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Dr Alison Osborne

Postgraduate Associate

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Alison is a Senior Research Assistant in the Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research at Northumbria University. Her research focusses on the life experiences of military families with specific interests in well-being, family separation and identity. 

Recently, Alison completed a PhD exploring the psycho-social impact of intermittent separation on geographically dispersed military families. This was a mixed methods project utilising a systematic narrative review, geospatial analysis, and semi-structured interviews with dispersed military family members.

Additionally, Alison has undertaken international research in Denmark looking at the mental well-being of Danish Military Children. Working closely with the Danish military charity SSOP, a 4-year project is now underway to explore the impact of SSOP’s interventions on the well-being of military children.

The primary project Alison is currently engaged in is the Map of Need. Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, Alison leads on the military families research, veterans’ mental health pathways report and Veterans’ Gateway user experience research. 

Since joining the Northern Hub in 2016, Alison has been involved in a number of projects, including research on veterans’ reluctance to access help for alcohol problems, the health and social well-being of older veterans with limb-loss and military families’ experience of casualty notification.

Before working in the Northern Hub, Alison completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MRes in Psychology at Northumbria University.

Alison Osborne

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus West

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Developing an Integrated Model of Care for Veterans with Alcohol Problems, Osborne, A., McGill, G., Greaves, J., Kiernan, M. 11 Oct 2021, In: International Journal of Integrated Care
  • Intermittent separation: Exploring the psycho-social impact on dispersed military families, Osborne, A. 30 Nov 2020
  • The exploration of the dispersal of British military families in England following the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010, Rodrigues, M., Osborne, A., Johnson, D., Kiernan, M. 8 Sep 2020, In: PLoS One
  • Housing needs of ageing veterans who have experienced limb loss, Wilson, G., McGill, G., Osborne, A., Kiernan, M. 10 Mar 2020, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • SSOP Annual Camp 2019 Narrative Evaluation: A critical investigation of the impact of a military veteran parent with mental health issues or PTSD upon childhood biography, Watson, P., Osborne, A. 1 Feb 2020
  • Are veterans different? Understanding veterans’ help seeking behaviour for alcohol problems, Kiernan, M., Osborne, A., McGill, G., Greaves, J., Wilson, G., Hill, M. Sep 2018, In: Health & Social Care in the Community

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Dispersed Military Families 2021
  • Invited talk: Dispersed Military Families 2020
  • Invited talk: Further Education Provision for Service Children: What the data tells us 2018
  • Oral presentation: Why are veterans reluctant to access help for alcohol problems? 2019
  • Oral presentation: Understanding why veterans are reluctant to access help for alcohol problems: Improving Access 2017


  • Psychology PhD July 08 2021
  • Psychology MRes
  • Psychology BSc (Hons)
  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society MBPsS 2016

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