Shanna K. Kattari, PhD, MEd, CSE, ACS

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kattari is faculty at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She earned her PhD in Social Work from the University of Denver. 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.

Current Research Interest:

  • Health disparities
  • Health outcomes
  • Discrimination
  • Disability/ableism
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Intersectionality
  • Mixed methods
  • Power/privilege/oppression

Website | Email | Phone: 734-763-0074

Research Areas: Health Disparities, Health Equity, Disability/Ableism, Discrimination, Gender Identity & Norms, Mixed Methods, Sexual Health,

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