Kerry O'Brien

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

19992019
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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.

 

Biography

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 2019

Research Output 1999 2018

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

Does the Awareness of Mortality Shape People's Openness to Violence and Conflict? An Examination of Terror Management Theory

Vergani, M., O'Brien, K. S., Lentini, P. & Barton, G. 12 Mar 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Political Psychology. p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Food addiction and it's potential links with weight stigma

Reid, J., O'Brien, K. S., Puhl, R. M., Hardman, C. & Carter, A. Jun 2018 In : Current Addiction Reports. 5, 2, p. 192-201 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Alcohol industry sponsorship of university student sports clubs in Brazil

Pinsky, I., Noto, A. R., Botéquio De Moraes, M. C., Lucas Dos Santos, E., Sparks, R. S. J. & O’Brien, K. 1 Mar 2017 In : Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 78, 2, p. 306-312 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A qualitative study of overweight and obese Australians' views of food addiction

Cullen, A. J., Barnett, A., Komesaroff, P. A., Brown, W., O'Brien, K. S., Hall, W. & Carter, A. 1 Aug 2017 In : Appetite. 115, p. 62-70 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review