Sally Brown

Sally Brown

Dr Sally Brown

Lecturer

Biography

I was awarded my PhD in Public Health Medicine from the University of Hull in 2001. I then held posts at Hull, Lincoln, York and Durham universities. Before moving to my present job in Edinburgh, I was the Deputy Director of the Evaluation, Research and Development Unit in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University, where I led research projects for local NHS trusts. Before joining Durham, I was project manager on an NIHR funded project looking at primary care, based in The York Management School at the University of York. I joined Edinburgh Napier in December 2015 as a lecturer in Sociology in the Social Sciences subject group.

As a specialist in the Sociology of Health and Illness, my research interests focus on young people's health and wellbeing, particularly sexual health and mental health. I have 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. I have published my work in sociological and clinical journals, and continue to apply an interdisciplinary approach, aiming to bring sociological theories and health services research into play i

My research interests feed into my teaching, particularly in the sharing of real life research experiences with research methods and medical sociology students. I am 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

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Co-chair, Interdisciplinary Research in Sexual Health (IReSH) network
  • Lead, IRESH Events subgroup
  • Scottish Interdisciplinary Research in Sexual Health network (IReSH): steering group member

 

Conference Activity

  • Conference paper: BSA Medical Sociology Group conference, York; Public and private accounts of help-seeking: a challenge to our beliefs about research methods suited to the investigation of sensitive topics
  • Conference presentation: International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, Canada: “It’s Not What They Actually Do to You but the Shame You Would Feel By Going.” Young Men’s Reflections on Shame and Stigma Around Sexual Health Services.
  • BSA Medical Sociology Group conference, Glasgow Caledonian University; Organiser and chair of a special session: 'Interdisciplinary Sexual Health Research and Medical Sociology: Reflections on Research Practice in Scotland'
  • Conference paper: 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; organiser and chair.
  • Conference paper: Centre for Research on Families and Relationships 3rd international conference, Edinburgh. ‘I’ve had the mucky looks.’ Challenging the stigmatised identity of teenage parents.
  • Conference paper: BSA Medical Sociology Group conference, Aston University. Where’s the fun? The absence of pleasure in discourses about sex for young people.
  • Conference paper: 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.
  • Conference paper: Ca-PRI Network, Aarhus, Denmark. Problematising previvorship
  • Conference paper: Ca-PRI Network, Aarhus, Denmark. The help-seeking experiences of patients with symptoms of lung or colorectal cancer
  • onference paper: Social Policy Association conference, Sheffield University. Migrants, Media and Health: Moral panics and the impact of immigration on health and health resources
  • Conference paper: 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: organiser, chair, and opening speaker.
  • Conference paper: 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
  • Conference paper: 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
  • Conference paper: Qualitative Health Research conference, Halifax, Canada. Multigenerational experiences of teenage parenting
  • BSA Sociology of Medicine, Health and Illness Stream Convenor
  • Conference paper: 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
  • Conference paper: BSA Annual Conference, Leeds University. Risk, resistance and neo-liberalism: an examination of social health inequalities discourses related to young people
  • Conference paper: North American Primary Care Research Group conference, Banff, Canada. Decision-making processes, teenage pregnancy and teenage parenthood: the influence of multi-generation households
  • Conference paper: BSA Medical Sociology Group conference, University of Chester. 'They think it's all up to the girls.' gender, risk and responsibility for contraception
  • Conference paper: Society for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol. “They think it’s all up to the girls”: gender, risk and responsibility for contraception
  • North East Medical Sociology study group: co-founder and co-convenor
  • BSA Medical Sociology Group: committee member and conference organiser
  • Conference paper: Qualitative Health Research conference, Vancouver, Canada. “They think it’s all up to the girls”: Gender and responsibility for contraception
  • Conference paper: Advances in Qualitative Research Methods conference, Vancouver, Canada. The Application of DICTION to Qualitative Content Research in Health Service Management
  • BSA Medical Sociology conference: session chair
  • Conference paper: BSA Medical Sociology Group conference, University of Brighton. “It won’t happen to me”: Factors underlying unintended conceptions in young women.
  • Conference paper: Qualitative Health Research conference, Banff, Canada. Factors underlying unintended conceptions in young women in an area of high social deprivation in the UK
  • Qualitative Health Research conference, Vancouver, Canada: session chair

