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Ms Kate Karban

PositionSenior Lecturer in Social Work
Department or DivisionSocial Work and Social Care
Office HoursMon 29 Sep 2-4pm; Mon 6 Oct 9-10+1-2pm; Mon 13/20/27 Oct 2-4pm; Mon 3/10/17 Nov + 1/8 Dec, 2-4pm
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 233512

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Research Interests (key words only)

Mental health; Interprofessional learning & working; Social work and health inequalities; Participatory research and evaluation

Knowledge Transfer Activity

  • Evaluation of Leeds Independent Living Service in partnership with Leeds Adult Social Care and Progress Housing and funded by the Big Lottery (£476,000)
  • Co-ordinator of British Council DelPHE link between Chainama College for Health Sciences in Zambia and Leeds Beckett University with continuing involvement 2008-11.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Students Supervised:

  • 1996-2003 PhD Supervisor - ‘Organisational Constraints and Professional Practice: Heterosexism and Sexuality in the School Curriculum’
  • Supervision of social work and mental health masters dissertations
  • Teaching responsibilities include mental health, interprofessional working and practice learning for final year undergraduate social work students

Administrative Responsibilities

Programme Director for MA Mental Health including training for Approved Mental Health Professionals


Involved in social work, mental health education and the development of interprofessional learning as well as practice education / practice teaching programmes at Bradford University and previously at Huddersfield and Leeds Metropolitan Universities.

Professional Activities

  • Registered social worker with experience of practice across a number of mental health settings.
  • Joint Convenor of the Social Work and Health Inequalities Network

Current Projects

  • Evaluation of outcomes of interventions undertaken as a result of adult safeguarding referrals (with Geraldine Graham)
  • Exploring the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers (with Ala Sirriyeh)



  • Karban, K. (2011) Social Work and Mental Health Cambridge: Polity Press
  • Karban, K. & Smith, S. (2011) The contribution of health professionals in Brock, A., & Rankin, C. (Eds.) Making it work for the child: professionalism for the early years interdisciplinary team. Continuum.
  • Gianfranco, G., South, J., Kinsella, K. & Karban, K. (2011) Mental health, resilience and the recession in Bradford. Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Karban, K. (2011) The Social Determinants of Mental Health. In Anderson, J. & Penson, W. (Eds.) Burning Issues in Learning and Teaching about Mental Health. Occasional paper 13. London: Health Sciences and Practice Subject Centre in conjunction with the Mental Health in Higher Education project.
  • Karban, K., Paley, C. & Willcock, K. (2013) Who calls the tune? Social Work and Social Sciences Review 15(3)
  • Fish, J. & Karban, K. (2013) Health inequalities at the heart of the social work curriculum. Social Work Education – The International Journal . On-line access, first available, 9.1.2013.
  • Include Me In Project (2013) User Involvement in Evaluation. Mental Health and Social Inclusion. Published online: 8308&volume=17&issue=1
  • Karban, K., Paley, C. & Willcock, K. (2013) "Towards support: evaluating a move to independent living" Housing, Care and Support, 16.2
  • Karban, K., Bowa, A., Mbewe, E., Ngandu, R., Patrick, S., Penson, B. & Walker, B. (2013) Scaling up mental health services in Zambia - challenges and opportunities reported in an education project. International Journal of Mental Health late summer/fall (forthcoming)
  • Karban, K. (2003)  'Social work education and mental health in a changing world'  Social Work Education Vol. 22 (2) pp191 - 202
  • Fawcett, B. & Karban, K. (2005) Contemporary Mental Health: Theory, Policy and Practice, London: Routledge
  • Karban, K., Green, M. & Taylor, D. (2005) Middleton Sure Start, Evaluation Report, 2002 – 2005
  • Karban, K. & Green, M. (2007) An Evaluation of the Middleton Sure Start Speech and Language Service. Evaluation Report
  • Smith, S. & Karban, K. (2008) Tutor experiences of developing an interprofessional learning (IPL) programme in Higher Education: recognising a parallel process. Response e journal. Issue 4. ISSN - 1752-0991
  • Karban, K. & Smith , S. (2009) 'Developing critical reflection within an interprofessional learning programme':  Bradbury, H., Frost, N., Kilminster, S. & Zukas, M. (Eds.) Beyond Reflective Practice,  Routledge.
  • Haugh, S., Karban, K., Newell, C., Walker, B., & Wright, N.  (2009)  Evaluation of Women’s Health Matters Listening Ear and BARCA-Leeds Reaching Out Counselling Services
  • Brock, A., Frost, N., Karban, K. & Smith, S. (2009) Towards Interprofessional Partnerships: A Resource Pack. Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Minogue, V., Holt, B., Gelsthorpe, S., Firth, S. & Ramsay, T. (2009) Service User and Carer Involvement in Mental Health Education, Training and Research – A Literature Review. Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 211-227

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Conference Presentations:

Karban, K. (2002) 'Possibilities and Potential: social work education and mental health in a changing world' UK Joint Social Work Education Conference, Derby University, July 10th

Child, S., Green, M., Karban, K. & Taylor, D. (2005) ‘Being powerfully ordinary in your own community’ Community Participation in Evaluation: the experience of a Sure Start programme. First International Community, Work and Family Conference: Change and Transformation 16-18 March. Manchester Metropolitan University.

Karban, K. & Smith , S. (2006) 'Developing critical reflection within an interprofessional learning programme' Conference Paper: Professional lifelong learning: beyond reflective practice. University of Leeds, July 3

Karban, K., Smith, S. & Ellis, I. (2008) ‘we didn’t know enough about our own course, let alone anyone else’s…’ students’ experiences of the first year of an interprofessional learning programme. Altogether Better Health IV, Stockholm, June

Karban, K. & Ngandu, R. (2010) Learning from DelPHE: Implications for Mental Health and Social Work. 6th International Conference in Social Work and Health and Mental Health, Dublin, 28th June – 2nd July 2010.

In the News/Media

  • Karban, K. (2011) Social Work and Mental Health Polity Press
  • Karban, K. & Smith, S. (2011) The contribution of health professionals in Brock, A., & Rankin, C. (Eds.) Making it work for the child: professionalism for the early years interdisciplinary team. Continuum.