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Dr Caroline Kamau-Mitchell

  • Overview



    • Kamau-Mitchell is one of a small number of academics globally shaping the way that hospitals support the occupational health of medical doctors. She co-authored a randomised-controlled trial of doctors which led to an intervention now used by many NHS hospitals (e.g., the Royal Berkshire hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham, BARTS Health NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay, etc.) and the NHS Practitioner Health Programme, a confidential service for doctors and dentists in distress. She is passionate about translating research into practice and policy by engaging with the medical community and the United Kingdom's government. For example, she wrote a report for the United Kingdom's House of Lords’ committee which led Parliament to change relevant legislation, and she has influenced inquiries by the House of Lords, and House of Parliament, into health issues.

      Her research has been covered in newspapers such as The Guardian, The Times, and the BBC, doctors’ associations (e.g., the British Medical Association, and associations in oncology, cardiology, and surgery). Her research regularly gets lots of tweets by doctors.

      She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a member of Birkbeck's Centre for Medical Humanities, and the Chair of Birkbeck's Brainstorming Grants Group. She has written in Nature, the highly prestigious journal ranked in the top 10 of all academic journals worldwide with millions of readers, and other high impact journals such as the British Medical Journal, and The Lancet Psychiatry.



    • PhD, University of Kent, 2005
    • BSc (hons) Psychology with Clinical Psychology, University of Kent, 2001

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Programme Director of the Professional Doctorate in Occupational Health, P & M
    • Chair of the Undergraduate Exam Board
    • Chair of Birkbeck's Brainstorming Grants Group
    • Module Convenor of a module about mental disorders in occupational contexts (Psychopathology and Work)
    • Module Convenor of a module about applied experimental psychology (Group Processes in Organizations)
    • Supervisor of Master's (MSc) research
    • Supervisor of doctoral (PhD) research

    Professional activities

    Dr. Caroline Kamau-Mitchell is the Chair of Birkbeck's Brainstorming Grants Group, a College-wide research-related learning programme.

    She has given talks at many national and international conferences. She was invited to talk to oncologists about burnout at the CNS Bootcamp held at the University of Cambridge, 2018. She gave a talk at the global health conference at the University of Oxford, 2018; the 4th ICHWS conference in Vancouver, Canada, in 2014; the ACES conference in Hiroshima, Japan, 2015; the IACCP conference in Nagoya, Japan, 2016; and the I/O conference in Sydney, Australia, 2017.

    She is a reviewer for prestigious journals such as JAMA Psychiatry, the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Affective DisordersStress and Health, Psychiatry Research, Schizophrenia Research, and more. She was the editor of the Wessex Psychologist Bulletin for a number of years, a hard-copy magazine with a readership of over 6,000 people per issue.

    She is dedicated to taking science to the public in monthly articles which have been read by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide in a series called the Science of Mental Health at Psychology Today.

    Dr. Kamau-Mitchell chaired a special conference on eradicating sexism and sexual harassment in medicine in November 2022.

    Professional memberships

    • Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

    • MBPsS at the British Psychological Society.

    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    • Member of the Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities


  • Research


    Research interests

    • I research the causes and consequences of occupational distress experienced by medical doctors using large dataset studies, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and randomised-controlled trials. I am interested in interventions which improve medical training and practice.

    Research Centres and Institutes

    Research clusters and groups

    • Member, Quantitative Methods Research Group
    • Leader, Brainstorming Grants Group (a cross-College learning programme)

    Post doctoral staff

    • Dr. Khalid Bin Waleed (cardiologist)
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I am a doctoral (PhD) and Master's (MSc) research supervisor. My past PhD students include Dr. Asta Medisauskaite, a senior research fellow at UCL's medical school, Dr. Eduardo Dias, and Dr. Camelia Oancea, a machine learning engineer at Airbus Defence and Space. As principal supervisor, my current PhD and professional doctoral students are:

    • Carolann Edwards OBE
    • Chris Attoe
    • Clive Lewis OBE
    • Lorraine Anderson-Cole

    I also second supervise the following doctoral students:

    • Anna Niemczewska
    • Krystle Thomas Vedat

    My doctoral students research topics such as the occupational health of medical doctors and nurses, supporting doctors returning to work after sickness absence, distress among lawyers, and workplace factors relevant to patient care. I specialise in supervising doctoral research about occupational health in medicine and other professions, and Master's dissertations on various topics using quantitative methods.

    Current doctoral researchers


    Doctoral alumni

  • Publications


    External Repositories

  • Business and community

    Business and community

    I have media training.


    I am happy to receive enquiries from the media on the following topics:

    • Stress, burnout, sleep problems and work-related signs of occupational distress among medical doctors
    • Psychopathology (mental disorders), employees and work.
    • The connection between work and health.


      I am passionate about engaging with the United Kingdom's House of Lords, the House of Parliament, associations for medical doctors, and end-users of my research.