From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Karen Maxwell

position: PhD Student

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7545


MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Karen obtained her BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of York in 2005. She then went on to complete an MSc in Occupational Psychology at the University of Manchester, graduating with distinction.  Her MSc research focused on individual differences in coping with redundancy and career change.
Karen has worked in research roles in both academic and commercial settings, working as a Research Psychologist for an Occupational Psychology Consultancy in London before moving on to work as a Research Assistant in the Psychology Department at the University of Glasgow.

Karen joined the SPHSU in 2011, working as a Research Assistant on the DASH (Determinants of Adolescent Social well-being and Health) Study.  She is currently a member of the Social Relationships and Health Improvement Team, completing her PhD on concepts of fatherhood amongst socially marginalised men in Glasgow. The PhD will explore men’s ideas about what it means to be a ‘good father’ and their aspirations for fatherhood.  For more information on the PhD project please see the study page here:

The PhD is linked to the THRIVE trial and will form part of the process evaluation of this trial.

Karen is supervised by Dr. Katie Buston and Prof. Danny Wight.