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Kate Mooney
Research Associate and PhD Student



Kate is a Research Associate and PhD student in the department. Kate has a background in Psychology, and an MSc in Child Development. Prior to starting her PhD, she gained experience working part-time as a Research Assistant for the Born in Bradford study and as a Trial Support Officer for the  E-SEE trial.

Kate is currently a part-time 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 is also in the final year of her PhD, which is investigating and ethnic inequalities in children's working memory development in the Born in Bradford cohort study.


  • BSc (Industrial) Psychology
  • MSc Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice
  • MA Social Research



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 and PhD Student