From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Kathryn Skivington

Kathryn Skivingtonposition: Research Fellow

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7589


MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
200 Renfield Street
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Kathryn graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in Psychology (2004) and later went on to complete an MSc in Health Services Research and Public Health (2007). Kathryn joined the Unit’s Evaluating the Health Effects of Social Interventions team in 2008 as a research assistant. She worked on an evaluation project looking at a government intervention aiming to support Incapacity Benefit claimants into employment. She began studying for a PhD in 2009; the focus of the doctoral research was policy changes to Incapacity Benefit, related to the barriers to work that benefit recipients are confronted with, and the health impact of transitions in and out of employment. It involved quantitative and qualitative research in and around Glasgow. After completing periods of employment at the Institute of Work and Health in Toronto and the Scottish Government in Edinburgh, Kathryn returned to the Unit in 2014 to work in the Neighbourhoods and Health programme. She is currently pursuing research to investigate the role of community links and social prescribing as a means of providing appropriate services to address health problems that are to some extent determined by socio-economic factors, such as unemployment.



Skivington K, Lifshen M, Mustard C. Implementing a collaborative return-to-work program: lessons from a qualitative study in a large Canadian healthcare organization. Work 2016;55:613-624

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Skivington K, Vojt G, Thomson H, Fenton C, Campbell M, Sweeting H. Systematic literature review of interventions to improve health, happiness and wellbeing in the transition from adolescence to adulthood [systematic review protocol]. MRC/CSO Public and Health Sciences Unit, 2016

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Van Eerd D, Munhall C, Irvin E, Rempel D, Brewer S, van der Beek AJ, Dennerlein JT, Tullar J, Skivington K, Pinion C, Amick B. Effectiveness of workplace interventions in the prevention of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders and symptoms: an update of the evidence. Occupational & Environmental Medicine 2016;73:62-70


Vojt G, Thomson H, Campbell M, Fenton C, Sweeting H, McQueen J, Skivington K. Health, happiness and wellbeing for adolescents transitioning to adulthood: a systematic review of individual-level interventions for adolescents from vulnerable groups. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional paper no. 26, Glasgow, 2016



Mckenna J, Skivington K. Religiously Aggravated Offending in Scotland 2013-14. Edinburgh, Scottish Government Social Research, 2014

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Skivington K, Mckenna J. Charges reported under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 in 2013-14. Edinburgh, Scottish Government Social Research, 2014

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Skivington K. Incapacity benefit, employment transitions and health: evidence from longitudinal data and a qualitative study [PhD], MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 2013.

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Popham F, Skivington K, Benzeval M. Why do those out of work because of sickness or disability have a high mortality risk? Evidence from a Scottish cohort. European Journal of Public Health 2012;23:629-635

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Bond L, Craig P, Egan M, Skivington K, Thomson H. Health improvement programmes: really too complex to evaluate? [letter]. BMJ 2010;340ID - 615:c1332

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Bond L, Craig P, Egan M, Skivington K, Thomson H. MRC guidelines and the evaluation of health improvement programmes: are health improvement programmes really too complex to assess their effectiveness? [rapid response]. BMJ 2010;340ID - 614:c185

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Skivington K, McCartney G, Thomson H, Bond L. Challenges in evaluating Welfare to Work policy interventions: would an RCT design have been the answer to all our problems?. BMC Public Health 2010;10:254

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