Research Interests: I conduct research in several areas including hazardous drinking, alcohol promotion and marketing, psycho-social aspects of obesity, alcohol -related harms (violence, aggression), stigma and health. I have an editorial position with the journal Addiction, and I’m chair of the research committee.
Google Scholar research profile:
Latest Teaching Evaluations:
Effective alcohol marketing policymaking requires more than evidence on alcohol marketing effects: research on vested interest effects is needed (accepted). 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 (2004) University of Otago, New Zealand.
BA Hons (1st) University of Otago, New Zealand.
November 2010-present, Monash University
2008-2010, University of Manchester, Health Psychology, School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine
2006-2008, University of Wollongong, Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australia.
1999-2005, Teaching Fellow and Research Assistant, Public Health and Psychology, University of Otago, New Zealand.
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
Postgrad Research Supervision
I’ve supervised over 35 research students (PhD, Masters, and Honours), and currently supervise 3 PhD students.