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Shanna Katz Kattari

Shanna K. Kattari, PhD, MEd, ACS is faculty at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Her background is as a board certified sexologist, experienced sexuality educator, and social justice advocate. Her extant research focuses on understanding how power, privilege and oppression systematically marginalize, exclude, and discriminate against people regarding their identities/expressions through negative attitudes, policies reinforcing oppression, oppressive actions and isolation. Her work centers on disability and ableism, and transgender/non-binary (NB) identities and transphobia, using an intersectional lens. Shanna’s dissertation developed/validated the Ableist Microaggression Scale (AMS), and used the AMS-65 to explore the relationships between experiencing ableist microaggressions and the mental health of disabled adults. Recently, Shanna has focused on the health disparities among transgender/NB communities, across physical and behavioral health, as well as working with the community to better understand how the lack of inclusive providers has increased these disparities. She is also interested in examining sexuality in marginalized communities, particularly LGBTQIA individuals & people with disabilities.

Shanna has been working in the fields of sexuality and social justice since receiving her Master’s of Education in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University. In her work as a sexuality educator and diversity/inclusivity consultant, Shanna has worked with organizations such as The Colorado Department of Public Health Education, Arizona State University, the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Students Association’s sexual health scholars program to bring LGBTQIA and disability inclusivity to medicine, and with many colleges and universities to offer accessible sex education on campus.  Additionally, she has several popular press books on the market, writes for several publications, and was on the board of directors for the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights.

Research Interests/Focus

Health disparities; health outcomes; discrimination; disability/ableism; gender identity; sexual orientation; intersectionality; mixed method; and power/privilege/oppression

Continuing Education Programs

Postdoctoral Fellow & LEO Adjunct Lecturer
University of Michigan School of Social Work

Education

Year Degree   School
2017 PhD Social Work University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
2008 MEd Human Sexuality Education Widener University
2006 BA Sociology and German Colorado College

Ramseyer Winter, V., Kattari, S. K., Begun, S., & McKay, K. (in press). Personal and professional values: Relationships between social workers’ reproductive health knowledge, attitudes, and ethical decision-making. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.

Kattari, S. K. (in press). Healthy sexuality. In J. Laser & N. Nicotera (Eds.), Innovative Skills to Support Well-being and Resiliency in Youth. Chicago: Lyceum.

Kattari, S. K. (in press). Asexual. In James, R. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sex and Sexuality: Understanding Biology, Psychology and Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CILO.

Kattari, S. K. (in press). Bornstein, Kate. In James, R. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sex and Sexuality: Understanding Biology, Psychology and Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CILO.

Kattari, S. K. (in press). Fausto-Sterling, Anne. In James, R. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sex and Sexuality: Understanding Biology, Psychology and Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABCCILO.

Kattari, S. K. (in press). Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association. In James, R. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sex and Sexuality: Understanding Biology, Psychology and Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CILO.

Kattari, S. K. (in press). National LGBTQ Task Force. In James, R. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sex and Sexuality: Understanding Biology, Psychology and Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CILO.

Kattari, S. K. (in press). Sex toys. In James, R. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sex and Sexuality: Understanding Biology, Psychology and Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CILO.

Kattari, S. K. (in press). Two-spirit. In James, R. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sex and Sexuality: Understanding Biology, Psychology and Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CILO.

Kattari, S. K., Lavery, A., & Hasche, L. (in press). Applying a social model of disability across the life span. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment.

Walls, N. E., Kattari, S. K., & DeChants, J. (in press). Transmasculine parenting spectrum: Beyond a gendered fatherhood. Social Work Research.

Kattari, S. K. & Turner, G. (2017). Examining more inclusive approaches to social work, physical disability, and sexuality. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 16(1), 38-53.

Kattari, S. K., Walls, N. E., & Speer, S. R. (2017). Differences in experiences of discrimination in accessing social services among transgender and gender non-conforming individuals by (dis)ability. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation.

Kattari, S. K., Barman-Adhikari, A., DeChants, J., & Rice, E. (2017). Social networks and sexual risk factor differences between cisgender heterosexual and cisgender LGBQ homeless youth. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 29(2), 182-200.

Kattari, S. K. & Begun, S. (2017). On the margins of the marginalized: Transgender homelessness and survival sex. AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work, 32(1), 92-103.

Kattari, S. K., O’Connor, A. A. & Kattari, L. (2017). Development and validation of the transgender inclusive behavior scale (TIBS). Journal of Homosexuality.

