Rosaleen O'Brien

Rosaleen O'Brien


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom


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Dr Rosaleen O'Brien BA (hons); MSc (London, LSE); PhD (MRCSPHSU, Glasgow) is a medical sociologist with a particular interest in qualitative research methods.



Her work has been influenced by narrative and ethnographic approaches to qualitative inquiry, along with participatory and action research. She continues to explore how these approaches might be applied to health research and be used to help develop and evaluate complex interventions that enhance wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.



Rosaleen previously worked at the Institute for Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow (2009 - 2013) where she led a qualitative programme of research contributing towards the development and evaluation of the CARE Plus study (living well with multimorbidity in the context of high socio-economic deprivation). Prior to this, Rosaleen worked at the Division of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Oxford (2007-2009), where she led the qualitative work designed to explore the unmet needs of prostate cancer patients during follow-up and a possible greater supportive role for primary care. Rosaleen also has a long-standing interest in social practices that impact on health, wellbeing and access to health services, which she began to explore as part of her PhD on masculinities and men's health (MRC/ CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow).



Rosaleen joined the Parenting and Families Team in the Department of Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences in August 2013. She currently leads the realist process evaluation for the THRIVE Trial (Trial of Healthy Relationship Initiatives for the Very Early Years), working in collaboration with colleagues at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. The realist process evaluation will draw on a range of qualitative (e.g. depth interviews and ethnographic work), along with quantitative methods, to explore how, why, for whom, and in what contexts, two antenatal interventions work to support women identified as vulnerable in pregnancy.


Twitter account: @rosobs


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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