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Kate Byrnes

Postgraduate Associate

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Kate joined the University in January 2021, as a Senior Research Assistant, working on the SafeST research study within the Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing department. The SafeST study, ran by CI Dr Jason Scott, is aiming to develop a better understanding of incident reporting in care homes and specifically in transitions in care between hospital and care home organisations. 

Kate Byrnes


  • Health Studies MSc October 04 2016
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) September 01 2015
  • Health PhD

Further Information

Kate is also finishing off her PhD in Public Health at Teesside University. Her PhD is focusing on why women with a learning disability are less likely, than women without a learning disability, to attend cervical and breast cancer screening. Kate has used Q methodology to engage with women with a learning disability, family carer and paid carers to understand their attitudes, opinions and experiences. Kate is due to complete her PhD in the summer of 2021.  

Kate has a BSc (Hons) and MSc in Psychology, and is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Kate has a diverse range of research interests covering the public health domain. Specifically, Kate research interests are in health inequalities, learning disabilities, avoidable and preventable deaths, health systems and service provision.    

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