Dr Katherine Easton, BSc (Hons), MRes, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Research Associate / Research Scientist
Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 0690
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Katherine_Easton
I am a health services researcher (13 years) and a chartered psychologist. I have been a member of The University of Sheffield since 2011, working within the School of Health and Related Research and I currently work within the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) as a Translational Research Scientist. My role within CATCH is to take forward research into the application of digital technology to support mental healthcare. This work is funded by the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research (CLAHRC). I specialise in facilitating and develop collaborations with industrial partners and research into the co-design, user-testing, realistically evaluation and implementation of technology supported health and social care services. I collaborate widely across the University and with charity and NHS organisations nationally.
Previous to joining the University of Sheffield I worked as a researcher in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Manchester, where I also completed an MRC/ESRC funded doctorate exploring anxiety in individuals with a diagnosis of heart failure. I gained my BSc (Hons) and Masters of Research, both in Psychology at Manchester University in 2003 and 2004 respectively.
My research interests lie in addressing health inequalities for vulnerable groups, particularly those with mental health needs, the elderly and individuals with long term conditions, with a focus on the psychosocial barriers and benefits of innovative digital technologies. In 2017 I was awarded the Faculty Early Career Researcher Prize for Research.
Currently I am working on projects that involve the use of artificially intelligent virtual agents to support older adults with LTCs to optimally self-manage (Avachat NIHR YH CLAHRC). In the past year I have been exploring adverse events and benefits of using online peer support to improve mental health in collaboration with National Mind, and co-designing and developing an electronic platform to support university students with emotional resilience in collaboration with the University counselling service. I am a partner in a recent James Lind Alliance Priority Setting partnership on Digital Technology and Mental Health, led by NIHR Mental Health Medtech cooperative, Nottingham.
I lead a number of consultancy projects and translational research projects with industry/third sector, including the co-design and develop of a digital application to support engagement in cognitive analytic therapy, the evaluation of the Sheffield Online Mental Health guide and a £876k SBRI funded phase 2 project in the area of falls prevention and protection.
I am currently the deputy module leader for HAR680 Contemporary Health Psychology and Behaviour Change module in the Master in Public Health. I have supervised numerous Masters Dissertations and directed a Masters module in telehealth. I teach and facilitate at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the following areas:
I enjoy group work, blended learning and distance learning. I also have experience at delivering educational sessions to lay groups, service-users and patients/public.
Roles within the University and externally
Throughout my research career I have worked with charity and NHS organisations to support people to maintain and improve their mental health. These organisations include: Sheffield Flourish, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust, Sheffield Breath easy BLF group, National Mind, the Hearing Voices Network Manchester branch, Anxiety UK, Sheffield MIND, and Sheffield 50 Plus.
Currently I am funded by the YH CLAHRC (NIHR) to develop research into the use of digital technology supported mental healthcare. I work across the university and externally to develop and deliver a number of projects in this area. I am passionate about knowledge transfer and engaging the public in the research that I conduct to improve the quality and reach of that work.
Grant Capture and projects
- Easton K, Potter S, Bec R, Bennion M, Christensen H, Grindell C, Mirheidari B, Weich S, de Witte L, Wolstenholme D & Hawley M (2019) Co-designing and testing the acceptability of a virtual agent to support self-management for individuals living with physical and mental comorbidities. Journal of Medical Internet Research. View this article in WRRO
- Fisher K & Easton K (2019) The meaning and value of digital technology adoption for older adults with sight loss: A mixed methods study. Technology and Disability, 30(4), 177-184.
- Hollis C, Sampson S, Simons L, Davies EB, Churchill R, Betton V, Butlera D, Chapman K, Easton KA, Gronlund TA , Kabir T et al (2018) Identifying research priorities for digital technology in mental health care: results of the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership. Lancet Psychiatry, 5(10), 845-854. View this article in WRRO
- McMillan B, Easton K, Goyder E, Delaney B, Madhuvrata P, Abdelgalil R & Mitchell C (2018) Reducing risk of type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes: a qualitative study to explore the potential of technology in primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 68(669), e260-e267. View this article in WRRO
- Easton KA, Diggle J, Ruethi-Davis M, Holmes M, Byron-Parker D, Nuttall J & Blackmore C (2017) Qualitative Exploration of the Potential for Adverse Events When Using an Online Peer Support Network for Mental Health: Cross-Sectional Survey. Journal of Medical Internet Research Mental Health, 4(4). View this article in WRRO
- McMillan B, Abdelgalil R, Madhurvata P, Easton K & Mitchell C (2016) Reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus in primary care after gestational diabetes: a role for mobile technology to improve current care. British Journal of General Practice, 66(653), 631-632. View this article in WRRO
- Easton KA, Coventry P, Lovell K, Carter AM & Deaton C (2015) Prevalence and Measurement of Anxiety in Samples of Patients With Heart Failure: Meta-analysis. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing., 31(4), 367-379. View this article in WRRO
- Easton K & Mawson S (2013) The Regional ICT based Clusters for Healthcare Applications and R&D Integration (RICHARD) Project. International Journal of Integrated Care, 13(7).
- Bee PE, Lovell K, Lidbetter N, Easton K & Gask L (2010) You can’t get anything perfect: “User perspectives on the delivery of cognitive behavioural therapy by telephone”. Social Science & Medicine, 71(7), 1308-1315.
- Pryjmachuk S, Easton K & Littlewood A (2009) Nurse education: factors associated with attrition. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(1), 149-160. View this article in WRRO
- Baker JA, Lovell K, Easton K & Harris N (2006) Service users’ experiences of ‘as needed’ psychotropic medications in acute mental healthcare settings. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 56(4), 354-362. View this article in WRRO
Conference proceedings papers
- Easton K, Burton T, Ariss S, Bradburn M & Hawley M (2017) Smart Clothing for Falls Protection and Detection: User-Centred Co-Design and Feasibility Study.. Assistive technology research series, Vol. 242 (pp 152-159) View this article in WRRO
- McMillan B, Easton K, Delaney B, Madhurvata P, Abdelgalil R & Mitchell C (2017) Women’s views on the potential role of mobile technology in a primary care intervention aimed at reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes amongst women recently diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.. Society for Academic Primary Care National Conference Programme, 12 July 2017 - 14 July 2017.
- McMillan B, Easton K, Delaney B & Mitchell C (2016) Fitness bands and Facebook TM : can we reduce incident diabetes in high risk postnatal women?. RCGP Conference Book, 5 October 2016 - 7 October 2016.
- Easton KA, Lovell K, Coventry P & Deaton C (2013) Emotional symptoms determine patient reported health related quality of life to the same extent as physical symptoms in patients with a diagnosis of heart failure.. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Vol. 13(1) (pp p203-p203), 2013. View this article in WRRO
- Easton KA & Mawson S (2013) RICHARD Project: Regional ICT based Clusters for Healthcare Applications and R&D Integration.. International Journal of Integrated care, Vol. 13(3rd International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare), 1 July 2013 - 3 July 2013. View this article in WRRO
- McMillan B, Easton K, Delaney B & Mitchell C () Reducing the risk of progression from Gestational Diabetes to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: women’s perspectives on the content, research development and evaluation of a mobile health technology lifestyle intervention to support postnatal dietary and activity lifestyle change