Dr Rosaleen O’Brien

Dr Rosaleen O’Brien – Associate

Rosaleen O’Brien is a Freelance Research Associate at Rocket Science. She previously worked as an academic in social and public health. She held Research Fellowships at the Universities of Oxford (2007-9), Glasgow (2009-13), Glasgow Caledonian (2013-2019) and Stirling (2020-2021), leading qualitative programmes of work on masculinities and men’s health, cancer care, managing multimorbidity, parenting support for people with additional health and social care needs, and substance use. Rosaleen set up her own research consultancy in 2021, offering specialist qualitative health research support to clients from academia, government agencies and third sector organisations. She helps clients identity how they might improve existing services and/ or how to develop and evaluate novel interventions that might reduce inequalities and improve quality of life.  

  • PhD Social and Public Health Sciences, University of Glasgow 
  • MSc Social Research Methods with Social Policy, London School of Economics, University of London 
  • Joint BA (hons) in Social Psychology & Sociology

Specialist areas

  • Qualitative research methods and analysis 
  • Development and evaluation of complex interventions 
  • Health services (including primary care, cancer care, maternity services, drug & alcohol)
  • Social care research (particularly children, young people and families & learning disabilities)
  • Inequalities in health 
  • Gender & health 
  • Identities, illness and access to care
  • Marginalised and seldom asked groups 

Little weaknesses

  • Plants – not to be left unsupervised in a garden centre
  • Adopting waifs and strays 
  • Fish finger sandwiches