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

Jean McQueen

position: Research Associate/Trial Manager

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7500


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

Biography and Interests

Jean joined the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences unit in 2015, as a Research Associate and Trial Manager, within the complex health interventions programme. Jean is an experienced occupational therapist and health services researcher. She completed her PhD studies within the field of alcohol brief intervention at Glasgow Caledonian University supported by a career development grant from the College of Occupational Therapists. Jean has experience in systematic reviewing, randomised controlled trials, qualitative research and service evaluation. Prior to joining the unit Jean worked for the Scottish Government and Forensic Network in a national role as an AHP Consultant in vocational rehabilitation. Jean’s work within mental health and employment was highly commended in the Health Service Journal Awards 2012 and she received the Advancing Health Care Award for measuring outcomes and impact in 2014. She holds a BSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh and is a NIDMAR Certified Disability Management Practitioner. Jean has an MSc in Health Education and Health Promotion from Strathclyde University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Dementia Care and COSCA Counselling Certificate.

Jean’s PhD research focused on Alcohol Brief Intervention in General Hospital; a mixed methods study comprising of a randomised controlled trial combined with qualitative research, using realist synthesis to investigate not only whether the intervention worked but what worked for whom. Jean’s research interests include the use of motivational interviewing techniques and its role in behavioural change, work as a determinant of health and the factors associated with the successful employment of those with health conditions. Jean is also interested in the field of implementation science and the exploration of factors which enhance and accelerate the adoption of research findings into policy and practice.



McQueen JM, Ballinger C, Howe TE. Factors associated with alcohol reduction in harmful and hazardous drinkers following alcohol brief intervention in Scotland: a qualitative enquiry. BMC Health Services Research 2017;8:181

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Vojt G, Thomson H, Campbell M, Fenton C, Sweeting H, McQueen J, Skivington K. Health, happiness and wellbeing for adolescents transitioning to adulthood: a systematic review of individual-level interventions for adolescents from vulnerable groups. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional paper no. 26, Glasgow, 2016