Dr Kathryn Berzins


Kathryn is a Senior 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 as a research associate at the University of Glasgow between 2000-2006 in the Nuffield Centre for Community Care Studies and then the department of Public Health and Health Policy. She was then employed by the University of Manchester, initially as a research associate 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 has spent recent years completing 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, raising concerns in services, safe staffing and incident reporting. Kathryn is currently working on an NIHR funded study developing a real-time measure of safety for mental health wards using service user generated data (#WardSonar) and a realist evidence synthesis (MH-Crest) to understand what works for whom and in what circumstances in community mental health crisis services. She is also working on a project to identify best practice in recruiting and involving caregivers in mental health to research and a study of core outcomes used in research to reduce restrictive practices. She has recently finished working on two NIHR funded studies establishing components of programmes to reduce restrictive practices with adults (Compare) and children and young people (Contrast).

Kathryn is currently supervising three PhD students and would welcome enquiries from students, clinicians or researchers wishing to develop research in any of her areas of interest.

Research groups and institutes

  • Mental health (Healthcare)