Dr Rachel O'Donnell is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Marketing 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 November 2015. She has research expertise relating to the development of health behaviour change interventions, and her current research focuses on interventions aimed at reducing children's exposure to second-hand smoke in the home. Rachel has qualitative research expertise, and has a long track-record of conducting research with health service users, and with individuals living in areas of social disadvantage. Rachel has a number of publications in the area of smoke-free homes research, and is PI on a Cancer Research UK funded project exploring fathers' roles in creating and maintaining a smoke-free home. Rachel also works on the 'E-cigarettes in Prisons' study, which evaluates the impact of Scotland's smoke-free policy in prisons.
Rachel currently sits on the Reviewer Board of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Scottish Tobacco Alliance (STA) Research Group.