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Katie Richards is a research assistant working in King’s Improvement Science (KIS) at the Centre of Implementation Science, King’s College London. Her role involves conducting mixed-methods improvement and implementation research projects across King’s Health Partner organisations. She started her research assistant post at KIS in 2022 following the completion of her PhD.

Katie completed her PhD at King’s College London between 2019 and 2022. Her PhD involved evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of an early intervention service for eating disorders as it was scaled to eating disorder services across the UK. She used a mixed method approach to evaluate implementation processes and outcomes.

Before her PhD, Katie was a research assistant for the NHS Research Scotland Mental Health Network. In this post, she worked across a portfolio of mental health studies, including evaluating risk and resilience for psychosis, a nursing intervention for epilepsy and intellectual disabilities, and investigating visual processing in neurodevelopmental disorders. Alongside her research assistant post, she completed a part time master’s in human cognitive neuropsychology at the University of Edinburgh. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology with Clinical Psychology from University of Kent.

Research Interests

  • Improvement and implementation science
  • Mixed methods research
  • Eating disorders
  • Mental health research