Kate joined the University of Stirling in 2018 as Professor in Behavioural Sciences and Health, in the Institute for Social Marketing. Before moving to Stirling, she worked for many years in the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow. Kate graduated in Human Sciences at the University of Oxford and has maintained a multi-disciplinary focus throughout her working life. She gained her Masters from the University of Oxford (Use and Effects of hormone replacement therapy), and her PhD from the University of Glasgow (Gender and Health). She has a longstanding interest in inequalities in health and in Gender and Health (moving from an early interest in women’s health to a focus on men, masculinities and health). In recent years, her research has focused on the development and evaluation of public health interventions and policy. Much of her research in recent years has focussed on culturally-sensitised interventions delivered through professional sports clubs to attract and engage people in long-term positive behaviour change, and on the health of people living and working in prisons.
Kate has served on several UK funding boards, including MRC Population and Systems Medicine Board, NIHR Public Health Research funding board, and MRC Population Health Intervention Development Scheme, and was a Trustee for the Foundation for Medical Sociology. She is President of the UK Society for Social Medicine and Population Health from January 2020.
Kate is an Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow, and Curtin University, Australia.