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Katie Pybus
Research Fellow



Katie completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology before training to become a registered mental health nurse. She gained experience across a range of clinical settings in both Yorkshire and London before deciding to pursue a career in research.

Katie completed an ESRC funded PhD at the University of York in 2019. Her research focused on the socioeconomic context of stigma and mental illness, with particular reference to the UK social security system.

Following a period working as a government social researcher in the Department for Work and Pensions, Katie returned to the University of York as a research fellow. She has since worked on projects related to housing and mental health, food insecurity and the psychosocial impacts of income inequality.

Katie began a Centre for Future Health fellowship in May 2020, jointly funded by the University of York and The Wellcome Trust, titled: personality disorder, socioeconomic factors and psychiatric hospital admissions: assessing the evidence.


  • PhD Health Sciences, University of York
  • MSc Social Change, University of Manchester
  • Accelerated Diploma in Mental Health Nursing, King’s College London
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Lancaster University

Departmental roles

  • Deputy chair of Athena Swan Committee



Katie's research interests include: the socioeconomic context of mental health and stigma; mental health and social security; structural forms of stigma; public attitudes towards mental illness and experiences of stigma; social contact as a stigma reduction initiative.  

Research group(s)


Full publications list

External activities


Invited talks and conferences

  • 2019: Linking Leeds seminar, Department for Work and Pensions (invited speaker). Extending the parity of esteem agenda: mental illness and stigma from a socioeconomic perspective.
  • 2019: 'It can happen to anybody' conference, Leeds (invited speaker): A world free of stigma and discrimination.
  • 2018: Society for Social Medicine conference, Glasgow: Can you turn on a light switch? Exploring whether changes to disability-related welfare payments in the UK disadvantage claimants with a mental illness. Oral presentation.
  • 2018: British Sociological Association Annual Conference. “There’s nothing wrong with you, you’ll be alright”: Perceptions of being unable to work due to mental ill health in the context of UK welfare reform. Oral presentation.
  • 2017: Society for Social Medicine conference, Manchester “Unseen Injuries”: Invisibility and Mental Illness in the English Welfare System. Poster presentation.
  • 2015: Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference, Nottingham. Time to Change? An exploration of attitudes towards mental illness and social contact. Oral presentation


Media coverage



  • 2018-present: Nursing and Midwifery, University of York: various (public health, mental health)
  • 2016-2018: Sociology, University of York: Cultivating a Sociological Imagination module

Contact details

Dr Katie Pybus
Research Fellow