Christy Newman is Associate Professor at the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health, and Associate Dean (Engagement and Impact) for UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture.
Christy conducts collaborative social research on health, gender and sexuality. Drawing on her training in sociology and cultural studies, she is passionate about the capacity of community-partnered research collaborations – informed by critical social science theory and methodology – to advance the health and wellbeing of those affected by stigma, discrimination and marginalisation.
Her research impacts are most evident in the fields of sexual and reproductive health, blood borne virus prevention and care (particularly HIV), and LGBTQ+ health, but also extend to the intersecting fields of gender and sexuality studies, trans health, mental health, Aboriginal health, harm reduction, cancer prevention, disability studies, violence prevention, and child and family wellbeing.
Christy has published more than 150 quality research outputs, including over 100 journal articles and book chapters, in addition to accessible reports and articles. She has contributed to securing six million dollars in competitive and commissioned grants from the ARC and NHMRC, governments, industry and the university. She is 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.
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 was awarded 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
- Anthony KJ Smith (doctoral candidate, Centre for Social Research in Health – Scientia scholar) PrEP in Practice: Clinician Perspectives on Prescribing PrEP in Australia. With Martin Holt (CSRH) and Bridget Haire (The Kirby Institute).
- Giselle Newton (doctoral candidate, Centre for Social Research in Health) 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, Centre for Social Research in Health - Scientia scholar) Understanding and responding to sexual harms facilitated via dating and hook up platforms. With Bianca Fileborn (School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Melbourne) and Andrea Durbach (Emerita Professor, UNSW Law).
- Tierney Marey (doctoral candidate, School of Education) Embodied equity: Equity labour in higher education. With Sally Baker (School of Education) and Abigail Powell (University of Lincoln, UK)
- Heather McCormack (doctoral candidate, The Kirby Institute) Optimising the MBS 715 Adult Health Check to improve sexual health testing in routine care for Aboriginal people in NSW. With Rebecca Guy (The Kirby Institute) and Chris Bourne (NSW Health)
- Lisa Wojciechowski (doctoral candidate, University of Melbourne) Young + Positive. With Louise Harms (Melbourne School of Health Sciences) and Allison Carter (The Kirby Institute).
- Dr 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 (Centre for Social Research in Health).
- 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 drugs. With Carla Treloar (Centre for Social Research in Health).
- Dr Dean Murphy (2014) A child of one’s own’: enacting kinship among gay men pursuing parenthood through surrogacy. With Asha Persson (Centre for Social Research in Health).
- Dr Denton Callander (2014) Just a Preference: Exploring concepts of race among gay men looking for sex or dates online. With Martin Holt (Centre for Social Research in Health).
- Dr Rebecca Gray (2013) The dynamics of shame: navigating professional complexities when counselling in alcohol and other drug settings. With kylie valentine (Social Policy Research Centre).