Associate Professor Christy Newman

social researcher of health, sexuality and relationships

Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney

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Dr Christy Newman is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Arts and Social Sciences, and Senior Academic Advisor (HASS), UNSW Knowledge Exchange.

Drawing on her background in health sociology and cultural studies, Christy has investigated a broad range of social issues relating to health, sexuality and relationships over the last 15 years.

Primarily a qualitative researcher, Christy works across a range of collaborative, multidisciplinary and multi-method projects funded by competitive and commissioned grants. While most of her research has been focused in the fields of sexual and reproductive health, blood borne virus prevention and care, and sexual and gender diversity, this has extended to the intersecting fields of mental and emotional health, cultural difference and diversity, and child and family well-being.

Christy was awarded a University Medal for her BA (1998) with honours in communications (with a focus on cultural studies and comparative literature) from Murdoch University, and a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies in health, sexuality and culture (2004) from UNSW Sydney. In between these degrees, she worked in communications and policy roles in state government agencies, and in public relations and issues management for the non-government, government and creative arts sectors.