Karen Maxwell is a Research Assistant at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow and worked on the SASS project from 2018-19. With a background in psychology, Karen’s research interests include gender, reproductive rights, abortion, parenting, poverty, and social inequalities.
While working on SASS, Karen led the day-to-day management of the project, including coordinating data sharing, analysis, and project events. Karen has co-authored two peer-reviewed publications based on findings from the SASS project, including a first-authored paper on how health professionals contribute to normalising abortion.
Completed in 2018, Karen’s PhD research investigated constructions of fatherhood and attitudes of disadvantaged men in Scotland towards parenting interventions. This work formed part of the THRIVE trial and involved in-depth interviews with the male partners of women taking part in the trial. More recently Karen has taken up a role investigating the concept of sexual well-being for the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles.