Kathryn Abel

Kathryn Abel, MA MBBS FRCP FRCPsych PhD


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Research interests

Kathryn Abel is Professor of Psychological Medicine and Reproductive Psychiatry at the University of Manchester. She is Director of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health within the Division of Psychology and Mental Health. She is also an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and has been at the forefront of policy and service developments for women in mental health services. With the Department of Health, she developed an open access e-learning resource for mental health professionals.

She has a wealth of experience delivering mental health research in NHS settings and is the Greater Manchester NIHR Clinical Local Research Network Lead for Dendron, Mental Health and Neurology delivering high quality research for NHS patients.

Her research focusses on:

  1. the effects of early maternal condition and fetal environment on offspring outcomes
  2. abnormalities of maternal sensitivity and attachment
  3. interventions to improve offspring outcomes for mentally ill mothers; and
  4. gendered interventions for women offenders in prison settings.

She has a number of international collaborations in Scandinavia, Australia and Columbia University, New York.

My collaborations

Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Universities of Oslo and Bergen, Norway

University of Bristol, UK

Columbai University, New York, USA

University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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