Kerry O'Brien

Assoc Professor

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Personal profile

Research interests

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



My first academic position following my PhD was in the Dept of Public Health at the University of Wollongong (2006-2008) where I taught courses in behaviour change, health promotion, stigma and health at 1st & 2nd year. I was recruited to the University of Manchester late 2008 where I helped establish a new Masters Degree in Clinical and Health Psychology. At Uni of Manchester I taught courses in health and social psychology, social determinants of health, and health policy at years 2, 3, and postgraduate level. I also supervised honours and postgraduate students from psychology and medicine. I began teaching at Monash University in the School of Social Sciences in 2011 where I teach courses in behavioural studies (applied social & health psychology; social & health policy). 

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 2004 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. 2018 In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 21, 4, p. 335-341 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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 journalArticle

Food addiction and it's potential links with weight stigma

Reid, J., O'Brien, K. S., Puhl, R. M., Hardman, C. & Carter, A. 23 Apr 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Current Addiction Reports. p. 110-115 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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 journalArticle

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 journalArticle