Shanna Katz Kattari

Professional Title

Assistant Professor of Social Work


Social Work


Shanna K. Kattari, PhD, MEd, CSE, ACS is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, the Department of Women’s Studies (by courtesy), Director of the [Sexuality|Relationships|Gender] Research Collective, and core faculty at the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities. A queer, White, Jewish, cisgender, disabled, chronically ill Femme, her practice and community background is as a board certified sexologist, certified sexuality educator, and social justice advocate. Dr. Kattari’s 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. Recently, she has focused on the health disparities among trans/NB communities, across physical and behavioral health, as well as working with the community through community based participatory research to better understand how the lack of inclusive providers has increased these disparities. She is also interested in examining sexuality in marginalized communities, particularly disabled adults and LGBTQIA2S+ individuals.  

Research Interests

community-based research
mixed methods
qualitative research