Katie is a Research Fellow in the Pain Lab at The University of Southampton. She is currently working on the BEACON study - a multisite research study funded by Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity to develop a validated tool to assess breakthrough pain in children. She previously worked on the PARAMOUNT study, which explored the barriers and facilitators to paediatric pain management at end-of-life and developed an in-depth tool (eBook) to support family caregivers to manage pain.
Katie has conducted quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research with children and young people, parents and healthcare professionals. She has previously worked as a medical writer for a large agency. She has also worked for NHS England in Patient and Public Engagement.
She completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham, which focused on the development of multisensory integration in autism spectrum disorders.
- Paediatric palliative care
- Paediatric pain management
- Health psychology
- Developmental Psychology
Katie is currently a Research Fellow on the BEACON study - a multisite research study funded by Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.
The study aims to develop a validated tool to assess breakthrough pain in children. This will involve working with national and international pain experts, conducting qualitative interview and cognitive interview studies with parents, children and young people, and healthcare professionals; systematic reviews of the literature, and psychometric testing of the final assessment tool.
The final tool will be used by families and professionals in sites that have participated in the study. The aim of the tool is to improve control of breakthrough pain, which may increase patient and caregiver wellbeing and potentially lead to fewer hospital admissions.
Katie currently supervises a student on the Masters in Health Psychology course and gives lectures on the Psychosocial aspects of illness and disability Module for this course.