Katie Pybus
PhD Student



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


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

Departmental roles

  • Department of Health Sciences student representative
  • Member of the Health Sciences Research Governance Committee



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.  

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Invited talks and conferences

  • 2018: (upcoming) 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.
  • 2017: Interdisciplinary Social Research Conference, York. When the interview ends: Exploring the clinician-researcher experience in interdisciplinary mental health research. Oral 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
  • 2015: Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference: presentation of MSc findings, 2015




  • 2016 to present: Graduate Teaching Assistant on the Cultivating a Sociological Imagination module, Department of Sociology, University of York


Contact details

Katie Pybus
PhD Student