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Dr Alison Osborne

Postgraduate Associate

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Alison is a Senior Research Assistant in the Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research at Northumbria University. Her research focusses on the life experiences of the Armed Forces Community with specific interests in well-being, family separation and identity. 

Alison is currently engaged in several projects: developing a peer support model for military bereaved families; a 4-year longitudinal study exploring the impact of a psychosocial intervention on the well-being of Danish military children; an exploratory study of the experiences of LGBT+ veterans affected by ‘the ban’.

Recently, Alison completed a PhD exploring the psycho-social impact of intermittent separation on geographically dispersed military families. This was a mixed methods project utilising a systematic narrative review, geospatial analysis, and semi-structured interviews with dispersed military family members.

Since joining the Northern Hub in 2016, Alison has been involved in a number of projects, including research on veterans’ reluctance to access help for alcohol problems; the health and social well-being of older veterans with limb-loss; the health and social care needs of the Armed Forces Community and military families’ experience of casualty notification.

Before working in the Northern Hub, Alison completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MRes in Psychology at Northumbria University.

Alison Osborne

Campus Address

B104
Coach Lane Campus West


  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Bereaved military families: Relationships and identity, McGill, G., Mann, E., Moreland, M., Osborne, A., Kiernan, M., Wilson-Menzfeld, G. 22 Dec 2022, In: Journal of Loss and Trauma
  • Military service and alcohol use: a systematic narrative review, Osborne, A., Wilson-Menzfeld, G., McGill, G., Kiernan, M. Jun 2022, In: Occupational Medicine
  • Intermittent separation: Exploring the psycho-social impact on dispersed military families, Osborne, A. 30 Nov 2020
  • Progress Report Phase One: An exploratory study of the experiences of LGBT+ veterans affected by 'the ban', McGill, G., Osborne, A., Giles-Haigh, R., Allen, S., Small, D., McGlone, S. Jul 2022
  • Housing needs of ageing veterans who have experienced limb loss, Wilson, G., McGill, G., Osborne, A., Kiernan, M. 10 Mar 2020, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Are veterans different? Understanding veterans’ help seeking behaviour for alcohol problems, Kiernan, M., Osborne, A., McGill, G., Greaves, J., Wilson, G., Hill, M. Sep 2018, In: Health & Social Care in the Community

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Other: Do experiences of loneliness differ across the lifespan? 2022
  • Invited talk: Dispersed Military Families 2021
  • Invited talk: Dispersed Military Families 2020
  • Invited talk: Further Education Provision for Service Children: What the data tells us 2018
  • Oral presentation: Why are veterans reluctant to access help for alcohol problems? 2019

  • Psychology PhD July 08 2021
  • Psychology MRes
  • Psychology BSc (Hons)
  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society MBPsS 2016


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