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Through her research, Christy aims to document the lived experience of health, illness and medicine across a range of social contexts, and to understand what might strengthen the inclusion, well-being and belonging of diverse communities in their engagement with health and social care systems.

All of her research is conducted in partnership with communities, clinicians and policy makers, particularly those who represent and support the needs of people affected by HIV and viral hepatitis, LGBTQ+ communities, migrant and refugee communities, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

She has authored more than 90 peer reviewed publications, in addition to reports aimed at community or professional audiences, and has led or contributed to securing over three million dollars in research funding, including from the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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]

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]

Understanding disparities in PrEP access [UNSW Collaborative Research Grant]

Meaningful inclusion of trans and gender diverse populations in cervical cancer screening: A pilot study

Disentangling the social, legal and ethical barriers to abortion services in New South Wales