Dr Katie Gibson Smith

Dr Katie Gibson Smith
Dr Katie Gibson Smith
Dr Katie Gibson Smith

BA (Hons), PGCert, AFHEA, PhD, CPsychol

Senior Research Fellow

About

Biography

Katie is an Advanced Research Fellow in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.  She is a Chartered Psychologist, as recognised by the British Psychological Society (CPsychol), and a Member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.  Katie completed her PhD in 2016 titled 'Promoting and Implementing Self Care: A Mixed Methods Study of Offshore Workers and Remote Healthcare Practitioners'.  A mixed methods researcher with experience in focus groups, interviews, questionnaires, Delphi consensus methods, the Think Aloud method and systematic reviews.  

Her research interests include medical education particularly around the experiences of underrepresented groups (e.g., widening participation, minority ethnic and disabled doctors and students) and also doctor wellbeing and resilience.  She is currently undertaking an evaluation of the Gateway2Medicine programme, documenting experiences of students from widening participation backgrounds and undertaking further research in this area.  She has served as an Intervention Development Workstream Lead on a Chief Scientist Office funded project seeking to develop interventions to support doctors' wellbeing and promote resilience during COVID-19 and beyond.  

She has previous experience of applying educational, implementation and behaviour change theory to enhance understanding of: self-care behaviour; healthcare in offshore and homeless populations; accessing healthcare; and, healthcare students experiences of placement supervision. 

Qualifications

  • PhD Health Promotion 
    2016 - The Robert Gordon University 
  • PGCert (Distinction) Research Methods 
    2015 - The Robert Gordon University 
  • BA (Hons) First Class Honours Applied Social Sciences 
    2010 - The Robert Gordon University 

External Memberships

Member of Royal Society of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Community of Interest 

Invited 2023

 

Member of Royal Society of Edinburgh Social Sciences Sub-Committee

Invited 2023

 

Chartered Psychologist - British Psychological Society

Attained 2020

 

Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland

Membership 2020

 

Member, Expert Reference Group - British Psychological Society 

From Poverty to Flourishing Campaign - January 2020 to December 2020

 

External Peer Reviewer

National Institute for Health Research - Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (Grants and Reports)

British Journal of Health Psychology

The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

Perspectives on Medical Education

Pharmacy Practice

International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

British Journal of General Practice

Rural and Remote Health

Australasian Medical Journal 

 

Academic Editor 

PLOS One

Latest Publications

  • An overview of G2M Programme at University of Aberdeen: Demographic characteristics and correlation analysis of Academic vs. MMI/UCAT performances

    Marini, P., Yilmaz, H., Gibson Smith, K., Miller, S., Young, L., Fraser, D., Lumsden, C.
    NES Annual Virtual Conference 2024
    Contributions to Conferences: Posters
  • "For us, whatever we do is wrong, until we do something really good": a qualitative study of the lived experiences of doctors from minority ethnic backgrounds in Scotland

    Chopra, C., Poobalan, A., Gibson Smith, K., Youd, E., Johnston, P.
    BMJ Open, vol. 13, no. 10, e073733
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Affordability, inclusivity and justice: threats to the sustainability of the medical workforce in an economic crisis

    Gibson Smith, K., Johnston, P., Cleland, J.
    Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 167-168
    Contributions to Journals: Editorials
  • ‘Here I am five years later…’: conceptualising the barriers faced by widening access students

    Gibson Smith, K., Lumsden, C., Walker, K.
    Contributions to Conferences: Oral Presentations
  • Navigating the Labyrinth: Research in Medical Education

    Gibson Smith, K., Laidlaw, A.
    Contributions to Conferences: Oral Presentations

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Prizes and Awards

Best Oral Presentation, Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice Conference, 2017: Promoting and implementing self-care: A mixed methods study of offshore workers and remote healthcare practitioners.

Self-Care Journal and International Self Care Foundation Essay Competition Runner Up (Awarded £750), 2016: Self-care behaviour change: Reaching the unreached.

Institute of Health and Wellbeing Studentship, Robert Gordon University, 2013-2016: Promoting and implementing self-care: A mixed methods study of offshore workers and remote healthcare practitioners.