Langenderfer-Magruder, L., Walls, N. E., Whitfield, D. L., Kattari, S. K. & Ramos, D. (2017). Stalking victimization in LGBTQ Adults: A brief report. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Whitfield, D. L., Kattari, S. K., Walls, N. E., & Al-Tayib, A. (2017). Grindr, Growler, and on the hunt: Predictors of Internet and mobile application use among men who have sex with men (MSM). American Journal of Men’s Health.

Hanna, M., Kattari, S. K., & Ingarfield, L. (2017). University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work disability survey executive summary. Denver, CO: University of Denver.

Begun, S., Kattari, S. K., McKay, K., Ramseyer Winter, V. & O’Neil, E. (2016). Exploring U.S. social work students’ sexual attitudes and abortion viewpoints. Journal of Sex Research.

Kattari, S. K. & Begun, S. (2016). On the margins of the marginalized: Transgender homelessness and survival sex. AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work.

Kattari, S. K., Walls, N. E., Speer, S. R., & Kattari, L. (2016). The relationship between provider inclusivity and the mental health outcomes of transgender and gender variant people in Colorado. Social Work in Health Care.

Ramseyer Winter, V., O’Neill, E., Begun, S., Kattari, S. K., & McKay, K. (2016). MSW student perceptions of sexual health as relevant to the profession: Do social work educational experiences matter? Social Work in Health Care.

Begun, S. & Kattari, S. K. (2016). Conforming for survival: Associations between transgender visual conformity/passing and homelessness experiences. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 18(1), 54-66.

Kattari, S. K. & Hasche, L. (2016). Differences across age groups in transgender and gender non-conforming people’s experiences of health care discrimination, harassment, and victimization. Journal of Aging and Health, 28(2), 285-306.

Kattari, S. K., Whitfield, D. L., Walls, N. E., Langenderfer-Magruder, L., & Ramos, D. (2016). Policing gender through housing and employment discrimination: Discrimination between transgender and cisgender LGBQ individuals. Journal of the Society for Social Work Research, 7(3), 427-447.

Langenderfer-Magruder, L., Walls, N. E., Kattari, S. K., Whitfield, D. L., & Ramos, D. (2016). Sexual victimization and subsequent police reporting by gender identity among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer adults. Violence and Victims, 31(2), 320-331.

Langenderfer-Magruder, L., Whitfield, D. L., Walls, N. E., Kattari, S. K. & Ramos, D. (2016). Experiences of intimate partner violence and subsequent police reporting among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer adults in Colorado: Comparing rates of cisgender and transgender victimization. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(5), 855-871.

Alghabra, H. S., Juarez, S. F., Kattari, S. K, Olzman, M., & Calafell, B. (2016). Critical pedagogy and intersectional sexuality: Exploring our oppressions and privileges through reflexivity, responsibility and resistance. In F. Tuitt, C. Haynes & S. Stewart (Eds.), Race, Equity and the Learning Environment: The Global Relevance of Critical and Inclusive Pedagogies in Higher Education. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Kattari, S. K., Whitfield, D. L., DeChants, J., & Alvarez, A. R. G. (2016). Barriers to health faced by transgender and non-binary Black and minority ethnic people. United Kingdom: Race Equity Foundation.

Kattari, S. K. (2015). Examining ableism in higher education through social dominance theory and social learning theory. Innovative Higher Education, 40(5), 375-386.

Kattari, S. K. (2015). “Getting it”: Identity and sexual communication for sexual and gender minorities with physical disabilities. Sexuality and Culture, 19(4), 882-899.

Kattari, S. K., Walls, N. E., Whitfield, D. L. & Langenderfer-Magruder, L. (2015). Racial and ethnic differences in experiences of discrimination in accessing health services among transgender people in the United States. International Journal of Transgenderism, 16(2), 68-79.

Kattari, S. K. (2015). Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ageing: Biographical approaches for inclusive care and support (book review). The Journal of GLBT Family Services, 11(2), 203-204.

Kattari, S. K. (2015). Body love and disabilities: Intersections of identities. In J. Baker (Ed.), Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.

Kattari, S. K. (2015). But what about Shanna? In J. Johnson & B. Garrison (Eds.), Love, Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge and Resistance. Oakland, CA: Transgress Press.

Kattari, S. K. (2015). Book review: Excluded – Making feminist and queer movements more inclusive. AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work, 30(3), 411-412.

Kattari, S. K. (2014). Sexual experiences of adults with physical disabilities: Negotiating with sexual partners. Sexuality and Disability Special Issue: The Emerging Intersection of Sexuality and Disability in the Profession of Social Work, 32(4), 499-513.

Katz, S. (2014). Your Light. In L. Factora-Borchers & A. Shahidah Simmons (Eds.), Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence. Oakland, CA: AK Press.

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