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Christy was awarded a University Medal for her BA (1998) with honours in communications and cultural studies from Murdoch University, and a PhD (2004) in interdisciplinary studies in health, sexuality and culture from UNSW Sydney.

Primarily a qualitative researcher, she has published more than 150 quality research outputs, including journal articles, book chapters and reports, and has led or contributed to securing over three million dollars in research funding, including from the ARC and NHMRC, and strategic and philanthropic grants from governments, industry and the university.

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.

She is Senior Editorial Advisor (and immediate 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.

Selected current projects

 My health, our family: documenting stories of family life in the context of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C
[ARC Discovery DP160100134, Critical Perspectives on Serodiscordance in Family Life]

Trust in digital health: exploring online health data sharing practices among communities at risk of HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs (Australian Department of Health)

Queer Generations [ARC Discovery DP150101292, Belonging and sexual citizenship among gender and sexual minority youth]

Fostering Aboriginal sexual well-being by building on strengths [ARC Linkage LP170100190]

Meaningful inclusion of trans and gender diverse populations in cervical cancer screening [Pilot study]

Selected past projects

Understanding disparities in PrEP access [UNSW Collaborative Research Grant]

Translating guidelines for ethical visual research methods into practice [UNSW Collaborative Research Grant]

Digital storytelling, culturally diverse young people, and sexual health promotion [UNSW Collaborative Research Grant]

StraightMSM Study: Heterosexually identified men who have sex with men [NSW Health BRISE Grant]

Blood borne virus and sexually transmitted infections Research Interventions and Strategic Evaluation Aboriginal systems project (BRISE ASP) [NSW Health BRISE Grant]

Managing HIV, sex and risk in serodiscordant couples in a changing epidemic [NSW Health Grant]

HIV-positive children transitioning to adolescence and adulthood [Gilead Australia Fellowship Research Grant; NCHSR Research Promotion Grant]

Improving antiretroviral treatment (ART) initiation for people living with HIV in Australia: a realistic and viable approach? [NHMRC Project Grant 1021790]

The impact of alcohol and drug use on the diagnosis and management of depression in gay men: a sub-study of the Primary Health Care Project on HIV and Depression [beyondblue Strategic Research Grant]

Investigating the capacity of the general practitioner workforce to meet ongoing HIV primary care needs in Australia [NHMRC Project 568632]

Patterns of Cancer Care for Aboriginal People in NSW [NHMRC Health Services Research Program Grant 440202]

The making of HIV and heterosexuality in the mainstream Australian print media. [NCHSR Research Promotion Grant]