Dr Rachel O'Donnell

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Institute for Social Marketing Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Rachel O'Donnell

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Dr Rachel O'Donnell is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Marketing and Health at the University of Stirling. After completing her first degree in Psychology, and her PhD on Quality of life and Severe Neurological Disability at the University of Roehampton, London, Rachel moved to Edinburgh and worked as a Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh. Over the past 15 years Rachel has worked extensively in tobacco control policy and research functions, and moved back into academia in December 2015. She has research expertise relating to the development of health behaviour change interventions, and her current research interests include the development of interventions aimed at reducing children's exposure to second-hand smoke in the home, gender-sensitive intervention development and alcohol licensing and policy development. Rachel is a qualitative researcher, with a long track-record of conducting research with disadvantaged populations and/or on sensitive topic areas. Rachel is currently PI on a Scottish Government funded project exploring the use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to create smoke-free homes. She is also Co-PI on the Smoke-free Homes Innovation Network (SHINE) - an ESRC/Irish Research Council funded initiative aimed to foster multidisciplinary collaborations on future smoke-free homes research, policy and practice in the UK and Ireland.

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