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Kate Mooney
Research Associate



Kate is a Research Associate working with the Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub, where she is working on the evaluation of the Baby Steps and the Incredible Years programmes. Kate also completed her PhD in the department, which investigated socioeconomic and ethnic inequalities in children’s working memory development in the Born in Bradford cohort study.

Kate has a background in Psychology, with an MSc in Child Development and an MA in Social Research. Prior to starting her PhD, she gained worked as a Research Assistant for the Born in Bradford study, and as a Trial Support Officer for the E-SEE trial.


  • PhD – Department of Health Sciences, University of York
  • MSc Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice,Psychology, University of York
  • MA Social Research, University of York
  • BSc (Industrial) Psychology, University of Leeds



Kate is a quantitative researcher interested in investigating and reducing social inequalities in children's early development and educational outcomes. She has a particular interest in children's cognitive development and children's social and emotional development.


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Invited talks and conferences


  • 2021: 3rd place at the University of York 3 Minute Thesis competition. Unequal memories: Is children's learning a matter of social circumstance? Oral presentation.
  • 2021: Society for Social Medicine & Population Health Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting. Socioeconomic disadvantage and ethnicity are associated with large differences in cognitive abilities that underlie children's educational outcomes: analysis of a prospective birth cohort study. Oral presentation.
  • 2021: Association for Psychological Science Virtual Convention. The Association between Socioeconomic Position and Working Memory Ability Varied across Ethnic Groups: Analyses of a Longitudinal Study. Poster presentation.

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Kate Mooney
Research Associate