I hold the concurrent positions of Associate Professor at the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health and Associate Dean (Engagement and Impact) for UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture.
I am recognised in Australia and globally as a leading social researcher in health, gender and sexuality. My research has primarily examined social aspects of blood borne virus prevention and care (particularly HIV), sexual and reproductive health, and LGBTQ+ health.
This wide-ranging program of research engages with and impacts the intersecting fields of mental health, Aboriginal health, trans and gender diverse health, disability, harm reduction, cancer prevention, violence prevention, child and family wellbeing, and gender and sexuality studies.
I have particular leadership strengths in aligning the interests of diverse stakeholder groups to achieve positive and enduring outcomes for communities, governments and researchers, and creating opportunities to promote and evidence the value of the arts, humanities and social sciences in collaborative partnerships.
Selected projects and initiatives include:
- Waiting to be seen: social perspectives on trans health
- 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