Research Fellow

Division: Institute for Global Health and Development

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Fiona O’May (MSc, BSc) is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Health and Development. She is also a member of the Institute for Global Health and Development Research Centre.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects

Fiona is a social scientist who has worked on a wide range of projects with colleagues in social and health sciences, including global health, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, sociology, media and communication studies, and human resource management.

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Fiona’s research has involved older people, homeless people, children and young people, healthcare professionals, and members of the general public.

Research Interests

  • Alcohol use/misuse
  • Social justice
  • Health inequalities

Research Methods

  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Qualitative and mixed methodologies


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

  • ReBUILD Consortium

The ReBUILD Consortium is an international research partnership working for improved access of the poor to effective health care and reduced health costs burdens, through the production and uptake of a coherent body of high quality, policy-relevant new research on health systems financing and human resources for health in post-conflict countries. ReBUILD is led in the UK by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, working with partner research organisations in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe. ReBUILD is funded by the UK Department for International Development.


  • Strengthening Evidence for the Scaling of Psychosocial First Aid (PFA) in Humanitarian Settings)

Psychological first Aid (PFA) provides a mechanism to address mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) needs of acutely distressed people at scale in major humanitarian emergencies. This study will look at whether PFA enables stronger capacity to provide effective mental health and psychosocial support to those experiencing humanitarian crises and will not only gather evidence related to PFA in the specific context of West Africa and the Ebola crisis but also establish – through strong inter-agency engagement and regional consultation – a basis for wider, systematic, and rigorous evaluation of PFA impact.

This research project is funded by Elrha’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) Programme. The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme aims to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises. Visit for more information. The R2HC programme is funded equally by the Wellcome Trust and DFID, with Elrha overseeing the programme’s execution and management.