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Karen Coales
Research Fellow



Karen is a research fellow in the Department of Health Sciences. She is also a psychological wellbeing practitioner at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust, York and Selby Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service. Karen has worked for the NHS for 20 years and has a background in occupational therapy. Her clinical expertise lies in treating common mental health conditions and long-term physical health conditions. Her research interest is the relationship between mental and physical wellbeing in individuals with physical long-term health conditions.


  • BSc Science, Open University
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Coventry University
  • MRes Clinical Research, University of Southampton
  • PCert Low Intensity Psychological Interventions, University of Sheffield




Karen’s research interest is long term health conditions and common mental health conditions (anxiety and/or depression) comorbidity.


  • Depression and Diabetes Multimorbidity in South Asia (DiDeM) research programme

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Karen Coales
Research Fellow