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board member, Sociological Research Online

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External examiner for BA Applied Social Sciences, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

 

Grant Reviewer

  • NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) grant review panel member
  • Invited grant reviewer, ESRC
  • Invited grant reviewer, Wellcome Trust

 

Invited Speaker

  • BSA Postgraduate Research Forum; Life after the PhD symposium. 'Writing funding bids.'
  • Scotland’s Early Career Network for Applied Health Research (SECNAHR); Keynote address: Applied health research: What is it, why do we need it, and what might it look like?
  • WISERD Civil Society Seminar Series, Cardiff University. ‘It’s bringing new life in.’ Teenage parents and intergenerational values of family life.
  • University of Glasgow, invited speaker at a workshop on researcher wellbeing. Negotiating physical and emotional 'affect' of social research
  • University of Dundee Medical School, Population Health Sciences seminar series. Teenage pregnancy and parenting: multigenerational experiences and contexts
  • University of Leeds, research workshop keynote speaker: Negotiating the physical and emotional impacts of social research
  • University of Leeds, Centre for Research on Families, Lifecourse and Generations seminar series. 'We wanted better for her.' Experiences of teenage parenting across the generations.
  • University of Central Lancashire, Department of Social Work seminar series. Teenage pregnancy: moral problem, social problem, or no problem at all?
  • University of Glasgow, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit seminar. 'Teenage pregnancy: moral problem, social problem, or no problem at all?'
  • Durham University, Qualitative Health Research Writing Group Network launch, Keynote: Thinking and writing qualitatively
  • Teesside University, Social Futures Institute seminar series. Teenage pregnancy: moral problem, social problem, or no problem at all?
  • Teesside University, School of Health and Life Sciences research seminar series. Using focus groups in naturally occurring settings
  • University of Edinburgh, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships seminar series. Teenage pregnancy: moral problem, social problem, or no problem at all?
  • 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 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
  • University of Dundee, School of Midwifery and Health seminar series. Researching teenagers and sex: ethics, issues and findings

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • External examiner, PhD: Alan Mackie, University of Edinburgh, 2019; Young people, youth work and social justice: a participatory parity perspective.
  • External examiner, PhD: Sheela Tripathee, University of Glasgow, 2018; Together through thick and thin. Cohabiting partners’ reciprocal influence during men’s attempts to change their dietary practices and physical activity to lose weight and maintain weight loss.
  • External examiner, PhD: Sarah Chipperfield, Huddersfield University, 2018; An Exploration Of The Influence Of Social Ballroom Dancing On Health And Well-Being For Older Adults.
  • Examiner, PhD: William Horsley, Durham University, 2015; A realist evaluation of an integrated care pathway for inflammatory bowel disease in the North East of England.
  • External examiner, PhD: Ronda Chew, Teesside University, 2014; Taking the ‘drama’ out of sex and relationship education.

 

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.

 

Visiting Positions

  • Honorary Research Fellow, University of Sunderland
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Visiting Research Fellow, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Honorary Research Fellow, University of York

 

Date


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'I wouldn’t have let you in if you’d had a folder.' Access and resistance in a qualitative interview study.

Journal Article
Brown, S. (2019)
'I wouldn’t have let you in if you’d had a folder.' Access and resistance in a qualitative interview study. Qualitative Research Journal, 19(3), 271-280. https://doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-12-2018-0006
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to discuss methodological issues connected to being a member of a stigmatised group invited to take part in a research study. Design This...

Understanding the attitudes and acceptability of extra-genital Chlamydia testing in young women: evaluation of a feasibility study

Journal Article
Brown, S., Paterson, C., Dougall, N., Cameron, S., & Wheelhouse, N. (2019)
Understanding the attitudes and acceptability of extra-genital Chlamydia testing in young women: evaluation of a feasibility study. BMC Public Health, 19(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7313-0
Background Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis) is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the UK. Recent studies suggest that in addition to the genital...

