Institute of Cellular Medicine

Staff Profile

Dr Katie Hackett

Clinical Academic Occupational Therapist


Clinical Academic Occupational Therapist, Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust


PhD, Newcastle University, MSc Research Methods (Distinction), Northumbria University, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Coventry University


College of Occupational Therapy

College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section: Rheumatology

British Health Professionals in Rheumatology

Honours and Awards

Arthritis Research UK Foundation Fellowship (2018-21)

Newcastle University University European Institute of Innovation & Technology Scholarship (2017)

Bright Ideas in Health Award, CRESTA Fatigue Team (Team award) (2015)

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust - National Recognition Award (2015)

Research Career Development Award - United Kingdom Occupational Therapy Research Foundation (2014)

Innovation Award - College of Occupational Therapists (2014)

Arthritis Research UK Nurse and AHP PhD Training Fellowship (2013-17)

Arthritis Research UK/British Health Professionals in Rheumatology Silver Medal for Excellence in                                                                      Musculoskeletal Medicine - Occupational Therapy Category (2012)

Arthritis Research UK Postgraduate Training Bursary (2006-9)

External Roles:

Occupational Therapist, CRESTA Fatigue Clinic, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Subsection Rheumatology National Executive Committee (R&D Lead)

British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR) Co-opted Council Member (Deputy Conference Officer)

Arthritis Research UK - Fellowship Expert Committee


Research Interests

My research is focussed on developing service user informed, evidence based, non-pharmacological interventions for people with long-term conditions in order to improve participation in every day activities.

I have a particular interest in developing ehealth/mhealth self-management interventions to support patients manage their symptoms.

I am interested in Sjogren's syndrome and how symptoms of this disease including pain and fatigue impact on people's quality of life and ability to participate in everyday life including work, leisure, domestic and personal activities.

I use group concept mapping methodology (Kane and Trochim) a mixed methods approach for planning and evaluation. I have used this approach in both NHS service evaluations and planning and to inform the development of complex self-management interventions.

I am a member of the Newcastle University's Fatigue Interest Group and a member of the Newcastle Sjogren's syndrome research group.


Guest lecturer MSc Health Psychology course Northumbria University

Co-supervisor for MRes project

Supervisor for NIHR Internship programme