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Dr Alison Osborne

Postgraduate Associate

Department: Psychology

Alison is a Senior Research Assistant in Psychology based in the Psychology & Communication Technology (PaCT) Lab.  Currently she is working in the well citizen challenge area within the Centre for Digital Citizens focussing on the role of digital technologies in women’s health communications.  Alison’s research interests include identity, well-being, EDI, digital health, Armed Forces, mixed methodologies.

Prior to joining PaCT Lab, Alison worked in the Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research at Northumbria University.  Here she was 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; the health and social care needs of the Armed Forces Community, military families’ experience of casualty notification, developing a peer support model for military bereaved families and the psychosocial well-being of Danish military children.

Most notably, Alison was the lead author on the ‘Lost and Found: The LGBT+ Veteran Community and the Impacts of the Gay Ban’ report.  Working with Fighting With Pride, this was the first UK research project exploring the experiences and impact of the ban for LGBT+ veterans.

Alison completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, MRes in Psychology and her PhD at Northumbria University.

Campus Address

B104
Coach Lane Campus West


  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Impact of the Historic Policy to Ban Homosexuality in the UK Armed Forces: The Lived Experience of LGBT + Veterans, Osborne, A., McGill, G. 29 Feb 2024, In: Sexuality Research and Social Policy
  • Integration of Research into EMDR Practice: Exploration of Methods, Osborne, A., Gates, J., Mann, E., Wilson-Menzfeld, G. 20 Apr 2023, The Oxford Handbook of EMDR, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Bereaved military families: Relationships and identity, McGill, G., Mann, E., Moreland, M., Osborne, A., Kiernan, M., Wilson-Menzfeld, G. 18 Aug 2023, In: Journal of Loss and Trauma
  • Military service and alcohol use: a systematic narrative review, Osborne, A., Wilson-Menzfeld, G., McGill, G., Kiernan, M. Jun 2022, In: Occupational Medicine
  • Intermittent separation: Exploring the psycho-social impact on dispersed military families, Osborne, A. 30 Nov 2020
  • 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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Other: Westminster Roundable Event on LGBT+ Veterans 2023
  • Other: Do experiences of loneliness differ across the lifespan? 2022
  • Invited talk: Dispersed Military Families 2021
  • 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

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


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