Research

Research Overview

She is a mixed methods researcher with experience in focus groups, interviews, questionnaires, Delphi consensus methods, the Think Aloud method and systematic reviews.  

Her research interests include medical education particularly around widening access to medicine and also doctor wellbeing and resilience.  She is currently undertaking an evaluation of the Gateway2Medicine programme and is an Intervention Development Workstream Lead on a Chief Scientist Office funded project seeking to develop interventions to support doctors' wellbeing and promote resilience during COVID-19 and beyond.  

She has previous experience of applying educational, implementation and behaviour change theory to enhance understanding of: self-care behaviour; healthcare in offshore and homeless population; accessing healthcare; and, healthcare students experiences of placement supervision.  Katie was also involved previously in analysing data for a study on factors influencing medical career preferences. 

Research Areas

Nutrition and Health

Research Specialisms

  • Health Studies
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Professional Practice in Education
  • Qualitative Psychology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

Doctors' Wellbeing and Resilience

Widening Access to Medicine

Curriculum Change

Past Research

Self-care

Health Promotion

Homeless Health and Wellbeing

Offshore Health and Wellbeing

Pharmacy Practice 

Interventions

Evaluation 

Remote Healthcare

Collaborations

PhD Adviser - Methodological aspects

Funding and Grants

Gibson Smith, K., Cleland, J., Walker, K., et al.  Staying in and getting on in medicine:  Career decision making in widening access students. Carnegie Trust 2023. £14,986.00

Gibson Smith, K., Bonner, C., Cecil, J., et al. Experiences of working and career progression of doctors with disabilities in the clinical workplace: a scoping review.  Association for Medical Education 2022. £4,917.82.

Gibson Smith, K., Lumsden, C., Walker, K., Poobalan, A., Laidlaw, A. Staying in and getting on: Developing strategies to support widening access students in their medical studies. 2022.  Centre for Academic Development.  Learning and Teaching Enhancement Programme 2022.  Resilient Learning Communities. £732.94.

Chopra, C., Gibson Smith, K., et al. The lived experiences of racial discrimination in specialty trainees in Scotland Deanery: A qualitative study. 2021.  Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium. £3,000.

Faisal, N., Rattray, Z. Gibson Smith, K., et al.  STEMM Bank of Scotland.  2021.  Young Academy Scotland. £600. 

Walker, K., Gibson Smith, K., et al. Doctors wellbeing through COVID-19 transitions and beyond.  A proposal for consolidation and future innovation. 2021. Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium.  £75,000. 

Walker, K., Gibson Smith, K., et al. To develop evidence-based interventions to support doctors’ well-being and promote resilience during COVID-19 related transitions (and beyond). 2020. Chief Scientist Office. £197,080.

MacLure, K., Gibson Smith, K., et al. Promoting community pharmacy engagement with people experiencing homelessness by understanding health literacy. 2018. European Society of Clinical Pharmacy Research Grant, €10,000.

Stewart D, Tucker R, MacLure K, Gibson Smith K. Examining the real-world impact of a silicone-based gel (Dermatix®) on established hypertrophic and keloid scars in patients recruited in community pharmacies. Mylan, 2017, £30,000.

Stewart, D., MacLure, K., Cunningham, S., Gibson Smith, K. Evaluating pharmacy teams in GP practices. Scottish Government, 2017, £100,000.

Stewart, D., Tucker, R., MacLure, K., Cunningham, S., Gibson Smith, K. An uncontrolled before and after study of the impact of a smart-phone app on disease outcomes in children with atopic eczema. Dermal Laboratories, 2017, £30,000.

Stewart, D., MacLure, K., Cunningham, S., Gibson Smith, K. A mixed methods evaluation of the NHS Highlands telehealth pilot of pharmaceutical care provision to dispensing medical practices. NHS Highlands, 2017, £8,000.

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Course Co-Coordinator - ME5513 Fundamentals of Data Managament and Analysis.

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

PhD External Examiner - University of Lancaster (2021)

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