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 Research Site Manager for the NAPSACC trial. From 2020-22, Carrie was Project Manager of SCOT:REACH-HF, a study evaluating implementation in Scotland of the REACH-HF cardiac rehabilitation and self-management programme.
From 2018-2021, Carrie was PI on the Wellcome Trust-funded Sexuality and Abortion Stigma Study (SASS). In partnership with colleagues at the Open University, Ulster, and Bournemouth Universities, SASS explored 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 My Body, My Life, and was co-investigator on the related Abortion During Covid-19 study.
Carrie previously led the process evaluation compotent of STASH, an NIHR-funded 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. She 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
- reproductive justice
- cardiac health
- healthy ageing
- experiences of health professionals
- access to healthcare
- 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:
- self-management of healthcare
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