Sally Brown

Sally Brown

Dr Sally Brown

Lecturer

Biography

Sally Joined Edinburgh Napier in December 2015 as a lecturer in Sociology in the Social Sciences subject group. Prior to this, she was Deputy Director of the Evaluation, Research and Development Unit in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University, where she led research projects for local NHS trusts. Before joining Durham, she was project manager on an NIHR funded project looking at primary care, based in The York Management School at the University of York.

As a specialist in the Sociology of Health and Illness, Sally's research interests focus on young people's health and wellbeing, particularly sexual health and mental health. She has been awarded grants by the British Academy, the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness and the Scottish Government's Chief Scientist Office, amongst others, to pursue research projects in these areas. She has published her work in sociological and clinical journals, and continues to apply an interdisciplinary approach, aiming to bring sociological theories and health services research into play in her work.

Sally's research interests feed into her teaching, particularly in the sharing of real life research experiences with her research methods and medical sociology students. She is interested in supervising Masters and PhD students in the broad field of medical sociology as well as those with specific interests in young people's health and sexual health.

Themes

Esteem

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External examiner for PhD for Sarah Chipperfield, University of Huddersfield

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Lead, IRESH Events subgroup
  • Scottish Interdisciplinary Research in Sexual Health network (IReSH): steering group member
  • BSA Sociology of Medicine, Health and Illness Stream Convenor
  • North East Medical Sociology study group: co-founder and co-convenor
  • BSA Medical Sociology Group: committee member

 

Conference Activity

  • BSA Medical Sociology Group conference, University of York. 'He'd speak to us like older, aye, just a mate or something.' The influence of gender and status on boys' views of the delivery of sex and relationships education.
  • Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness symposium, Leeds University. Masculinities, roles and transitions
  • Centre for Research on Families and Relationships 3rd international conference, Edinburgh. ‘I’ve had the mucky looks.’ Challenging the stigmatised identity of teenage parents.
  • BSA Medical Sociology Group conference, Aston University. Where’s the fun? The absence of pleasure in discourses about sex for young people.
  • BSA Medical Sociology Group conference, University of York. ‘I wouldn’t have let you in if you’d had a folder.’ Access, resistance and consent in a qualitative interview study.
  • Ca-PRI Network, Aarhus, Denmark. Problematising previvorship
  • Ca-PRI Network, Aarhus, Denmark. The help-seeking experiences of patients with symptoms of lung or colorectal cancer
  • Qualitative Health Research Writing Group Network, Durham University. Keynote: Thinking and writing qualitatively
  • Social Policy Association conference, Sheffield University. Migrants, Media and Health: Moral panics and the impact of immigration on health and health resources
  • BSA Medical Sociology Group conference, Aston University. Gendered influences on non-participation in FOBT bowel cancer screening: a qualitative exploration
  • Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness symposium, Durham University. Men’s health, masculinities, work and wellbeing
  • British Sociological Association annual conference, London. “I think it must run in the family”: multi-generational households and the decision-making processes around teenage pregnancy and parenthood
  • BSA Medical Sociology Group conference, University of York. “I think it must run in the family”: multi-generational households and the decision-making processes around teenage pregnancy and parenthood
  • Qualitative Health Research conference, Halifax, Canada. Multigenerational experiences of teenage parenting
  • European Society for Health and Medical Sociology conference, Hannover, Germany. The influence of families and communities on teenage pregnancy and parenting: the social context of becoming a young parent
  • BSA Annual Conference, Leeds University. Risk, resistance and neo-liberalism: an examination of social health inequalities discourses related to young people
  • North American Primary Care Research Group conference, Banff, Canada. Decision-making processes, teenage pregnancy and teenage parenthood: the influence of multi-generation households
  • BSA Medical Sociology Group conference, University of Chester. 'They think it's all up to the girls.' gender, risk and responsibility for contraception
  • Society for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol. “They think it’s all up to the girls”: gender, risk and responsibility for contraception
  • Qualitative Health Research conference, Vancouver, Canada. “They think it’s all up to the girls”: Gender and responsibility for contraception
  • Advances in Qualitative Research Methods conference, Vancouver, Canada. The Application of DICTION to Qualitative Content Research in Health Service Management
  • BSA Medical Sociology Group conference, University of Brighton. “It won’t happen to me”: Factors underlying unintended conceptions in young women.
  • Qualitative Health Research conference, Banff, Canada. Factors underlying unintended conceptions in young women in an area of high social deprivation in the UK

 

Invited Speaker

  • WISERD Civil Society Seminar Series, Cardiff University. ‘It’s bringing new life in.’ Teenage parents and intergenerational values of family life.
  • University of Glasgow. Negotiating physical and emotional 'affect' of social research
  • University of Dundee. Teenage pregnancy and parenting: multigenerational experiences and contexts
  • University of Leeds. Negotiating the physical and emotional impacts of social research
  • University of Glasgow. Teenage pregnancy: moral problem, social problem, or no problem at all?
  • Centre for Research on Families, Lifecourse and Generations, University of Leeds. 'We wanted better for her.' Experiences of teenage parenting across the generations.
  • University of Central Lancashire. Teenage pregnancy: moral problem, social problem, or no problem at all?
  • University of Edinburgh, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. Teenage pregnancy: moral problem, social problem, or no problem at all?
  • Teesside University, Social Futures Institute. Teenage pregnancy: moral problem, social problem, or no problem at all?
  • Teesside University. Using focus groups in naturally occurring settings
  • Improving Health Outcomes for Children, Young People and Families, Hull. Reducing teenage pregnancy and supporting teenage parents - what works? Family, social and cultural contexts of teenage pregnancy and parenting
  • Current Issues in Sexual Health conference, London. Examining attitudes towards contraception in adolescents
  • University of Dundee, School of Midwifery and Health. Researching teenagers and sex: ethics, issues and findings
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Decision-making processes, teenage pregnancy and teenage parenthood: the influence of multi-generation households
  • University of Melbourne, Australia. Social contexts of becoming a young parent

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer for Sociology of Health and Illness; Health, Risk and Society; Culture, Health and Sexuality; Family Practice; European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Healthcare; International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance.

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board member, Sociological Research Online

 

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Edward Derbyshire; MD Durham University
  • Deeni Idris: PhD, Durham University
  • Christina Dobson: PhD Durham University
  • Claire Sullivan: PhD Newcastle University