My current roles are Associate Professor at the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health, and Associate Dean (Engagement and Impact) for UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture.
Drawing on my background in sociology and cultural studies, I conduct collaborative social research on health, gender and sexuality. My expertise is focused in employing critical social science theory and methodology to document and distil the perspectives of communities affected by stigma, discrimination and marginalisation and the professionals who advocate and care for them.
My research has primarily examined social aspects of sexual and reproductive health, blood borne virus prevention and care (particularly HIV), and LGBTQ+ health, but the impacts of this program have extended to the intersecting fields of mental health, Aboriginal health, trans health, harm reduction, cancer prevention, violence prevention, child and family wellbeing, disability studies, and gender and sexuality studies.
I have published 110 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, in addition to accessible reports and articles, and been awarded over six million dollars in competitive and commissioned grants from the ARC and NHMRC, state and federal health departments, and industry. I am currently Senior Editorial Advisor (and 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.
I 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. I received a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies in health, sexuality and culture from UNSW Sydney in 2004, and a University Medal in Arts from Murdoch University in 1998.
Selected current and past projects include:
- my health, our family: documenting stories of family life in the context of HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C
- What we do well: stories of love, sex and relationships [Aboriginal young people's peer interviewing project]
- Trust in digital health among communities affected by BBVs and STIs in Australia
- Rapid qualitative assessments of COVID-19 health needs in three Aboriginal communities in NSW
- Queer Generations: belonging and sexual citizenship among gender and sexual minority youth
- Understanding disparities in PrEP access
- StraightMSM study: Heterosexually-identified men who have sex with men
- Positive Children's Study: HIV positive children transitioning to adolescence and adulthood
- Aboriginal patterns of cancer care
- HIV general practice workforce project
- Primary health care project on HIV and depression
- Aboriginal people living with HIV in Western Australia