My background is in social care and social work. I completed an MA in Sociology at the University of Glasgow and subsequently the Master of Social Work at Durham University. I was then employed as a social worker in a community learning disability team, and subsequently a hospital discharge team. I left frontline practice in 2013 to undertake a PhD at Durham University. My research focused on spatial inequalities in mental health in a period of austerity, and the impact of austerity on people with mental health problems. I was awarded my doctorate in January 2017 and moved up to Stirling University to take up a research post on the Life through a Lens project - this uses participatory methods to explore the role of non-pharmacological interventions in supporting people who have learning disabilities and dementia.
My interests broadly include social care and social policy, learning disability and dementia, health inequalities, austerity and welfare reform, and critical mental health .
I am a Research Fellow on the Life through a Lens participatory action research project. I am also currently involved in the Life Stories Project; this is an evaluation of a life story project with people with Down's Syndrome and their families.
Mattheys K, Warren J & Bambra C (2018) "Treading in sand": A qualitative study of the impact of austerity on inequalities in mental health. Social Policy and Administration, 52 (7), pp. 1275-1289. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12348
Akhter N, Bambra C, Mattheys K, Warren J & Kasim A (2018) Inequalities in mental health and well-being in a time of austerity: Follow-up findings from the Stockton-on-Tees cohort study. SSM - Population Health, 6, pp. 75-84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2018.08.004
Mattheys K, Bambra C, Warren J, Kasim A & Akhter N (2016) Inequalities in mental health and well-being in a time of austerity: Baseline findings from the Stockton-On-Tees cohort study. SSM - Population Health, 2, pp. 350-359. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.04.006
Mattheys K (2015) Austerity bites: a journey to the sharp end of the cuts in the UK (Book Review). Review of: Austerity Bites: a journey to the sharp end of cuts in the UK, Mary O’Hara,
Bristol, The Policy Press, 2014, 320 pp. ISBN 978-1-44-731560-5. Disability and Society, 30 (1), pp. 160-161. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2014.964507
Mattheys K (2015) Good times, bad times: the welfare myth of them and us (Book Review). Review of: Good times, bad times: the welfare myth of them and us, by John Hills, Bristol,
The Policy Press, 2014, 336 pp. ISBN 978-1-44-732003-6. Disability and Society, 30 (9), pp. 1450-1452. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2015.1062223