Mrs Cat Hitch

Lecturer in Medical Education, Medical School - School

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I come from a military family so have a heartfelt interest in defence, security and veterans. After a 25-year career in the law, culminating in legal operations, I decided to embark on a veteran-specific PhD and move into academic. I also spent five years working with SSAFA, to help wounded, injured and sick veterans transition to civilian life upon medical discharge. During my PhD I specialised in research with the Northern Irish veteran community in the context of  trauma, mental health, alcohol and help-seeking. NI veterans are considered ‘hidden’ and face unique challenges. It is exciting to see new advances in research to support hidden populations, particularly surrounding social prescribing and the use of technology.



Areas Of Expertise

  • Hidden populations
  • Veterans
  • Northern Irish context
  • Mixed methods
  • Latent class analysis
  • IPA

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
  • Ethics
  • Working with hidden populations
  • Research methods
  • Systematic reviews
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