Professor Katherine Brown
Katherine is Professor of Health Psychology Applied to Public Health and leads the Health Behaviour and Interventions Research team at the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science at Coventry University. She is a Chartered Psychologist, a full member of the DHP and a Registered Health Psychologist (HCPC). Katherine has held a joint post with Public Health Warwickshire since 2011; has close working relationships with a number of public health departments in the Midlands region and has an honorary contract with Public Health England. Katherine's work has focussed around the development and evaluation of interventions targeted at preventive health behaviours. Her research began in the field of sexual health but has broadened to also include research focussed on addressing the challenges of obesity, smoking cessation and low rates of breastfeeding. She has published widely in journals spanning the disciplines of public health, medicine and psychology and has won funding in excess of £4 million from a range of sources including research councils (British Academy and Medical Research Council), the National Institute for Health Research, the European Commission, the NHS, local government and commercial sources. Katherine has contributed to a number of national strategies including the sexual health care pathway for school nursing, the female genital mutilation (FGM) care pathway for the Department of Health and is currently contributing to the Social and Behavioural Sciences Strategy with Public Health England. Katherine has recently taken on the role of Editor for the Health Psychology in Public Health Network's members' publication, and in doing so has joined a committee with aligned ambitions – to mobilise the evidence base from Health Psychology into public health commissioning and practice.