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 writer and researcher based in Sydney. I am involved with studies in Canada, Australia and the United States. 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 health. In doing so, I aim to redefine sex—to challenge traditional perceptions of what sexuality is and what it needs to be. I have published on the following topics: gender differences in sexual health care, the relationship between body dissatisfaction and online media, experiences of sex and romance among same-gender-loving men, the social dimensions of sexual pleasure and satisfaction among women with HIV, and how relationships are multidimensional and strongly situated in social contexts. My next few pieces in progress are on the subject of women’s sexual pain, gender differences in unwanted but consensual sex, and young people’s access to consent education. I have been fortunate to see my work featured in a variety of news outlets. I am a Lecturer in Sexual Health at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney, and I write regularly for various publications 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 received my Master of Public Health (2010) and PhD (2018) from the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.












Here are some of the research projects I am currently involved with.
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Below are a few topics I study regularly and select Journal Articles.

Critical quantitative analyses of sex and pleasure

Gender, bodies, and health in contemporary society

Feminist theories and methods in survey research

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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Abelsohn K, Benoit AC, … Carter A, et al. (2015). “Hear(ing) New Voices”: Peer Reflections from Community-Based Survey Development with Women Living with HIVProgress in Community Health Partnerships9(4), 561-569.
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Carter A, et al. (2017). Substance Use, Violence, and Antiretroviral Adherence: A Latent Class Analysis of Women Living with HIV in Canada. AIDS and Behaviour,22(3), 971-985.
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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 politics of sex, including the ways 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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