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:+4411732 84943
  • Email:Mary.Keeling@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am a Senior Research Fellow and research psychologist specializing in research with military personnel, veterans, and their families.

Using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, my research broadly 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 where I am leading the Understanding Needs and Interventions for the Treatment of Scaring (UNITS) study which is investigating the psychosocial impact of appearance altering injuries on military personnel and their families. UNITS is conducted as part of the Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research.

Area of expertise

Psychosocial research with military populations; Psychosocial experience of military to civilian transition; Military families; Romantic relationships of military personnel and veterans; Appearance-altering combat injuries; Wounded, injured and sick military personnel and their families; Veteran post-service civilian employment.

Psychological Research methods: Qualitative research using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Thematic Analysis, and Narrative Approaches; Conducting focus groups and research interviews; Mixed methods approaches to research; Process Analysis.  


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