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Shanna Katz Kattari, M.Ed. is a doctoral student at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work, as well as a board certified sexologist and experienced sexuality educator. Her research focuses on examining sexuality in marginalized communities, particularly LGBTQ individuals & people with disabilities. She is also interested in understanding how power, privilege and oppression play roles in systematically marginalizing, excluding, discriminating against and shaming people around their sexual identities/expressions through negative attitudes, policies reinforcing oppression, and isolation.
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 LGBTQ and disability inclusivity to medicine. She uses her Master’s of Education in Human Sexuality Education to provide accessible, open-source sex education to people around the country, by putting on workshops at places such as Brown University, SUNY-Purchase, the University of Arizona, the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, Hofstra University, and the New York LGBT Center. She has worked as a Community Outreach Coordinator, a Resident Sexuality Educator, a guest lecturer in human sexuality classes and more. Additionally, she has several popular press books on the market, and writes for several publications, including a bi-weekly advice column for Out Front Colorado.