Kristi Urry

Ms Kristi Urry

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Candidate

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

PhD Candidate

I am a third year PhD candidate in the School of Psychology. My project, Sexual health in the mental health setting: Perceptions of Australian mental health clinicians, is being supervised of Prof Anna Chur-Hansen and Dr Carole Khaw. My research interests lie broadly in sexuality and sexual health (care & rights), LGBT-QIA health, disability, and health care provision (perspectives of both consumers and clinicians/providers).

My research explores Australian mental health clinicians' perceptions and understandings of sexuality and sexual health in their work. Sexuality is currently understood to be a central aspect of human experience that contributes to the overall wellbeing of individuals, family units, communities and nations. A person's right to sexual health, sexual expression and intimacy is not negated by the experience of psychological distress, mental illness, or psychiatric disability. Despite this, there is clear evidence that the sexuality of people accessing mental health services in Australia and elsewhere continues to be largely constrained, pathologised, or simply ignored across many mental health settings.

I use critical qualitative methodologies to explore how Australian psychologists, mental health nurses, and psychiatrists conceptualise sexuality, sexual health, and the relationship between sexuality and mental health and distress; and how they account for their reported practice choices, such as including or excluding aspects of sexuality from their everyday practice. The results generated in this project contribute to current discussions around ethical practice, best care and training standards regarding sexuality in mental health settings. My work aims to improve people's experiences and outcomes in mental healthcare by promoting a broader consideration of sexuality and sexual health within mental health services.

2016 Learning and Behaviour (Level 3)
This role involved preparing and delivering tutorials, and grading assessment pieces.

2017 Psychology, Science & Society (Level 3)
This role involved preparing and delivering tutorials, and grading assessment pieces.

2018 Psychology, Science & Society (Level 3)
This role involved planning, preparing and delivering tutorials.

  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - 2017 Representative School Committee - School of Psychology The University of Adelaide
    2015 - ongoing Member 2016 Postgraduate gender and Sexualities Conference Committee
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society Australia
  • Position: PhD Candidate
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 2
  • Room: 2 46
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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