Professor Katrina Roen

Katrina Roen

Professor of Sociology

Qualifications: Ph.D.

About Katrina

Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Too young to know?  Assumptions about children in healthcare contexts

8th June 2021

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Research Interests

Theoretical and methodological investments

My research centrally concerns health and well-being, youth identities, sexuality and gender. I draw from critical psychology, sociology, interdisciplinary health research, youth studies, and gender studies, engaging with concepts of discourse, embodiment, and subjectivity. My work tends to be qualitative, with an emphasis on methodological approaches that enable analysis of the relationships between the individual level (experience, language, subjectivity) and the socio-cultural level (discourse, power relations, socio-political contexts). I am centrally involved in two substantive areas of research:

i) Well-being, gender identity and the sexed body

I do research concerning the health care and psycho-social well-being of intersex children and youth, i.e., those regarded medically as having a ‘disorder of sexual development’.

ii) Youth cultures, emotion, and digital youth

I also done research concerning youth, suicide attempting, and self-harming and much of this work concerns LGBTIQ youth. This has led to research that focuses on affect, well-being, and digital cultures.

Recent Publications

  • Roen, K. (2022). Hypospadias surgery: understanding parental emotions, decisions and regrets. International Journal of Impotence Research. doi:10.1038/s41443-021-00508-6

  • Roen, K., & Oliver, E. (2022). Decolonising and demedicalising intersex research. Feminism and Psychology. doi:10.1177/09593535211068403

  • Lundberg, T., Roen, K., Kraft, C., & Hegarty, P. (2021). How young people talk about their variations in sex characteristics: making the topic of intersex talkable via sex education. Sex Education, 1-16. doi:10.1080/14681811.2021.1911796 Open Access version:

  • Hegarty, P., Prandelli, M., Lundberg, T., Liao, L. M., Creighton, S., & Roen, K. (2020). Drawing the line between essential and nonessential interventions on intersex characteristics with European health care professionals. Review of General Psychology. doi:10.1177/1089268020963622 Open Access version:

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Gender; Health; Psychology; Social Science Research; Sociology; Women and Gender Studies; Youth

Critical psychology, Sexuality and gender studies, Intersex, Transgender, Queer research, Embodiment, Emotional well-being, Qualitative and digital research methods

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: K 2.25
Phone: +64 7 838 4045