Christy Newman is Professor at the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health and Associate Dean Engagement and Impact for UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture. They are a queer/bi+ and non-binary person, and use the pronouns they/them.
Christy is a qualitative social researcher of health, sexuality, and gender, with a background in sociology, communications and cultural studies. They have worked in partnership with communities, governments, and clinical services for almost 20 years to understand the social dimensions of bloodborne viruses, sexual and reproductive health, and queer, bi+ and trans health and wellbeing, including their intersections with the related fields of mental health, Aboriginal health, harm reduction, disability, cancer prevention, violence prevention, adolescent health, family wellbeing, and gender and sexuality studies.
They have authored >130 peer reviewed publications, and received 25 research grants totaling $6.5 million, including from the Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council, and state and federal health departments. They regularly contribute research-informed perspectives to media, professional and community discussions of diverse genders, sexualities, relationships, and families. Recent examples include an SBS Insight episode on multi-gender attraction, a Centre for Ideas digital conversation on gender, faith and family with author/broadcaster Daniel M. Lavery, and podcast interviews on trust in digital health among people of diverse genders and sexualities and those affected by HIV and viral hepatitis.
In their role as Associate Dean, Christy leads initiatives to enhance the capacity and visibility of ADA researchers to work in consultation and partnership with external organisations and communities ('research engagement') and to achieve positive and sustained change through those relationships and collaborations ('research impacts'). They have a passion for promoting the distinctive and compelling contributions of the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and facilitating multidisciplinary collaborations across and beyond the university. Visit Creating Impact on the ADA website to learn more.
Selected past projects include:
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