Katie Morton

University of Cambridge
Post-doctoral Researcher
Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
Cambridge, United Kingdom
The application of transformational leadership to parenting and adolescent health promotion
Mark Beauchamp

Where and what is your current position?

Leading a programme of research funded by the Department of Health: Creating Active School Environments (CASE).

How does this job relate to your graduate degree?

My role involves the promotion of physical activity and health in young people, designing and developing behaviour change interventions, and evaluation.

What motivated you to pursue graduate work at UBC?

An interesting PhD topic, a good supervisor, and a fantastic location to be a PhD student!

What are key things you did that contributed to your success?

Never give up! You will have setbacks and challenges, but this is part of the PhD. At times, things will not be going well (i.e. papers rejected, etc.), but it’s all a learning experience. Remember the PhD is not the end; it's the start of your next chapter, and there is still lots to build on after it has finished. Use your time to develop a wide range of skills and experiences, as this is ultimately what will be the most useful for your next chapter in life. Finally, make good friends – these will get you through the tough times especially if you are a long way from home. The friends I made at UBC are amongst my best friends...most are coming all the way to England for my wedding this year!

What is your best piece of advice for current graduate students preparing for their future careers?

Make the most of your time as a PhD student. Make connections and take on extra opportunities where possible (e.g. committee member, teaching opportunities, collaborations) – you never know where it might lead!