Cath has more than 15 years’ experience in the university sector, undertaking applied health services research and evaluation. She has worked as a Public Health Specialist and held research positions at the Universities of Leeds and York. In addition to managing her own company Valid Research, Cath is a visiting Research Fellow for York Trials Unit. She has a PhD in Health Psychology and an MSc in Health Promotion and Health Education.
Cath has considerable experience in all stages of delivering research and evaluation projects, from securing funding, establishing teams, collecting and analysing data through to writing up and reporting on findings. Skilled in conducting quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research, she has worked in the UK and internationally with a focus on public health. Her particular research interests are health literacy and decision-making for childhood immunisation. She has a track record of conducting research with marginalised communities.
Cath's interests include health promotion, health literacy, understanding and supporting individuals to make informed choices about their health – particularly health promotion choices.
Cath is a mixed methods researcher with experience of using a range of research designs and methods including randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, questionnaires, interviews and focus groups.