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Shanna Katz Kattari, M.Ed. is a second year doctoral student at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work. Her background is as a board certified sexologist and experienced sexuality educator. Her 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 currently centers on disability/ability expectations and ableism, and transgender/gender non-conforming identities and transphobia. She is also interested in examining sexuality in marginalized communities,
particularly LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ and disability inclusivity to medicine. She uses her Masters of Education in Human Sexuality Education to provide accessible, open-source sex
education to people around the country by putting on workshops at places including 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. 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.