Dr Kate Farley

Dr Kate Farley


Kate joined the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences in 2018 and is currently Programme Coordinator for FReSH START, an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research developing and trialling therapies for people with multiple repetition of self-harm .

Having gained a degree in French and History and an MSc in Social Research Methods, Kate was awarded a PhD from the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University. Her research, funded by the ESRC and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, explored trajectories of residential ethnic segregation and community cohesion in England.

Following completion of her PhD in 2009, Kate joined the University of York as part of a multidisciplinary team developing implementation strategies to increase the use of evidence based healthcare practice across Yorkshire. She continued in health services research from 2013 to 2015 leading the evaluation of an intervention to increase the use of evidence in clinical commissioning decision making. Kate moved to the School of Healthcare at University of Leeds in 2015 where she spent two years in the field of healthcare workforce development including working on an evaluation of the NHS Values Based Recruitment policy.  During this time, Kate was a member of the School of Healthcare Research Ethics Committee.

Kate has taught mixed and qualitative research methods and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

September – present:  Senior Research Fellow and Programme Coordinator, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds.  FReSH START: Function REplacement in repeated Self-Harm, Standardising Therapeutic Assessment and the Related Therapy. NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Health Research 2018-2024

Jan – August 2018:  Senior Research Fellow, Applied Health Cooperative, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds.

February 2015- December 2017:  Research Fellow, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds.  Effects of a demand-led evidence briefing service on the uptake and use of research evidence by commissioners of health services: a controlled before-and-after study, NIHR HS&DR, 2013-2015

May 2009- January 2015:  Research Fellow, Department of Health Sciences, University of York.  CLAHRC: Translating Research into Practice in Leeds and Bradford (TRiP-LaB), NIHR HTA, 2008-2013.

Research interests

Kate is an applied health researcher with a background in healthcare implementation, the use of evidence in decision making, and knowledge mobilisation. She is also interested in social prescribing, and the processes and structures of healthcare commissioning, in particular, the competing roles of research and public engagement in these processes.  She has expertise in mixed methods research and health services evaluation has a particular interest in developing multidisciplinary research.


  • PhD Sociology (Durham)
  • MSc Social Science Research Methods (Bristol)
  • BA(hons) French and History (Royal Holloway, University of London
  • PGCAP University of York

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research groups and institutes

  • Psychological and Social Medicine