Katie is currently in the final year of her Psychology and Sociology degree at Keele University. She has a keen interest in health psychology. In 2011 Katie was awarded a BPS research assistantship award which confirmed her interest in a career in psychological research.
She is currently finishing writing her dissertation. This is an ambitious project looking to explore young people’s mental health issues from the perspectives of young people themselves. The aim was to gain a user-led understanding of the issues affecting young people using cameras as a research tool to engage and empower. The project has been a great success. Katie’s research poster won the School of Psychology award for best project poster in the category of health and wellbeing. A local event was also organised, showcasing the project to an audience of local health professionals. Katie was also pleased to have the opportunity to present this research at the BPS Undergraduate Conference in Glasgow in March 2012.
The research was run in collaboration with Changes Young People – a free and confidential local service for young people experiencing any degree of mental distress. Katie has worked as a volunteer for Changes Young People for the last two years and gained experience running wellbeing workshops and co-ordinating a weekly mutual support group. Katie is passionate about working with young people and in mental health and is looking forward to working in schools collecting data for the humour and bullying project.