Katie completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology before training to become a registered mental health nurse in 2010. She has since worked across a range of clinical settings in both Yorkshire and London.
Whilst working as a nurse, Katie developed an interest in the social factors related to mental health and inequalities, leading her to complete an MSc in Social Change in 2014. Her dissertation used quantitative methods to explore public attitudes towards mental illness and the role of social contact as a stigma reduction initiative.
Katie started an ESRC funded PhD at the University of York in October 2015. Her research focusses on mental illness and stigma in the context of welfare reform.
Katie is a Scientific committee member for the Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference 2018 and City Coordinator for the Pint of Science festival (York) www.pintofscience.co.uk
Katie's research interests include: the social context of mental health and inequalities; structural forms of stigma; mental health and welfare reform; public attitudes towards mental illness and experiences of stigma, social contact as a stigma reduction initiative.