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Professor Rosaline Barbour

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Professional biography


2002- 2011      Professor of Health & Social Care                    University of Dundee, School of Nursing & Midwifery

2006-2008       Co-editor (with Dr Susan Eley)                          Sociological Research Online

1998-2002       Senior Lecturer Primary Care R&D                   University of Glasgow, Dept. of General Practice

1995-1998       Senior Lecturer Health Services Research       University of Hull, Public Health & Primary Care,

1993-1995       Senior Research Fellow                                   University of Glasgow, Public Health Research Unit

1988-1993       Research Fellow                                               University of Glasgow, MRC Medical Sociology Unit

1985-1987       Senior Research Officer                                    London Borough of Lambeth, Directorate of Social Services

1987-88           Visiting Research Fellow                                   University of Oxford,  National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit

 1983-1985       Research Fellow                                               University of Aberdeen, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology


Research interests


Reproductive health and decison-making

Public engagement with health

Resilience through the lifecourse




“The Biographical Turn and the ‘Sociolization’ of Medicine” Plenary paper presented at the BSA Medical Sociology Group Conference, University of Chester, 16th September, 2011. (Published in Medical Sociology Online,Vol.6, Issue 1: )

 “Challenging or Reproducing Dominant Discourses? Some reflections on nearly four decades of the sociology of human reproduction”, Plenary paper presented at BSA Human Reproduction Study Group Conference, Open University, June, 2011.

 “Focus groups: Enjeux et apports”, Plenary paper presented at Entretiens Collectifs: Colloque (symposium) held at Sciences Po,

Paris, 8th April, 2009.


“Multi-disciplinary working and theory development: Boundary work and beyond” Opening Plenary Address at Qualitative Health

Research Conference, Banff, Alberta, 4th October, 2008.




Preventing alcohol-related harm among young women: development and feasibility of a community-baseed group intervention (woith coleagues at the University of Dundee)

Perceptions of future fertility among young people with cancer and their professional carers (with colleagues at the University of Aberdeen)

Teaching interests

Qualitative methods

Sociology of Health & Illness

Externally funded projects

Preventing alcohol-related harm among young women: development and feasibility testing of a community-based group intervention. (K-11-019-RB)
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01 Jul 201208 Jan 2015MRC Medical Research Council

This study will develop and assess the acceptability and feasibility of a community-based group intervention tailored for young women who binge drink regularly. If successful, the intervention will subsequently be tested in a full scale trial. The long term aim of the full study is to reduce the frequency of binge drinking among young women through a group intervention.


Design and feasibility testing of a novel group intervention for young women who binge drink in groups (2018-03-01)
Irvine, Linda; Crombie, Iain K.; Swanson, Vivien; Dimova, Elena D.; Melson, Ambrose J.; Fraser, Tracey M.; Barbour, Rosaline; Rice, Peter M. and Allan, Sheila
PLOS ONE, 13(3) (e0193434)

Counselling in the context of fertility and cancer: Some sociological insights (2013)
Barbour, Rosaline; Porter, Maureen A.; Peddie, Valerie L. and Bhattacharya, Siladitya
Human Fertility, 16(1) (pp. 54-58)

Uptake of folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy: focus group analysis of women’s views and experiences (2012-04)
Barbour, R. S.; MacLeod, M.; Mires, G. and Anderson, A. S.
Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 25(2) (pp. 140-147)

Dysarthria following stroke-the patient's perspective on management and rehabilitation (2011-10)
Brady, Marian C.; Clark, Alexander M.; Dickson, Sylvia; Paton, Gillian and Barbour, Rosaline S.
Clinical Rehabilitation, 25(10) (pp. 935-952)

The impact of stroke-related dysarthria on social participation and implications for rehabilitation (2011)
Brady, Marian C.; Clark, Alexander C.; Dickson, Sylvia; Paton, Gillian and Barbour, Rosaline R.
Disability and Rehabilitation, 33(3) (pp. 178-186)

Using qualitative methods in comparative research (2010)
Barbour, Rosaline S.
Salute e Società, 9(2) (pp. 65-79)

Reflections on applying for NHS ethical approval and governance in a climate of rapid change: prioritizing process over principles? (2009)
McDonach, Eileen; Barbour, Rosaline and Williams, Brian
International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12(3) (pp. 227-241)

Patients' experiences of disruptions associated with post-stroke dysarthria (2008-03)
Dickson, Sylvia; Brady, Marian; Barbour, Rosaline; Clark, Alexander M. and Paton, Gillian
International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 43(2) (pp. 135-153)

The work of health visitors and school nurses with children with psychological and behavioural problems (2008-02)
Wilson, Philip; Furnivall, Judy; Barbour, Rosaline; Connelly, Graham; Bryce, Graham; Phin, Louise and Stallard, Anna
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 61(4) (pp. 445-455)

Teachers' responses to the emotional needs of children and young people: results from the Scottish Needs Assessment Programme (2008)
Connelly, Graham; Lockhart, El;aine; Wilson, Philip; Furnivall, Judy; Bryce, Graham; Barbour, Rose and Phin, Louise
Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 13(1) (pp. 7-19)

Ambiguity and uncertainty: the ongoing concerns of malke partners of women treated for breast cancer (2008)
Harrow, Alison; Wells, Mary; Barbour, Rosaline and Cable, Stuart
European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 12(4) (pp. 349-356)

Health visitors' assessment of parent-child relationships: a focus group study (2008)
Wilson, Philip; Barbour, Rosaline S.; Graham, Clair; Currie, Monica; Puckering, Christine and Minnis, Helen
International Journal of Nursing Studies, 45(8) (pp. 1137-1147)

Introducing Qualitative Research: A Student Guide to the Craft of Doing Qualitative Research (2008)
Barbour, Rosaline
ISBN : 9781412912662 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, UK

Interviewing and focus groups (2011-01)
Barbour, Rosaline S. and Schostak, John
In: Somekh, Bridget and Lewin, Cathy eds. Theory and Methods in Social Research (Second Edition) (pp. 61-68)
ISBN : 9781849200158 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, UK

Focus groups (2010)
Barbour, Rosaline S.
In: Bourgeault, Ivy; Dingwall, Robert and de Vries, Raymond eds. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health Research (pp. 327-352)
ISBN : 9781847872920 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, UK