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Justin_Canty_profileB.Th. (Hons), BSW, Grad Dip MH, PG Cert Health Sciences (Child Adolescent Mental Health), PhD, Registered Social Worker
Suicide and Mental Health Research Group

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My academic background spans humanities and social sciences, encompassing philosophical and cultural theory, feminist analyses and qualitative research methodologies. My current research focuses on children and social media, online peer interactions and how this is related to identity construction. This project will use discourse analysis to investigate children's accounts of these interactions.

My professional background is in clinical and community Social Work, with particular focus on children and adolescents, health promotion, mental health and emotional wellbeing. I have worked in community health promotion projects focused on issues for young people, including alcohol and other substance use, same-sex attracted and sex & gender diverse young people, HIV/AIDS education and support, and rural community development through volunteering. Prior to commencing PhD research I was employed in a clinical Social Work role in a specialist child adolescent mental health service.

Research interests and activities

  • Discourse analysis and critical theory
  • Social media and social networking sites
  • Social construction of identity
  • Child-centred methods in research on child adolescent mental health and wellbeing
  • Same-sex attracted and sex & gender diverse people's experiences


Jenkin, G., Canty, J., Ernst, S., & Collings, S. (2022). Investigating suspected suicides: New Zealand coroners' experiences. Death Studies, 46(2), 314-322. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2019.1699205 Journal - Research Article

Canty, J., McBain, L., & Gray, L. (2021). Simulating ‘that jaw drop moment’: Challenging heteronormative assumptions in a novel clinical consultation skills session with undergraduate medical students. MedEdPublish, 10(1), 182. doi: 10.15694/mep.2021.000034.2 Journal - Research Article

Rushton, A., Gray, L., Canty, J., & Blanchard, K. (2019). Beyond binary: (Re)defining "gender" for 21st century disaster risk reduction research, policy, and practice. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 16, 3984. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16203984 Journal - Research Other

Canty, J., & Gray, L. (2017, September-October). The last taboo? Teaching skills for clinical consultations with sex/gender diverse people in medical education. Verbal presentation at the Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health (ANZPATH) Conference, Sydney, Australia. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Canty, J. (2017). “You can get cyberbullied by your friends”: Claiming authority to categorise a past event as bullying. In A. Bateman & A. Church (Eds.), Children’s knowledge-in-interaction: Studies in conversation analysis. (pp. 333-349). Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-1703-2_18 Chapter in Book - Research

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