Dr Mary Keeling

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  • Qualifications:PhD
  • Position:Senior Research Fellow : Centre for Appearance Research
  • Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS) HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 84943
  • Email:Mary.Keeling@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I was awarded a BA (Hons) in Psychology with Media and Cultural Studies, from University College Northampton, in 2004. Following five years of work in various assistant clinical psychologist roles, I returned to education and was awarded an MSc in Psychological Research Methods (Merit), from Birkbeck, University of London in July 2010. I commenced my PhD in September 2010 at the King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR), in the Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neurology, King’s College London. My PhD was a mixed methods investigation of the romantic relationships of UK military personnel.


Since being awarded my PhD (2014), I have worked as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at KCMHR, Kings College London and the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families in the School of Social Work, at the University of Southern California.

Area of expertise

Using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, my research aims to understand the psychological and social impact of military service on military personnel, veterans and service connected families across four broad key areas: 1. Military to civilian transition, psychosocial adjustment and employment. 2. Military and veteran families. 3. Service personnel and veterans' romantic relationships 4. Mental health stigma and the impact on help-seeking.


I am currently Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England working on a study investigating the psychosocial impact of appearance altering injuries on military personnel and their families.


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