Kareena McAloney-Kocaman


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

Dr Kareena McAloney-Kocaman is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. She holds a BSc (Hons) Social Psychology from the University of Ulster, a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Care Ethics and Law from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Ulster. She is deputy lead of the Child and Adolescent Health Research Group, and also a member of the Substance Use Research Group and the Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention Research Group. Kareena recently led a project funded by the Chief Scientist Office to explore the role of migrant children as interpreters in health care settings, and was involved in an Institute of Alcohol Studies funded scoping review of alcohol use in fatherhood, and an evaluation of the Time for You service in partnership with the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH). She is currently working on the Covid-19 Psychological Wellbeing Study, the SMYLE study of young peoples engagement with mental health services funded by NHS GGC, the UK wide Veteran Family study of the psychosocial determinants of wellbeing among the families of military veterans funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, and a study of the Third Culture Kids digital engagement and well-being funded by the UKRI funded eNurture network.

Her research interests span social and health psychology particularly in relation to how social group memberships and identities influence health and well-being of vulnerable and marginalised groups. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Intergroup relations, intergroup contact and well-being
  • Religion and ethnicity
  • Social capital
  • Health behaviours
  • Statistical modelling

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner, Leeds Beckett University

10 Jan 2020 → …

External Examiner, University of Derby

1 Sep 2019 → …


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