Engaging young working class men in the delivery of sex and relationships education

Journal Article
Brown, S., & McQueen, F. (2020)
Engaging young working class men in the delivery of sex and relationships education. Sex Education, 20(2), 186-201. https://doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2019.1636780
Despite a substantial body of research on young people’s wishes about the content and delivery of sex and relationships education (SRE), studies still indicate dissatisfaction...

Health help-seeking by men in Brunei Darussalam: masculinities and ‘doing’ male identities across the life course.

Journal Article
Idris, D. R., Forrest, S., & Brown, S. (2019)
Health help-seeking by men in Brunei Darussalam: masculinities and ‘doing’ male identities across the life course. Sociology of health and illness, 41(6), 1071-1087. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12885
Using data collected through semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions with 37 adult men living in Brunei Darussalam, this paper explores how masculinities and ex...

The role of social context in symptom appraisal and help-seeking among people with lung or colorectal symptoms: A qualitative interview study

Journal Article
Dobson, C., Russell, A., Brown, S., & Rubin, G. (2018)
The role of social context in symptom appraisal and help-seeking among people with lung or colorectal symptoms: A qualitative interview study. European Journal of Cancer Care, 27(2), https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12815
Prolonged diagnostic intervals are associated with poorer outcomes, and the patient interval appears to be a substantial contributor to the overall length of the diagnostic in...

Integrative review of literature on masculinity, health service utilization and health outcomes.

Journal Article
Idris, D. R., Forrest, S., & Brown, S. (2017)
Integrative review of literature on masculinity, health service utilization and health outcomes. Brunei Darussalem Journal of Health, 7(1), 26-42
Purpose and aim of review: To explore and analyze the academic literature on how being an Asian male of specific ethnic group intersects with other psychosocial parameters in ...

Factors influencing change in clinical practice: a qualitative evaluation of the implementation of the quality improvement in colonoscopy study.

Journal Article
Rajasekhar, P. T., Rees, C. J., Nixon, C., East, J. E., & Brown, S. (2016)
Factors influencing change in clinical practice: a qualitative evaluation of the implementation of the quality improvement in colonoscopy study. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 29(1), 5-15. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHCQA-09-2014-0093
Purpose The quality improvement in colonoscopy study was a region wide service improvement study to improve adenoma detection rate at colonoscopy by implementing evidence in...

Teenage pregnancy, parenting and intergenerational relations.

Book
Brown, S. (2015)
Teenage pregnancy, parenting and intergenerational relations. Palgrave Macmillan
Drawing on interviews and focus groups with young mothers and fathers, their parents and other relatives, this book provides a rich exploration of the experience of being a te...

The wrong type of mother: moral panic and teenage parenting.

Book
Brown, S. (2015)
The wrong type of mother: moral panic and teenage parenting. In V. E. Cree, G. Clapton, & M. Smith (Eds.), Revisiting Moral Panics: Book 1 Gender and the FamilyPolicy Press
We live in a world that is increasingly characterised as full of risk, danger and threat. Every day a new social issue emerges to assail our sensibilities and consciences. Dra...

How might healthcare systems influence speed of cancer diagnosis: a narrative review.

Journal Article
Brown, S., Castelli, M., Hunter, D. J., Erskine, J., Vedsted, P., Foot, C., & Rubin, G. (2014)
How might healthcare systems influence speed of cancer diagnosis: a narrative review. Social Science and Medicine, 116, 56-63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.06.030
Striking differences exist in outcomes for cancer between developed countries with comparable healthcare systems. We compare the healthcare systems of 3 countries (Denmark, No...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • British Academy Small Grant: 'I think it must run in the family: multi-generational households and the decision making processes around teenage pregnancy and parenthood.

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Edward Derbyshire; MD Durham University. Minimising risk and improving the management of colonoscopic adverse events.
  • Deeni Idris: PhD, Durham University. Health help seeking behaviour and health care service utilisation of Bruneian men: a grounded theory study.
  • Christina Dobson: PhD Durham University. Help seeking among people with symptoms of lung or colorectal cancer: experience and social context.
  • Claire Sullivan: PhD Newcastle University. Guilty Pleasures – exploring the relationship between alcohol use, sexual risk and sexual decision-making in adults aged 25+ years.