Christy actively mentors junior researchers both within and outside UNSW, and seeks opportunities to train researchers in qualitative and critical approaches to social research. She has supervised six doctoral projects to completion, and another six are underway. She has taught research methods to undergraduate and higher degree research students, and delivered capacity building and training workshops to a range of end user organisations.

Research supervision

Current UNSW students:

Elan Lazuardi (doctoral candidate): Understanding engagement with HIV care in Indonesian urban ART clinics. With Dr Stephen Bell (The Kirby Institute).

Anthony KJ Smith (doctoral candidate – Scientia): PrEP in Practice: Clinician Perspectives on Prescribing PrEP in Australia. With Professor Martin Holt (CSRH) and Dr Bridget Haire (The Kirby Institute).

Elena Cama (doctoral candidate): Understanding and responding to technology-facilitated sexual violence in online dating. With Professor Andrea Durbach (UNSW Law) and Dr Bianca Fileborn (University of Melbourne).

Madeline News (doctoral candidate – Scientia): Closing the Gap? Critical perspectives on health policy and Indigenous self-determination. With Associate Professor Reuben Bolt and Dr Diana Perche (Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit

Giselle Newton (doctoral candidate): Seeking someone like me: Affinities and intimacies among donor-conceived peers. Joint supervision with Dr Michelle Zappavigna (School of Arts and Media) and Dr Kerryn Drysdale (CSRH)

Completed students:

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 Associate Professor Limin Mao and Dr Kari Lancaster (CSRH).

Dr Jessica Botfield (2019): Engaging young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds with sexual and reproductive health care. PhD jointly supervised with Professor Anthony Zwi (School of Social Sciences) and Dr 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. PhD jointly supervised with Professor Carla Treloar (CSRH).

Dr Dean Murphy (2014): A child of one’s own’ : enacting kinship among gay men pursuing parenthood through surrogacy. PhD jointly supervised with Dr Asha Persson (CSRH).

Dr Denton Callander (2014): Just a Preference: Exploring concepts of race among gay men looking for sex or dates online. PhD jointly supervised with Dr Martin Holt (CSRH).

Dr Rebecca Gray (2013): The dynamics of shame: navigating professional complexities when counselling in alcohol and other drug settings. PhD jointly supervised with Dr kylie valentine (Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW).