Kerry O’Brien Bio

kerry-obrien-profile2I joined the Behavioural Studies in the School of Social Sciences in November 2010. Behavioural Studies at Monash covers a broad range of social and psychological principals and theories.  Prior to arriving at Monash University I was at the University of Manchester (UK) where I helped establish the Masters in Clinical and Health Psychology program, and taught courses in applied social psychology, and health.I still hold an honorary position at Manchester.

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PhD in 2004 decision making in complex dynamic environments. Supervisor Associate Professor David O’Hare, Psychology Dept, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Honours degree (first class) in psychology. Thesis supervisor Professor Cliff Abraham, Psychology Department, University of Otago.

I have also completed various certificates and courses in tertiary teaching and research supervision.

Academic Positions                                                                                            

November 2010-present, Monash University, Behavioural Studies, School of Social Sciences

2008-2010, University of Manchester, School of Psychological Sciences

2006-2008, University of Wollongong, Faculty of Health, Australia.

2005-2006, University of Otago, Dunedin Medical School

1999-2005, Teaching Fellow and Research Assistant, Psychology Department, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Research Interests

I have a diverse range of research interests and approaches, however, most have been directed at understanding the influence of various psychological, sociocultural, and environmental factors on physical and mental health and well-being. Along with an interest in substance use and harms (hazardous drinking, alcohol-related aggression, alcohol policy), I also conduct research on inequality, stigma, racism, discrimination, their antecedents, and potential  interventions to ameliorate them. (click on link to research papers) Google scholar research profile

I have a multidisciplinary approach to research adopting whatever methodology is best suited to answering a particular research question. Accordingly, I collaborate with researchers from a range of disciplines with different skill sets including social/developmental/health psychology, epidemiology, sociology, cognitive psychology, linguistics, public health and medicine.


I have a diverse teaching background having developed and taught numerous courses including introductory psychology, health psychology, social cognition, social psychology, social theory and policy,  public health, and physical education, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

I’ve supervised over 35 research students (PhD, Masters, and Honours), and currently supervise 5 PhD students.


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