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Dr Katie Hackett

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy/Clinical Academic Occupational Therapy

Department: Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

My research is focused around the development and evaluation of complex interventions in chronic disease. I use a variety of research methods; qualitative, quantitative, systematic reviews  and mixed methods, such as group concept mapping. I have a particular interest in fatigue and autoimmune disease.

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PhD, MSc Health and Social Care: Research Methods, BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Fatigue
  • Complex intervention development
  • eHealth
  • Group concept mapping

Current and Recent Projects

  • Generation of a high quality NIHR application: Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust NIHR Research Capability Funding, 2017-18. Principal Investigator.
  • Developing a treatment package to improve the daily lives of people with Sjogren’s syndrome, Arthritis Research UK, 2013-2017. Principal Investigator.
  • Developing a service-user informed occupational therapy intervention to facilitate meaningful occupation for people with primary Sjögren’s syndrome in the NHS, the United Kingdom Occupational Therapy Research Foundation, 2014-2017. Principal Investigator.
  • The practical management of fatigue by people with arthritis: the impact of Arthritis Research UK written information, Arthritis Research UK, 2014-15. Co-Investigator.
  • Evaluating and enhancing a novel fatigue clinic, College of Occupational Therapists Innovation Award, 2014-15. Principal Investigator
  • Functional Impairment and Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome: Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust NIHR Research Capability Funding, 2011-12. Principal Investigator.

Key Publications and Outputs

Hackett, K.L., Deane, K.H., Newton, J.L., Deary, V., Bowman, S., Rapley, T., Ng, W.F. (2018) ‘Identifying priority intervention targets to improve function and participation in primary Sjögren’s syndrome patients: A group concept mapping study’, Arthritis Care and Research (epub ahead of print).


Hackett, K.L., Deary, V., Deane, K.H., Newton, J.L., Ng, W.F., Rapley, T. (2018) ‘Experience of sleep disruption in primary Sjögren’s syndrome: A qualitative focus group study’. British Journal of Occupational Therapy.


Price, E., Rauz, S., Sutcliffe, N., Hackett, K.L., Barone, F., Granata, G., Ng, W-F., Fisher, B.A., Bowman, S., on behalf of the BSR and NHPR Standards, Guideline and Audit Working Group ‘BSR and BHPR Guideline for the Management of Adults with Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome’ (2017) Rheumatology (Oxford) 56(10) e24-e48. doi:10.1093/rheumatology/kex166


Hackett, K.L., Gotts, Z., Ellis, J., Deary V., Rapley, T., Ng W-F., Newton, J.L., Deane, K.H.O. (2017) ‘An investigation into the prevalence of sleep disturbances in primary Sjögren’s syndrome: A systematic review of the literature’ Rheumatology (Oxford) 56 (4) 570-580.


Hackett, K.L., Lambson, R.L., Strassheim, V., Gotts, Z., Deary, V. and Newton, J.L. (2016) 'A concept mapping study evaluating the UK's first NHS generic fatigue clinic', Health Expectations, 19(5) 1138-1149.


Hackett, K.L., Deane, K.H., Strassheim, V., Deary, V., Rapley, T., Newton, J.L. and Ng, W.F. (2015) 'A systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions for primary Sjögren's syndrome', Rheumatology (Oxford), 54(11) 2025-2032. 

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Sponsors and Collaborators

  • The Newcastle Fatigue Research Group, Newcastle University.
  • United Kingdom Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome Registry, Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust.

Professional Activity

  • Clinical academic Occupational Therapist, CRESTA Fatigue Clinic – Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust
  • Arthritis Research UK Fellowship Expert Group member (2017-present)
  • British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR) Council Member (Deputy Conference Officer) (2017-present)
  • British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) Heberden Committee (Co-opted BHPR Representative) (2017-present)
  • Member of the BSR Sjögren’s Syndrome Special Interest Group
  • Member of the Nurse, Midwifes and Allied Health Professional (NMAHP) Operational Senior Research Leadership Group, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust (2015-present)
  • National Executive Committee member of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Subsection Rheumatology: Research and Development Lead (2015-2017)
  • Sub-editor for Journal of Rheumatology Occupational Therapy (2015-2017)
  • Member of the BSR/BHPR Guideline and Audit Working Group for the management of adults with primary Sjögren’s syndrome (non-pharmacological lead) (2015-2017)

PGR Supervision

PhD students:

  • Helen Cartner – Northumbria University

Masters students:

  • Deborah Webster – Newcastle University


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