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Training

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 four doctoral projects to completion, and another seven are underway. Christy has convened courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students in UNSW Arts and Social Sciences, and delivered workshops and seminars to a range of professional and community organisations.


Selected examples of research courses

Health in Schools and Other Educational Settings (EDST2093), School of Education, Semester 2, 2015 and 2016 (with Professor Peter Aggleton and Dr Joanne Bryant, CSRH).

Qualitative Social Research (SRAP2001), School of Social Sciences, Semester 1, 2014 (sole) and Semester 1, 2015 (with Dr Gianfranco Giuntoli, SPRC).

Higher Degree Research - Communicating your Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Semester 1, 2015. (with Associate Professor Dorottya Fabian, School of Arts and Media).


Research supervision

Current UNSW students:

Jessica Botfield (doctoral candidate) Engaging young people from culturally diverse backgrounds with sexual and reproductive health services in Sydney. Enrolled in UNSW School of Social Sciences. Joint supervision with Professor Anthony Zwi (School of Social Sciences) and Dr Alison Rutherford (School of Public Health and Community Medicine).

Jialing (Angela) Cui (doctoral candidate) Understanding empowerment of people with severe mental illness in the community: Through the eyes of social work practitioners in Sydney and Hong Kong. Enrolled in Centre for Social Research in Health. Joint supervision with Dr Limin Mao (CSRH).

Elan Lazuardi (doctoral candidate) Understanding engagement with HIV care in Indonesian urban ART clinics. Enrolled in University of Melbourne. Joint supervision with Associate Professor Louise Harms.

Anthony G Smith (doctoral candidate – Scientia) Understanding personal, social and community effects of biomedical HIV prevention. Joint supervision with Dr Bridget Haire (The Kirby Institute) and Professor Martin Holt (CSRH)

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

Current external students:

Lisa Wojciechowski (doctoral candidate) Young adults living with HIV in Australia: Understanding their relationship to their health and to HIV health services. Enrolled in University of Melbourne. Joint supervision with Associate Professor Louise Harms.

Catriona Ooi (doctoral candidate) The sexual health and access to care of men who have sex with men (MSM) in western Sydney. Enrolled in Sydney Medical School. Auxiliary (co) supervision with Professor David Lewis (Director of the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre and Professor at the University of Sydney) and Professor Basil Donovan (The Kirby Institute).

Completed students:

Dr Jamee Newland (graduated 2015): Safety in the silence: A qualitative social network analysis of hepatitis C risk and prevention in three networks of Australians who inject drugsPhD jointly supervised with Professor Carla Treloar (CSRH).

Dr Dean Murphy (graduated 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 (graduated 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). Faculty finalist in 2013 'Three Minute Thesis' competition.

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