin Holt (CSRH)

Madeline News (doctoral candidate – Scientia) Closing the Gap? Critical perspectives on health policy and Indigenous self-determination. Joint supervision with Associate Professor Reuben Bolt and Dr Diana Perche (Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit)

Current external students:

Lisa Wojciechowski (doctoral candidate) Young adults living with HIV in Australia: Understanding their relationship to their health and to HIV health services. Enrolled in University of Melbourne. Joint supervision with Associate Professor Louise Harms.

Catriona Ooi (doctoral candidate) The sexual health and access to care of men who have sex with men (MSM) in western Sydney. Enrolled in Sydney Medical School. Auxiliary (co) supervision with Professor David Lewis (Director of the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre and Professor at the University of Sydney) and Professor Basil Donovan (The Kirby Institute).


My Engagement

Memberships: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA); International Sociological Association (ISA); ASHM: supporting the Australasian HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health workforce

Current editorial role: Joint Editor-in-Chief of Health Sociology Review (Taylor & Francis); Board Member of the Journal of the International AIDS Society.

Current conference organisation roles: Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference 'Social, Cultural and Political Aspects of HIV and Related Infections in the Australasian Region' theme, and 2018 IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress 'Behavioural Research and Advocacy Stream'.

Public lectures:

Queer families: Documenting stories of adversity, diversity and belonging (22 February 2018). 2018 CSRH Sex(uality) Lecture, Part of the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. Introduction by The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and moderated by journalist and writer Amy Coopes. Darlinghurst.

Workforce worries: The changing worlds of HIV medicine and the GPs who provide it (August 2011). Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research Lecture. Co-sponsored by the UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Academy of the Social Sciences. UNSW Kensington.


My Teaching

Christy has convened courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students in UNSW Arts and Social Sciences, and delivered workshops and seminars to a range of professional and community organisations.

Health in Schools and Other Educational Settings (EDST2093), School of Education, Semester 2, 2015 and 2016 (with Professor Peter Aggleton and Dr Joanne Bryant, CSRH).

Qualitative Social Research (SRAP2001), School of Social Sciences, Semester 1, 2014 (sole) and Semester 1, 2015 (with Dr Gianfranco Giuntoli, SPRC).

Higher Degree Research - Communicating your Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Semester 1, 2015. (with Associate Professor Dorottya Fabian, School of Arts and Media).

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Location

311 Goodsell Building

Contact

+61 2 9385 4717

Publications

by Associate Professor Christy Elizabeth Newman