About me

Welcome. I’m Katie. This is the home of my blogs (and some other information about me and my interests). I blog about writing (especially qualitative psychology), academia, research and my thoughts on current affairs as a community psychologist.

I’m a social, health and community psychologist working in the scholar-activist tradition. In other words, the world is my psychology lab and in my research, I always strive to work with people (rather than study them) to facilitate positive change for individuals, communities and society.

I quit a job in a pub to go to university as a mature student, the first in my family to go into further or higher education. I was awarded my PhD in 2017 and I currently work as a lecturer in psychology at Keele University, a beautiful leafy campus in the UK.

All of my research focuses on the promotion of health, wellbeing and social inclusion among marginalised groups. I use critical social psychological theories and qualitative methods to understand and address health and social inequalities. I adopt a critical stance in my work in alignment with the scholar-activist tradition.

All of my research falls under one or more of the following themes:

  1. community-led social change
  2. health promotion
  3. oppression, resistance and social representations

Specifically, I have experience in bisexuality and non-binary sexualities, working-class identities and ageing and an interest in all marginalised groups.

I welcome contact from community groups, scholar-activists, campaigners and academics interested in collaborating as well as those looking to complete an MSc or PhD.

This site is unconnected to my role at Keele University and the views presented here in no way reflect those of my employer.