Kerry O'Brien


Accepting PhD Students

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Personal profile

Research interests

Research Areas: Stigma & health; Health and social policy; Hazardous drinking & associated harms (violence, antisocial behaviour);  Psychosocial aspects of Obesity; Alcohol and gambling advertising & sponsorship; Sport psychology.



I joined the School of Social Sciences at Monash in December 2010 where I teach a range of topics related to health and social behaviour, and health and social policy. Prior to this I was at the University of Manchester for three years where I helped establish a masters program and taught courses and conducted research on the social determinants of health, social and health policy, and health and social psychology. From 2006-2008 I was at the University of Wollongong. 

Since arriving at Monash, I have been lead chief investigator of co-lead chief investigator on over $3.5 million in competitive research grants. This includes two ARC grants, one NHMRC special call grant, and seven competitive research grants totalling over $2 million.

I am also a core member (representing the Faculty of Arts) on the recently succesful $110 million Digital Health CRC (Co-operative Research Center). 

Monash teaching commitment

Courses designed, coordinated, and taught (undergraduate and postgraduate).

social and health policy, stigma and health, research methods in social sciences, public health, health promotion, applied social psychology, social identity, health psychology.

Supervision interests

I have substantial experience in managing HDR students, and have supervised over 35 research students (PhD, Masters, and Honours), and currently supervise 3 PhD students and 2 honours students.

PhD Research Opportunities

I am looking for suitable PhD (and Masters) candidates interested in any of the below broad topic areas:

  1. The impact of weight stigma on psychological well-being, eating behaviour, and participation physical activity and sport.
  2. The influence of alcohol, gambling, and fast food advertising and sponsorship on young people.
  3. Other topics related to prejudice, discrimination, body image and disordered eating, psychological and physical health.
  4. Evidence based health and social policy making.


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Projects 2012 2021

Research Output 1999 2019

Exploring men's risky drinking cultures

Roberts, S., Ralph, B. L., Elliott, K. B., Robards, B. J., Savic, M., Lindsay, J. M., O'Brien, K. S. & Lubman, D., 2019, Melbourne Victoria Australia: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. 39 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther

Open Access

How alcohol advertising and sponsorship works: Effects through indirect measures

Zerhouni, O., Bègue, L. & O'Brien, K. S., 1 May 2019, In : Drug and Alcohol Review. 38, 4, p. 391-398 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Psychedelic-assisted therapies: The past, and the need to move forward responsibly

Gardner, J., Carter, A., O'Brien, K. & Seear, K., 1 Aug 2019, In : International Journal of Drug Policy. 70, p. 94-98 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review


The relationship between endometriosis-related pelvic pain and symptom frequency, and subjective wellbeing

Rush, G., Misajon, R., Hunter, J. A., Gardner, J. & O'Brien, K. S., 16 Jul 2019, In : Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 17, 1, 5 p., 123.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

Alcohol consumption, masculinity, and alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour in sportspeople

O'Brien, K. S., Forrest, W. B., Greenlees, I., Rhind, D. J. A., Jowett, S., Pinsky, I., Espelt, A., Bosque-Prous, M., Sonderlund, A., Vergani, M. & Iqbal, M., 1 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 21, 4, p. 335-341 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review