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Dr Kate S Morton BSc, MSc, PhD, Stage 2 Health Psychology

Global Health Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Kate Morton is a senior research fellow based in the School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education at the University of Southampton. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating complex behaviour change interventions to support self-management of long-term health conditions, including hypertension, diabetes and HIV. She has experience in conducting qualitative literature reviews, and qualitative and mixed-methods process evaluations.

Kate has completed a PhD in Health Psychology Research and Professional Practice at the University of Southampton, and holds an MSc in Health Psychology (University of Southampton) and BSc in Psychology (University of York).

Research interests

Research interests include behaviour change interventions, global health projects, self-management, the person-based approach, and couples-focused research.

PhD research
PhD title: "Exploring and evaluating the use of digital health interventions for the management of high blood pressure"
Supervised by Dr Katherine BradburyDr Laura DennisonProfessor Lucy Yardley

Research projects:

CHERISH (Couples HEalth Research and InterventionS) programme, funded by NIHR

DIPSS (Integrating Digital Interventions into Patient Self-Management Support) programme grant, funded by NIHR

TASMIN5S (Towards An Integrated Self-Monitoring SolutIoN for Stroke/TIA), funded by the Stroke Association and British Heart Foundation

Research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Research project(s)


The DIPSS (Integrating Digital Interventions into Patient Self-Management Support) project has received funding of £2 million from the NIHR to examine patient digital self-management with healthcare professional support in primary care. Our aim is to develop digital behaviour change interventions for asthma and hypertension self-management, which will be examined in feasibility studies and full RCT (hypertension only). Issues surrounding the feasibility, acceptability, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of digital intervention delivery will be explored with patients and healthcare professionals for each condition.

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Kate teaches some skills sessions on the MSc Health Psychology course, and has co-supervised undergraduate psychology students.

Dr Kate S Morton
AB230, Level B, South Academic Block, MP801, University Hospital Southampton, Southampton SO16 6YD
+44 (0)23 8120 6538

Room Number: SGH/AB230/SAB/Level B/MP801

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