Dr Alice MacLean
- Investigator Scientist (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
Alice is an investigator scientist in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, working within the research programme on Understanding and Improving Health within Settings and Organisations. Alice's current research interests centre around investigating the ways in which health improvement programmes delivered through organisations can reach wider populations through the diffusion of health behaviour change. In particular, Alice is interested in exploring how health behaviour change takes place within families, and specifically how one family member’s attempts to make changes are affected by and affect other family members. Recently Alice has been increasingly involved in intervention development and evaluation. This includes working on the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) randomised controlled trial as a fieldwork team leader and a member of the qualitative data collection and analysis team. Alice is also a grant-holder on a CSO-funded project which looks at the feasibility of adapting FFIT for delivery within secure institutions, and on an NIHR-funded project designed to investigate the long-term weight loss trajectories of the participants of the FFIT RCT.
Alice graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2001 with MA (Hons) Geography and Scottish Literature. In 2002, she took up a PhD studentship at the Unit which involved using qualitative methods to investigate gender differences in symptom reporting during childhood and adolescence. On completion of her PhD, Alice joined the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh, to work on a qualitative longitudinal project which explored the ways in which employed parents and their primary school-aged children negotiate the demands of work and family over time. This study was part of the ESRC-funded ‘Timescapes’ qualitative longitudinal research initiative involving a consortium of 5 universities based across the UK. Between 2010 and 2014, Alice was based within the SPHSU's Gender and Health programme working on a range of mainly qualitative projects which explored the impact of social constructions of gender on experiences of morbidity and health behaviours, such as help-seeking. Alice also conducted a systematic review of quantitative research on changing gender differences in physical morbidity across childhood and adolescence.
Research interests: Links between gender identities and health behaviours, weight management interventions, diffusion of health behaviour change, health behaviour change within families.
Expertise: Qualitative methods (interviews, focus groups, family group interviews, intervention observation, qualitative longitudinal research, media analysis, secondary analysis), research with children and young people.
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- ...the Football Fans in Training follow up RCT (full title in Abstract)
National Institute for Health Research
2015 - 2017
- Can a football-based weight management, physical activity and healthy living programme be adapted for delivery in secure institutional settings to support at risk groups in positive, sustainable ....
Chief Scientist Office
2013 - 2016