Shanna Kattari

Shanna Kattari-5Shanna K. Kattari, PhD, MEd, ACS is a transitional post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and member of the National Clinical Scholars Program at the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. 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 is active with multiple community organizations. She values translational research that benefits the communities being researched, and strongly believes in making research accessible to not only academics but also to society at large.

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