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Professor Gary Dowsett

Adjunct Professor
Centre for Social Research in Health


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Professor Gary W Dowsett, PhD, FASSA, is Deputy Director at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. A sociologist, he has long been interested in sexuality research, particularly in relation to the rise of modern gay communities. Since 1986, he has been researching the HIV epidemic, particularly in Australia’s gay communities, and has worked on many international HIV/AIDS and sexual health projects since the late 1980s. From 2002 until 2009, he was Associate Professor in Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University, New York. In 2003, he was elected to the International Academy of Sex Research and in 2006 was appointed to a Personal Chair in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. In 2008, he was admitted as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. His current research focuses on gay men and sexual recovery after prostate cancer treatment. He is author, co-author or editor of six books, more than 80 book chapters and academic papers, and over 90 other publications. Professor Dowsett achievements and standing are comparable with those expected of a member of UNSW at this level.