Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Katherine Jackson

Research Associate



Kat is a Research Associate in the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University.


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

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

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

2003 - 2005 Research Executive - QA Research, York


2018 PhD Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University 

Title - 'Not letting go' - A qualitative exploration of women's everyday alcohol use in relation to stress

2002 MA (hons) Social Research, Leeds University 

2000 BA (hons) Sociology, The University of York


British Sociological Association


Research Interests

My research interests include:

Sociological and feminist approaches to care

Alcohol and substance use

Women's Health

Public health interventions

Health inequalities

Qualitative methodology

Current Work

Kat is currently a Researcher on the SILVER Study, funded by Connected Health Cities. This study is exploring how health data can be shared with social care to support families with children who are involved with multiple services.  

Previous Work

Between 2016 and 2017 Kat was Project Coordinator for the study 'Perinatal Mental Health in Rural North Yorkshire - assessing the needs and experiences of mothers and service providers'.

In 2010 Kat was awarded an NIHR Training Fellowship to undertake a PhD part time (2010 - 2016). The study was a sociological exploration of women, alcohol and stress. The project used qualitative methods to explore 'women's alcohol use in relation to stress'. The study made inferences about intervention approaches to alcohol harm reduction for women that are appropriate and relevant to women's lives.

Prior to the PhD Kat 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). Kat 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

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