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Kate M Bennett
Professor Kate M Bennett
Professor of Psychology & Director of Education Development and Innovation, Institute of Population Health
Department of Psychology
University of Liverpool
Eleanor Rathbone Building
Bedford Street South
Telephone: 0151 794 2957
Fax: 0151 794 2945
1983-1986: BSc (Hons) Psychology (II:i), University of Leicester.
1987-1993: PhD in Psychology (part-time), University of Nottingham: Thesis Title: The role of Attribution in weight anxiety and eating disorders in women.
2010: Health Professions Council Practitioner Psychologist (Health Psychology).
From Autumn 2018:
Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Liverpool.
From May 2020:
Director of Education Development and Innovation, Institute of Population Health, University of Liverpool.
1989-1990: Research Assistant, ARU, Dept of Psychology, University of Nottingham.
1990: Research Assistant, District Psychology Service, Central Notts Health Authority.
1991-1992: Research Fellow, NLSAA, Dept of Health Care of the Elderly, University of Nottingham Medical School.
1992-1993: Research Officer, Health Services Research Unit, Dept of Psychology, UCNW, Bangor.
1993-1996: Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Human Communication, De Montfort University.
1996-1999: Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Human Communication, De Montfort University.
1999-2004: Lecturer in Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Liverpool.
2004-2011: Senior Lecturer in School of Psychology, University of Liverpool.
2011-2016: Reader in Psychology in Dept of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool.
2016-2020: Head of School of Psychology, University of Liverpool.
PRIZES AND AWARDS
2020: Award Winner: Greatest contribution to student experience (Team Lead). University of Liverpool Staff Awards.
2018: Personal Chair.
2018: Nominated for Inspirational Leader of the Year Award, University of Liverpool.
2017: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
2012: Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.
2003-2005: Leverhulme Fellow.
2020: "Covid-Liv Cohort Study: The Psychological and social impact of Covid 19" (Joint PI). NIHR HPRU. £33,500.
2020-2021: "A longitudinal mixed-methods population study of the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic: Psychological and social adjustment to global threat". CI: Qualitative Lead (£3.77k), in collaboration with colleagues from Universities of Sheffield and Ulster. ESRC.
2015-2019: "Alzheimer's Society Doctoral Training College", in collaboration with Universities of Cambridge, Exeter, Swansea, Newcastle, UEA. (CI). £450k.
2015-18: "SF12: Relationships in Later Life". Swiss Science Foundation, International Collaborator (£1.292m).
2013-2014: "N8 Innovation Stage 2 Funding: Virtuous Cycles of Wellbeing", in collaboration with Universities of Leeds and Lancaster along with industrial partners (CI). £35K.
2013-2013: "N8 Innovation Stage 1 Funding: Extending Working Lives", in collaboration with Universities of York and Newcastle along with industrial partners (PI). £10K
2013-2013: "N8 Innovation Stage 1 Funding: Virtuous Cycles of Wellbeing", in collaboration with Universities of Leeds and Lancaster along with industrial partners (CI). £10K.
2012: "Promoting Vitamin D in the Somali Community". £3.5k University of Liverpool with support from Liverpool PCT.
2011-2012."Breastfeeding peer-support programme evaluation". £5k. Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PI).
2011. "Exploring Vitamin D Deficiency in Pregnant Women and Infants from BME communities: A service evaluation." KE Voucher with University of Liverpool and Liverpool PCT.
2010-2015. "Maintaining function and well-being in later life: A longitudinal cohort study". £3.77m. Funded by the ESRC/HEFECW. To examine longitudinal cognitive function in later life.
With colleagues in Bangor, Swansea and Cambridge, and Liverpool.
2010-2011."Breastfeeding peer-support programme evaluation". £5k. Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PI).
2009-2010. "Resilience Network (ResNet). £40000. Funded by the MRC to explore resilience across the lifespan. Along with colleagues in Bangor, Essex, UCL, Swansea, Liverpool. Resilience Network.
2005-2006. "An Investigation of the Causes of Educational Underachievement in Girls at Key Stage 4". Local authority funding. In collaboration with Stephanie Petrie, School of Sociology and Social Policy.
2003-2005. "Marital Status and Gender as Predictors of Health and Psychological Wellbeing in Later Life". Leverhulme Fellowship.
2002-2003. "Nutrition of Men Living Alone". Grant from the Institute of Human Ageing. In collaboration wth Professor Marion Hetherington (Psychology) and Dr Brian Merry (School of Biological Sciences).
2000-2002. "Older Widow(er)s: Bereavement and Gender Effects on lifestyle and Participation". Funded by ESRC Growing Older Programme award.
ncollaboration with Professor Philip Smith, University of Reading.
Earlier Research Experience
1987-1993. PhD: The role of Attribution in Weight Anxiety and Eating Disorders in Women (University of Nottingham).
1989-1990. Identification of Hazards (University of Nottingham).
1990-1990. Evaluation of Community Care for People with Long-Term Psychiatric Problems (two projects: Central Notts HA; UCNW).
1991-1992. Nottingham Longitudinal Study of Activity and Ageing (NLSAA) (University of Nottingham).
1993-1996. Self-esteem, attributions and weight anxiety in women. Funded by De Montfort University.
1996-1999. Widowhood and marital status in later life. Funded by De Montfort University.
Membership of Professional Bodies and Learned Societies
HCPC Practitioner Psychologist
BPS, Chartered Health Psychologist.
BPS, Associate Fellow.
BPS, Psychology of Women Section.
BPS, Psychology of Women Section, Treasurer 1991-1994.
BPS, Division of Health Psychology.
BPS, Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology.
Treasurer Elect, Treasurer and Past Treasurer of the British Society of Gerontology (2008 -2014).
Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America
Link to full list of publications.