• 10 Inverness Campus, SRUC,


    United Kingdom

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Previous employer

Post-Doctoral research Assistant, University of Highlands & Islands, 2015 – 2018.

Research activity: Primary care evaluations; public health surveys; peer research mental health projects; community engagement, mHealth and eHealth development, self-management.

Previous employer

Project Manager & Project Lead, EU Northern Periphery Programme, O4O: Older People for Older People project.  University of the Highlands & Islands. 2008 – 2011

Research activity: project reporting and completion, coordination of transnational and local project activity, service development, community engagement, participatory action research.

Previous employer

Highland Council, Elected Member 2012-2018


Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) [Work Package Lead]: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 14/02/19 → 31/03/22

Improving the Mental Health of Farmers: Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Scotland, 1/07/20 → 30/06/22

How Farm Vets Cope [P.I.]:  ROYAL COLLEGE VETERINARY SCHOOL, 19/08/19 → 17/08/20

LymeApp: ID MAPPS Ltd., 30/07/19 → 31/05/21

RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2016-21 WP2.2 Livestock production, health, welfare and disease control

RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2016-21 WP2.3 Productive and sustainable land management


Stephen, K, Henry, MK, Baughan, J, Duncan, AJ & Bishop, HKB 2020, An exploration of how vets cope with the daily challenges of farm animal practice and how best these coping mechanisms might be developed into tools which can be easily accessed by the livestock veterinary community. Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant.

Stephen, K, Clarke, GA, Baughan, J & Gunn, GJ 2020, Exploration of linkages between human and livestock AM usage.

Stephen, K, Duncan, AJ, Henry, MK, Baughan, J & Bishop, HKB, How Farm Vets Cope, 2020, Digital or Visual Products. <http://www.howfarmvetscope.co.uk >

Various reports to Scottish Government: Stephen, K & Tongue, SC 2020, Sheep sector perspectives on surveillance; Stephen, K, Gunn, GJ & Baughan, J 2020, Views of farmers and vets: BVD; Stephen, K, Gunn, GJ & Baughan, J 2020, Views of farmers and vets: Johne’s Disease.

Stephen, K, Van Woerden, H & MacRury, S 2019, 'Assessing prevalence of urinary incontinence in Scottish fitness instructors and experience of teaching pelvic floor muscle exercises: An online survey', Journal of Public Health (UK), vol. 41, no. 1, pp. E44-E50.

Hubbard, G, Smith, A, Carolan, C & Stephen, K 2019, Evaluation of New Models of Primary Care in Scotland: Highlands and Islands Case Study. <http://www.sspc.ac.uk/media/Media_659394_smxx.pdf>

Stephen, K & Sarah Anne Munoz 2019, Final Report: O4O Older People for Older People. <https://www.northernperiphery.eu/en/projects/show/&tid=8>

Stephen, K, McCann, C, Baughan, J & Gunn, GJ 2019, Healthy livestock needs connected farmers.

McCann, C & Stephen, K 2019, 'Motivations for and experiences of disease control on Scottish beef farms', Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine : Annual Congress, 27/03/19 - 29/03/19.

MacRury, S, Stephen, K, Main, F, Gorman, J, Jones, S & Macfarlane, D 2018, 'Reducing amputations in people with diabetes (RAPID): Evaluation of a new care pathway', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 15, no. 5, 999. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15050999

Cumming, G, Luciano, JS, MacRury, S, McKendrick, D, Stephen, K & Chitty, A 2014, Health Web Science: Facilitating Health Care and Well-Being Using Examples in Urinary Incontinence, Medical Education, and Diabetes. in mHealth multidisciplinary verticals. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 628-645.

Farmer, J & Stephen, K 2012, Organisational Processes and the Policy-Practice Gap. in J Farmer, C Hill & S-A Munoz (eds), Community Co-Production; Social Enterprise in Remote and Rural Communities. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Research interests

Kate Stephen, a Behavioural Scientist at the Epidemiology Research Unit is an experienced social scientist and project manager.  She has experience in qualitative data collection methods, participatory and peer research, community development, and co-production.  At SRUC she has focussed on farmer behaviour and farmer perspectives on AMU & AMR, biosecurity, and mental health and wellbeing of farmers, crofters and veterinary surgeons in large animal practice.  She is an experienced research interviewer and collaborator in multi-disciplinary teams, a member of the SRUC Social Science Ethics Committee and a Mental Health First Aider.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Motivation and adherence to pelvic floor muscles exercises and the role of smart phone apps., University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 8 Oct 2015

PDA, Web Science, University of the Highlands and Islands

Sept 2011Dec 2011

Award Date: 23 Dec 2011

Bachelor, BSc Sustainable Rural Development, University of the Highlands and Islands

Award Date: 1 Jun 2007

PDA, HNC Heritage and Environmental Interpretation in Tourism

Award Date: 3 Jul 1995

HND, Business Studies, Heriot-Watt University

Award Date: 1 Jul 1991


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Motivation; Behaviour Change; Mental Health; Community Engagement; Participatory / Peer Research


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