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Katherine Sabin
Katherine Sabin

Miss Katherine Sabin

PhD student


Katie is exploring experiences of psychological distress, service use and support needs of parents, following their infant’s discharge from neonatal intensive care. This mixed methods study will be supervised by Dr Fiona Challacombe, Dr Rebecca Chilvers (NICU Clinical Psychologist at St Thomas’ Hospital) and Dr Claire Wilson.

Katie first joined the Section in 2020, after being accepted onto the LISS-DTP 1+3 studentship, funded by the ESRC. Since then, she has completed the Mental Health Studies Masters at KCL and she is now entering the first year of her PhD. During her Masters Katie worked with Dr Fiona Challacombe on the Optimising psychological treatment for anxiety disorders in pregnancy: a feasibility treatment trial (ADEPT trial), exploring pregnant women’s experiences of time-intensive CBT for antenatal anxiety.

Katie's background is in psychology and she completed a BSc in Psychology at Cardiff University. During this four-year course Katie undertook a placement year in which she worked across the neonatal and cardiac unit at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. On completion of her undergraduate degree, Katie took on a research assistant role, investigating the impact of a physical health intervention on young children and their families, before working as an Assistant Psychologist in the adult cancer department at Guy’s Hospital.

Research Interests

  • Perinatal mental health
  • Parental mental health
  • Psychological interventions
  • Health psychology


  • Seminar lead for the Women’s Mental Health BSc Psychology module at KCL.

Expertise and Public Engagement

  • ESPU-SPU conference presentation discussing the impact of a physical health intervention on children and their families.