Kate Pickett

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Kate Pickett (2012)

Kate Pickett is a British epidemiologist who is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York and is a National Institute for Health Research Career Scientist. She co-authored (with Richard G. Wilkinson) The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better and is Director of The Equality Trust.[1]


Picket trained in biological anthropology, nutritional science and epidemiology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health.


One programme of research focuses on the social determinants of health, including the influences of such factors as social class, income inequality, neighbourhood context and ethnic density on such varied outcomes as mortality and morbidity, teenage birth, obesity, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and health-related behaviours. A second research agenda focuses on smoking in pregnancy; its causal role in relation to behavioural problems in children and its psychosocial context.


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