From the benefits and pleasures of sex to understanding how people can avoid sexual risks and pain, I’m interested in what it takes for individuals to be happy and healthy in today’s society. I am a Canadian-born researcher and writer based in Sydney, Australia. My work provides something different: I combine feminist theories with quantitative science to bring attention to the social, cultural, and political issues related to sexual and reproductive health. In doing so, I aim to redefine sex—to challenge traditional perceptions of what sexuality is and what it needs to be. Currently, I am engaged in a number of projects in Australia and Canada with women living with HIV, young people with disability, migrant communities, and the general population. I have published widely in international journals and write regularly about health, sexuality, and relationships for the general public, including Cynthia Loyst's (host of the Canadian TV show The Social) blog called Find Your Pleasure. I also support women living with HIV globally in positive, pleasure-focused storytelling for Life and Love with HIV. I am a Senior Lecturer with the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney, an Associate of the Australian Human Rights Institute, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Canada. I am available to provide expert opinion about sexual and reproductive health and rights for writers and producers of broadcast, print, and online media.












Here are some of the research projects I am currently involved with.


Below are a few topics I study regularly and select Journal Articles.

Prevention of sexually transmissible infections

Sexual wellbeing and pleasure

Gender, health, and relationships in contemporary society

Community-based research and knowledge translation

Carter A, et al. (2020). Radical pleasure: Feminist digital storytelling by, with, and for women living with HIV. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Special Issue: Innovative Knowledge translation in Sex Research. Online First November 24 2020.
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Kaida A, Carter A, et al. (2019). Hiring, training, and supporting Peer Research Associates: Operationalizing community-based research principles within epidemiological studies by, with, and for women living with HIV. Harm Reduction Journal, 16, article number 47. 
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Webster K, Carter A, et al. (2018). Strategies for recruiting women living with human immunodeficiency virus in community-based research: Lessons from CanadaProgress in Community Health Partnerships, 12(1): 21-34.
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I have developed courses in epidemiology and the social determinants of health and given a number of lectures in human sexuality. I welcome invitations to guest lecture on the intersections of HIV and gender and social injustices, critical perspectives on sexuality, and critical approaches in community-based research. I also welcome co-supervision of postgraduate projects that focus on examining the social dimensions of sexual and reproductive health, including the ways in which overlapping identities, structural stressors, and protective factors shape people’s intimate lives, particularly for communities that are less well-represented in research.



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