- Associate Director (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit)
University of Glasgow
200 Renfield St
Kate is Associate Director at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences and head of the Unit’s programme of research on Gender and Health, reflecting a longstanding interest in how social constructions of gender impact on men’s and women’s risk and experiences of morbidity, and how it may impact health damaging or health protective behaviours (including help-seeking behaviours). Her research in this area has an explicitly gender comparative approach. Recent projects include: the evaluation of a gender sensitised weight management programme for overweight and obese men delivered by community coaches at Scotland’s leading professional football clubs (the award-winning Football Fans in Training programme); systematic comparisons of men’s and women’s use of primary health care services, utilising both routinely collected primary care data and qualitative data; examinations of media presentations of aspects of health and illness, and of images of smoking and drinking in popular films on young people’s uptake of these behaviours.
Kate obtained her M.A. in Human Sciences from Oxford University and an MSc reporting research on the long-term effects of hormone replacement therapy from the Faculty of Clinical Medicine at Oxford University. She obtained her PhD from Glasgow University. Between 2005 and 2010 Kate was seconded part-time as a Professorial Fellow to the Alliance for Self-Care Research, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Stirling, and in 2013 had a secondment to Oxford University with the Health Experiences Research Group. She was the post-graduate convenor for the SPHSU from 1996-2011.
Kate is a member of the MRC’s Population Health Sciences Group, UK Biobank’s Ethics and Governance Council, Department of Health’s JVCI Sub-committee on adolescent vaccine, Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme (PRP) Commissioning Panel, and National Institute of Health Research’s Public Health Research Funding Board and is Chair of the Advisory Group for the Health Experiences Research Group at Oxford University. Kate was first appointed an Honorary Professor in the Division of Community Based Sciences at the University of Glasgow in 2006.