Dr Kathryn Berzins


 Kathryn is a Research Fellow in mental health. After degrees in Psychology and Community Care she completed a PhD in Public Health at the University of Glasgow with a study of the introduction of the 'Named Person' into Scottish mental health legislation. Kathryn worked at the University of Glasgow between 2000-2006 in the Nuffield Centre for Community Care Studies and Public Health and Health Policy. She was then employed by the University of Manchester, initially in the Personal Social Services Research Unit and latterly as an NIHR Programme Grant Manager in the School of Nursing, before moving to the University of Leeds in 2015.

Kathryn is a mixed methods researcher with extensive experience conducting literature reviews, surveys, interviews and focus groups. She is currently developing a range of studies investigating safety issues for both service users and professionals in mental health care, in both hospital and community settings. She is particularly interested in the use of restrictive practices, service user and carers experiences of care and treatment (particularly that carried out under the Mental Health Act), and criminal behaviour in hospital settings.  Kathryn is currently supervising two PhD students and would welcome enquiries from students, clinicians or researchers wishing to develop research in any of her areas of interest.Staff profile for Kathryn Berzins, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds.

Research groups and institutes

  • Mental health (Healthcare)