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.
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.