Natalie is a Research Assistant at the University of Cumbria; she is particularly interested in research that draws on professional and lived expertise to improve mental health policy and practice. Natalie is currently working on a project exploring what works for autistic people in their experience of talk therapy and how services might be improved. She is in the final stages of completing a PhD project which has involved working alongside women who are single parents on low incomes, to consider the feasibility of interpersonal counselling (IPC) and other ways to strengthen mental health support.

Natalie previously worked as a researcher for Crisis, a national homelessness charity and most recently as a research consultant evaluating the effectiveness of homelessness prevention programmes.

Qualifications and memberships

MA Sociology and Social Research 

BA (Hons) Sociology 

British Sociological Association (BSA)

Academic and research interests

Mental health policy and practice 

Health inequalities 

Participatory methodologies