Professor Stephani Hatch

Professor of Sociology and Epidemiology, IoPPN

Professor Stephani Hatch is a Professor of Sociology and Epidemiology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. Stephani leads an interdisciplinary research programme and public engagement activities focused on urban mental health; inequalities in mental health and health services; discrimination; and young adult mental health.

Stephani is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Tackling Inequalities and Discrimination Experiences in Health Services (TIDES) study funded by a Wellcome Trust Investigator’s Award. The TIDES team is developing an intervention framework to address the role of discrimination by healthcare practitioners in generating and perpetuating health inequalities. Stephani’s team will use innovative quantitative and qualitative methods, including linked survey and health record data as well as virtual reality methods to examine how biases and discrimination impact clinical interactions and treatment recommendations.

Stephani leads The HYPE (improving the Health of Young PeoplE) Project. The project is a web-based recruitment, risk assessment and resource platform for young adults (aged 16 and over) that will facilitate young people’s involvement in research and improve access to online and community-based social and health-related resources.

Stephani is also co-PI for the South East London Community Health (SELCoH) study, a psychiatric and physical morbidity survey set in the boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth that began in 2008.  SELCoH is the largest, most comprehensive UK study of urban mental health and service use that provides much-needed data on ethnic minority and migrant populations.

Stephani has been co-leading initiatives promoting and changing policies to insure the embeddedness of Diversity & Inclusion at KCL since 2014. In recognition, Stephani received the King’s Award for Diversity in the Workplace in 2016. She is currently the Co-Chair of the IoPPN Diversity & Inclusion Self-Assessment Team.