Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Katherine Jackson

Research Assistant



Katherine is a Research Assistant in the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University.


2003 - 2005 Research Executive - QA Research, York

2005 - 2007 Research Assistant/ Research Associate - Faculty of Health, Leeds Beckett University

2007 - 2009 Junior Research Associate - Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

2010 - 2016 NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow - Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University


2000 BA (hons) Sociology, The University of York
2002 MA Social Research, University of Leeds


British Sociological Association


Research Interests

My research interests include:

Alcohol and Substance Use

Care Practices

Women's Health

Public health interventions

Health inequalities

Qualitative methodology

Current Work

Katherine is currently Project Coordinator for the study 'Perinatal Mental Health in Rural North Yorkshire - assessing the needs and experiences of mothers and service providers'.

Previous Work

Katherine was awarded an NIHR Training Fellowship to undertake a PhD part time (2010 - 2016). The title of the PhD was 'A sociological exploration of women, alcohol and stress; towards developing a self care intervention'. The project used qualitative methods to explore 'women's alcohol use in relation to stress'. The findings of the study will be used to make inferences about intervention approaches to alcohol harm reduction, that are appropriate and relevant to women's lives.

Prior to the PhD Katherine worked as an academic researcher on the 'Screening and Intervention Programme for Sensible Drinking' (Newcastle University) and 'The Self Care for People and Self Care for Professionals Study' (Leeds Beckett University). Katherine has also worked as researcher in the private sector, research projects included evaluations of local Sure Start Programmes across England.


North Yorkshire County Council. £42,000 (2016). Lingam R, Newham J, McGovern R, Jackson K, Henderson E, Hunter, D, Kaner E, Balaam M. A Needs Assessment of Maternal Mental Health in Rural North Yorkshire.

NIHR Research Training Fellowship, £203,750 (2010). Jackson K, Finch T, Kaner E, McLaughlin J. A sociological exploration of women, alcohol and stress; towards developing a self care intervention.

Department of Health, Policy Research Programme. £28,327 (2007). Kaner E, Avery L, Brown N, Jackson K, Mason H, Newbury-Birch D. A rapid review of evidence on liver disease epidemiology, treatment and services.


Undergraduate Teaching

Katherine has been a tutor to stage 1 and stage 2 undergraduate medical students within the Medicine in the Community course.