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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. 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.


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 migrant and refugee backgrounds with sexual and reproductive health care. Joint supervision with Professor Anthony Zwi (School of Social Sciences) and Dr Alison Rutherford (School of Public Health and Community Medicine) - thesis under examination.

Jialing (Angela) Cui (doctoral candidate) Cross-cultural perspectives on 'empowerment' among mental health social work practitioners in Sydney and Hong Kong. Joint supervision with Dr Limin Mao and Dr Kari Lancaster (CSRH).

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

Anthony G Smith (doctoral candidate – Scientia) Stakeholder perspectives on PrEP delivery. 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)

Giselle Newton (doctoral candidate) Online practices of people affected by donor conception. Joint supervision with Michelle Zappavigna (School of Arts and Media) and Kerryn Drysdale (CSRH)

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 (part-time). 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 (part-time). 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).