Associate Professor Kerry O’Brien

kerry-obrien-profile2I joined the School of Social Sciences at Monash University in November 2010. I teach in a broad range of subjects including Health and Social Psychology, Personality,  Health Promotion, Social Cognition, and health and social policy.  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 psychology. I still hold an honorary position at Manchester.

Google Scholar research profile:

See our latest papers:

Carr, O’Brien, et al 2015 Childrens exposure to alcohol advertising in AFL, Cricket, NRL             (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).



I received my PhD (August 2004) Psychology Dept, University of Otago, New Zealand (supervisor David O’Hare), after completing an BA Honours (First class) (supervisor Professor Cliff Abraham), Psychology Department, University of Otago.

Academic Positions                                                                                            

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

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

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

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

Research Interests

My research interests including obesity, hazardous drinking, alcohol-related harms and aggression, stigma and health, prejudice, and alcohol advertising and sponsorship. The aim is to provide evidence for social and health policy debates, and to understand the antecedents of health and social behaviour for potential interventions.

I take a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to research adopting methodologies that best suit a particular research question, and collaborating with researchers from various fields including social and health psychology, epidemiology, sociology, cognitive/developmental psychology, political science, and public health and medicine.


I have developed and taught a diverse range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels including introductory psychology, health psychology, social psychology, behaviour change, social cognition, and public health, social and health policy.

I’ve supervised over 35 research students (PhD, Masters, and Honours), and currently supervise 4 PhD students.


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