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Kathryn joined KIS in 2021. She is passionate about applied health research, mental health and the value of lived experience. She has a background in clinical medicine and worked as a GP specialist trainee until 2018. She also holds a BSc in Immunity and Infection (2008) and a PhD in microbiology (2011) from Imperial College London. Prior to joining KIS, Kathryn worked as a researcher at Solent University on a mental health and heritage project, in research communications at the McPin Foundation and as a peer support tutor at City and Hackney Recovery College. She also successfully created and launched an illustrated mental health toolkit via Kickstarter in 2021, for use by both people with lived experience of mental health issues and health professionals, as an educational, communication and therapeutic aid.