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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Western Sydney University

Alison is social gerontologist investigating social solutions to end-of-life care. She is also Adjunct Fellow at the University of New England, researching older age sexuality in clinical and aged care settings.

Alison won the Chancellor's Doctoral Research Medal in 2018 for her PhD thesis, "Behind closed doors: Exploring ways to support partnered baby boomers’ coupledom in residential aged care settings". Also in 2018, she was recipient of the Australian Association of Gerontology's Strategic Research Grant for her project "Permission to speak: Giving older adults a voice in teaching health and aged care providers how to communicate about intimate matters".

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Senior Research Officer, School of Social Sciences & Psychology, Western Sydney University
  • 2018–present
    Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, University of New England

Education

  •  
    University of New England, Doctor of Philosophy (Social Gerontology)
  •  
    University of Sydney, Master of Health Science (Sexual Health)
  •  
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Architecture

Publications

  • 2020
    Rahn, A., Jones, T., Bennett, C., & Lykins, A. (in-press). Baby boomers’ attitudes to maintaining sexual and intimate relationships in long-term care. Australasian Journal on Ageing. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12732,
  • 2020
    Rahn, A., Bennett, C., Jones, T., & Lykins, A. (in-press). Happily partnered older adults’ relationship-enhancing behaviours. Australasian Journal on Ageing. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12731,
  • 2019
    McCallum, J., Hosking, D., & Rahn, A. (2019). Feeling financially comfortable? What retirees say. National Seniors Australia.,
  • 2019
    Jones, T., Rahn, A., Kerr, L., Ezer, P., Henningham, M., del Pozo de Bolger, A., Parkinson, C., & Ison, J. (2019). Carving out qualifications: Mastering PhD problems in post-graduate gender & sexuality study. In T. Jones, L. Coll, L., L. van Leent, & Y. Taylor, (Eds.). Uplifting gender and sexuality education research (pp. 233-256). Palgrave Macmillan. ,
  • 2017
    Couples’ privacy in residential aged care, Digging for gold: Building success in ageing research: 16th national conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing program & proceedings (pp. 49-51). Perth, Australia: Curtin University,
  • 2016
    Rahn, A., Jones, T., Bennett, C., & Lykins, A. (2016). Conflicting agendas: The politics of sex in aged care. Elder Law Review, 10, 1-24.,
  • 2015
    Opening a can of worms: Consenting adults in aged care, Bringing research to life: 14th national conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing program & proceedings (pp.56-59). Melbourne, Australia: National Ageing Research Institute.,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Permission to Speak: Giving older adults a voice in teaching health and aged care providers how to communicate about intimate matters
    Role:
    Lead investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Association of Gerontology

Professional Memberships

  • International Sociological Association
  • Society of Australian Sexologists
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Australian Association of Gerontology

Research Areas

  • Gender, Sexuality And Education (130308)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205)
  • Law And Society (180119)
  • Australian Government And Politics (160601)

Honours

Chancelllor's Doctoral Research Medal, University of New England