Dr Karen Maxwell

  • Research Assistant (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)

Biography

Karen is a Research Assistant in the Social Relationships and Health Improvement programme, at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. Karen is currently working on a Wellcome Trust funded project aiming to understand and tackle abortion stigma (the SASS Project). Her research interests include: gender, women's health rights, abortion, concepts of good motherhood and fatherhood, parenting, parenting interventions, masculinities and femininities, poverty, social exclusion, and social inequalities.

Karen recently completed her PhD investigating constructions of fatherhood and attitudes towards parenting interventions of disadvantaged men in Scotland. This work formed part of the THRIVE trial taking place at the University of Glasgow and involved conducting in-depth interviews with the male partners of women taking part in the trial.

Prior to joining MRC/CSO SPHSU, Karen 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 at the University of Glasgow. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of York (2005) and a MSc in Occupational Psychology from the University of Manchester (2006).


Research interests

Research interests: gender, women's health rights, abortion, concepts of good motherhood and fatherhood, parenting, parenting interventions, masculinities and femininities, poverty, social exclusion, and social inequalities.

Expertise: qualitative methods, fatherhood, masculinities, gender, men’s engagement with parenting interventions.