Dr Rosaleen O'Brien

Research Fellow

NMAHP NMAHP Research Unit Unit 13 Scion House Stirling University Innovation Park Stirling FK9 4NF

Dr Rosaleen O'Brien

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I am a Research Fellow based in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) Research Unit, one of six research centres funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO), in the Scottish Government Health Directorate.

I joined the University of Stirling in January 2020 to work with an international team collaborating on The Relations Study. This ESRC-funded project, led by Professor Anne Whittaker, is examining how parental drug use is governed, informed by a learning alliance, a relational ethnography and policy analysis. Four ethnographers are employed on the project, in Stirling and KCL, working in close collaboration.

My academic background includes postdoctoral research posts at Division of Public Health & Primary Care, University of Oxford, 2007-9 (identifying unmet needs of prostate cancer patients); Department of General Practice & Primary Care, University of Glasgow , 2009-13 (developing & evaluating a complex intervention to improve the quality of life of people managing multimorbidity in areas of high deprivation); Glasgow Caledonian University/MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, 2013-19 (Lead for the process evaluation for the Trial of Healthy Relationship Initiatives for the Very Early years; an RCT evaluating parenting support for mothers with additional health and social care needs). All of the above had leadership responsibilities for large mixed-methods, predominantly qualitative, programmes of work. Consequently, I have developed particular expertise in the use of ethnography to evaluate health services and provide insights into how these work, or not, in the context of (usually) marginalised people's lives.

My training in the Social Sciences included a joint undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology, an MSc in Social Research Methods and Gender from The LSE and a PhD in Medical Sociology (Masculinities and Men's Health) from the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.