Karen Maxwell

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  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Dr Karen Maxwell is a Research Assistant in the Substance Use Research Group at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). She currently works on an NIHR-funded project investigating the impact of extended bar / club opening hours on alcohol-related harms and public views on the future of Scotland’s night time economy post-COVID (the ‘ELEPHANT’ study).

Karen’s research interests centre around social inequalities in health and gender and health, with previous research having focused on sexual health, parenting, poverty and vulnerable groups, women’s reproductive health, and abortion stigma.

Prior to joining GCU, Karen worked for the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU) for ten years on a range of projects related to public health, most recently working as part of the team conducting the 4th National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL) in the UK. This work involved conducting development work for a new measure of Sexual Wellbeing (the Natsal-SW), and qualitative work investigating the impact of COVID-19 on people’s sexual health and wellbeing. During this time, Karen also worked on a Wellcome Trust funded project investigating abortion stigma (the SASS project: https://www.sassproject.org.uk/), leading on the day-to-day management of this project.

Karen completed her PhD in 2017 on socioeconomically disadvantaged men’s attitudes towards fatherhood and parenting interventions. This work formed part of the THRIVE trial (Trial of Healthy Relationship Initiatives for the Very Early-years) investigating the impact of two antenatal parenting interventions for women with additional health and social care needs in pregnancy. Karen’s work involved qualitative interviews with male partners of the women taking part in the trial.

Karen has worked in research roles in both academic and commercial settings, working as a Research Psychologist for an Occupational Psychology consultancy in London before moving on to work in research in academia. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of York and a MSc in Occupational Psychology from the University of Manchester.

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

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