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Kate Godfree
Doctoral Topic:
Obesity discrimination within the workplace
Area of Interest:
Wellbeing at work, obesity, obesity discrimination


Kate studied Psychology at the University of Durham before completing a masters in Developmental Psychopathology. She completed research examining eating attitudes, body image pathology and cultural background. After this MSc, Kate worked at an eating disorder charity organising and promoting the training for an evidence-based eating disorder prevention programme designed to help women at university establish and maintain a positive and healthy body image.

Kate also worked at a private hospital in an administrative role. During these experiences she decided she wanted to build on the health and wellbeing aspect of her previous degree specifically within the workplace, so she studied Occupational and Organisational Psychology at the University of Surrey. After completing her MSc she worked first as a research intern at Affinity Health at Work and then as a research associate. She has worked on a range of projects including an engagement project, a resilience survey which encourages respondents to reflect on their health and wellbeing, the evaluation of a previous resilience survey and developing managers to manage sustainable employee engagement, health and wellbeing. One of Kate’s goals is to have a tangible impact on health and wellbeing in the workplace using an evidence-based approach.

Doctoral Thesis

Year of Study:
Doctoral Title:
Obesity discrimination within the workplace
Dr Rachel Lewis & Dr Jo Yarker

Doctoral Details

A systematic review will be conducted to explore current research that has examined obesity discrimination in the workplace.  A questionnaire, and interviews will then be conducted to further understand individual experience of obesity discrimination at work and current policies that organisations have in place to tackle obesity discrimination.  Finally, an intervention will be developed to address obesity discrimination which will be piloted in a number of organisations.

Education and Work History

Psychology BSc (Hons) (Durham University), Developmental Psychopathology MSc (Durham University), Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc (Surrey University)

Work Experience

Publications and Academic Achievements

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