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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Research Output

The effect of a food addiction explanation model for weight control and obesity on weight stigma

O’brien, K. S., Puhl, R. M., Latner, J. D., Lynott, D., Reid, J. D., Vakhitova, Z., Hunter, J. A., Scarf, D., Jeanes, R., Bouguettaya, A. & Carter, A., Feb 2020, In : Nutrients. 12, 2, 10 p., 294.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

The relationship between gambling advertising and gambling attitudes, intentions and behaviours: a critical and meta-analytic review

Bouguettaya, A., Lynott, D., Carter, A., Zerhouni, O., Meyer, S., Ladegaard, I., Gardner, J. & O'Brien, K. S., Feb 2020, In : Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 31, p. 89-101 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

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

2 Citations (Scopus)

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



2019 VicHealth Awards Research into Action Category

Steven Roberts (Recipient), Brittany Ralph (Recipient), Karla Elliott (Recipient), Brady Robards (Recipient), Michael Savic (Recipient), Jo Lindsay (Recipient), Kerry O'Brien (Recipient) & Dan Lubman (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)