Associate Professor Kerry O’Brien

kerry-obrien-profile2I completed my PhD in Psychology from the University of Otago, New Zealand (8/2004).

Research interests: hazardous drinking harms; stigma and health; psycho-social aspects of obesity; effects of alcohol and gambling advertising and sponsorship; addiction; health policy.

Teaching Areas: I’ve taught/teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level in several areas including, health psychology, public health, applied social psychology, social and health policy, stigma and health, research methods, behavioural sciences broadly defined.

Service Roles: A/Editor,  Addiction.  Chair of research in the School of Social Sciences. Expert Panel Member (Alcohol) Australian Health Policy Collaboration.


Research publications/profile:

Latest Teaching Evaluations:

2016 Teaching Evaluations Kerry O’Brien CAULFIELD CAMPUS

2016 Teaching Evaluations Kerry O’Brien CLAYTON CAMPUS

Recent papers:

O’Brien K, Chikritzhs T. (2017) Time for the New Zealand government to ban alcohol advertising and sponsorship in sport (invited editorial). New Zealand Medical Journal 130; 1448.

Ruiz-Trasserra, Pérez , O’Brien , et al., (in press) Patterns of physical activity and associated factors among teenagers. Gaceta Sanitaria,

O’Brien and Carr, 2016 Effective alcohol marketing policy making requires more than evidence on alcohol marketing effects: research on vested interest effects is needed. (Commentary) Addiction 

Carr, O’Brien, et al 2015 Childrens exposure to alcohol advertising in AFL, Cricket, NRL             Drug and Alcohol Review. (This paper describes childrens exposure to alcohol advertising when watching free to air  AFL, NRL, and Cricket TV across 12 months of TV viewing)

O’Brien et al. 2015 Alcohol advertising in sport TV and childrens viewing PlosOne August       (This paper describes the extent of alcohol advertising in sport vs. non-sport TV across a year and children’s known viewing audience numbers when alcohol advertising during the daytime and night-time).

Iqbal, M., O’Brien, K.S., Vergani, M., & Bliuc, A. (in press). Death reminders increase agreement with extremist views but not violent extremist action in Indonesian Muslims. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

O’Brien, K.S., Latner, J.D., Puhl, R.M., Vartanian, L.R., Giles, C., Griva, K., & Carter, A. (2016, early view online). The relationship between weight stigma and eating behavior is explained by weight bias internalization and psychological distress. Appetite.

Ruffman , O’Brien et al., 2015 Toddlers bias average vs obese figures Journal of Experimental Child Psychology


PhD (8/2004) University of Otago, New Zealand.

BA Hons (1st Class) University of Otago, New Zealand.

Academic Positions                                                                                            

November 2010-present, Monash University

2008-2010, University of Manchester, Health and Clinical Psychology, School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

2006-2008, University of Wollongong, Lecturer, Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australia.

Teaching: courses designed, coordinated, and taught (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Health Promotion and Public Health, Health Psychology, Addiction, Behaviour Change and Health Communication, Social and Health Policy; Social Psychology; Applied Cognitive Psychology; Prejudice and Health.

Postgrad Research Supervision

I’ve supervised over 35 research students (PhD, Masters, and Honours), and currently supervise 3 PhD students.


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