Dr Carrie Purcell
- Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
Carrie Purcell is a Research Fellow in the Complexity in Health Improvement Programme, at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. Carrie is currently Project Manager of SCOT:REACH-HF, a study evaluating implementation of the REACH-HF cardiac rehabilitation self-magament programme in Scotland.
As part of a programme of abortion research which she leads, Carrie is also PI on the Wellcome-funded Sexuality and Abortion Stigma Study (SASS). In partnership with colleagues at the Open University, Ulster and Bournemouth Universities, SASS explores the potential for qualitative secondary analysis of a range of abortion-related UK datasets to inform understanding of abortion stigma. Carrie is a collaborator on the My Body, My Life abortion storytelling project and travelling exhibition, and Co-investigator on their Abortion During Covid-19 study.
In her previous role, Carrie led the process evaluation compotent of the NIHR-funded STASH trial, a feasibility study of a peer-led intervention with secondary school students aimed at improving sexual health. Prior to that, Carrie worked as an Investigator Scientist at the SPHSU, and as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh. Carrie's holds an MA(SocSci) in Sociology from the University of Glasgow, and an MSc and PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh.
Carrie’s research takes a primarily sociological but interdisciplinary approach to sexual and reproductive health inequalities. Her research interests broadly span:
- sexual and reproductive health
- cardiac health
- experiences of health professionals
- access to healthcare
- self-management of health conditions
- medical sociology
- qualitative methods
- process evaluation
- implementation science
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Exploring intersections of norms of female sexuality and abortion stigma: a preparatory qualitative secondary analysis study
2018 - 2018
- ESRC-IAA: The Abortion Act at 50: Still disputed ground?
Economic and Social Research Council
2014 - 2018
I am currently interested in supervising postgraduate students in the areas of:
- menstrual health
Professional activities & recognition
Grant committees & research advisory boards
- 2020: Wellcome Trust, Social Science and Bioethics Expert Review Group
- 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology