I am an experienced social researcher with education and training in psychological and social sciences research methods and statistical analysis. With 15 years’ experience of academic and applied research, I have expertise in survey methods (online and postal), qualitative research, program evaluation and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. With substantial experience of working with large data sets, I am proficient in data analysis software including IBM SPSS and NVivo.
I am highly skilled in research design, undertaking fieldwork and data collection, data analysis and interpretation. Experienced in writing for publication, I have under my belt numerous commissioned research reports, conference papers, and a number of peer reviewed academic journal articles.
I am a motivated and professional freelancer with strong project management, organizational and time management skills. I have successfully completed research projects for universities, health authorities, government departments, national charities and non-profit organizations. A rewarding experience for me has been how organizations have used my work to make positive changes to practice, policy and fundraising activities.
In addition to the completion of research projects from start to finish (either working alone or with colleagues), I am also available for individual tasks such as the analysis of quantitative or qualitative data, survey design, writing a literature review, or proofreading an academic paper. In this capacity I work remotely for clients from around the world.
With extensive experience of social and applied research, my research has primarily been in the areas of mental health, health promotion, health and social care, homelessness and social inclusion. Experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research, previous work has included survey design and analysis, qualitative research (including in-depth interviews, observation and focus groups) and mixed methods research. I have a strong track record in undertaking research with ‘hard-to-reach’ groups, and with people with multiple and complex needs.
I have numerous published reports and peer reviewed academic journal papers, and have also worked as an academic peer reviewer. My recent research in mental health has received several awards. My research has been cited in high profile publications including The Guardian and The Observer and has had direct impact on the development of services and policies. My research on homelessness initiated the development of three new specialist projects for older homeless people and helped secure funding to develop them. This work also initiated a small grants programme (Age UK) to support work in this area. An earlier study played a key role in the decision by the UK Department of Health to launch an independent enquiry into the care of older people on acute wards in general hospitals.
Prior to getting involved in research in 1997, I worked for several years in healthcare, social services and education, working primarily with people with mental health needs and learning disabilities. In this work I gained experience of working for Health Authorities, social services, schools and non-profit organisations, in a variety of roles in both community and inpatient settings.
- Qualitative research – interviews, observational methods, focus groups and creative methods.
- Analysis of qualitative data – including thematic analysis, framework analysis, grounded theory.
- Survey research (online, postal, telephone, face-to-face) – survey design, implementation, analysis, reporting.
- Statistical analysis of quantitative data.
- Program evaluation – outcomes, process and developmental evaluation, participatory evaluation and action research.
- Computer applications – SPSS, NVivo, Excel, Access
- Project management – experienced in managing large complex studies as well as small projects with tight deadlines.
Postgraduate Diploma in Social Sciences Research Methods, Open University, UK
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Plymouth, UK
Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Studies, Portsmouth University, UK
Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation, Canadian Evaluation Society – From 2019/09/13
Canadian Evaluation Society (Member) – From 2018/03/28
American Evaluation Society (Member) – From 2018/03/30
British Psychological Society (MBPsS) – From 2015/05/11
Social Research Association (Member) (until 2017)
Research Consultant and Owner at Qualitas Research (from 2012)
Senior Researcher, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK (2009-2012)
Research and Evaluation Officer, Greater Manchester Probation Trust, UK (2008-2009)
Research Consultant, Age UK (national charity, UK) (2003-2005)
Research Officer, Age UK, London, UK (1998-2002)
Research Assistant, Age UK, London, UK (1997)
College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) Research Award, Sept 2015
LaingBuisson Independent Specialist Care Award, Supported Living Category, Evaluation of the Leeds independent living project, 12 March 2014
TPAS Excellence in Working Together Award, Evaluation of the Leeds independent living project, 3 May 2013
Morral, K. and Morral, J. (2017) “The mental health literacy of British community pharmacists”, The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 12 Iss: 2, [pp. 98-110]
Campanile, A., Morral, K., Aljammal, M.K., Owusu-Kwarteng, F., Tillotson, E., Shabbir, M., Beadham, I. and Morral, J*.(2016), Development of a versatile laboratory experiment to teach the metabolic transformation of hydrolysis, British Journal of Pharmacy, Vol. 1 Iss:1, pp.106-114. doi: 10.5920/bjpharm.2016.12
Morral, K. and Morral, J. (2016) A survey of community pharmacists’ attitudes towards mental illness, Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 15 Iss: 2, pp.93-102.
Morral, K. and Paley, C. (2016), Mid Project Evaluation of The Burley Lodge Opportunities Project for Better Leeds Communities. Huddersfield: Qualitas Research.
Morral, K. (2016) Well into Words: An Evaluation of the Kirklees Bibliotherapy Project. Huddersfield: Qualitas Research and Kirklees Council.
Morral, J., Culshaw, M., Morral, K., Conway, B., Adams, S. & Adams, A. (2015) Linking a Pharmaceutical Chemistry Workshop to Pharmacy Practice, Sci. Pharm., 83(1), 125-142.
Morral, K. (2015) An Independent Evaluation of the Vircon Programme: Final report. Huddersfield: Qualitas Research.
Karban, K., Paley, C. & Willcock, K. (2013) Towards support: evaluating a move to independent living. Housing, Care and Support, 16(2), pp.85-94.
Grayson, T., Hung Tsang, Y., Jolly, D., Karban, K., Lomax, P., Midgley, C., O’ Rouke, I., Paley, C., Sinson, J., Willcock, K. & Williams, P. (2013) Include me in: user involvement in research and evaluation. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 17(1), pp.35-42.
Bidmead, E. and Clough, R. with Kim Morral and the Linking Communities team (2013) Engagement: A guide to practice and strategy. Problems and Possibilities. Chorley: Age UK Lancashire.
Morral, K. (2012) Discovery Interviews with Patients and Carers: Final Report. London: Qualitas Research & Camden Provider Service Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
Willcock, K. & Paley, C. et al (2012) Include Me In: An Evaluation of the Independent Living Project. Leeds: Progress Care Housing Association and Leeds City Council.
Karban, K., Paley, C. & Willcock, K. (2011) Who calls the tune? Participation and partnership in research. Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 15(3), pp.57-71.
Willcock, K. (2009) The New Directions Activity Requirement: An Evaluation of Implementation and Process. National Probation Service.
Willcock, K. (2009) An equitable service? Exploring the experience of probation practice for disabled offenders. National Probation Service.
Willcock, K. and the Black Workers Forum (BWF) (2008) BWF Community Consultation Survey. National Probation Service.
Willcock, K. (2006) Live Choices: helping older homeless people engage in meaningful occupation in the community. London: Help the Aged. ISBN: 1-84598-009-3.
Willcock, K. (2006) Moving On: the meaning of activity for older homeless people. London: Help the Aged. ISBN: 1-84598-010-7.
Willcock, K. (2004) Journeys out of loneliness: the views of older homeless people. London: Help the Aged. ISBN: 1-904528-04-X.
Willcock, K. (1999) Older Homeless People: An action research plan. Housing, Care and Support, 2(2), pp.25-28.
Willcock, K. (1999) Rhetoric into reality. London: Help the Aged. In: Royal College of Nursing, Research for Gerontological Nursing Study Guide, Section 7: Research Methodologies. London: Royal College of Nursing.
Willcock, K. (1997) The tip of the iceberg. London: Help the Aged
A DVD about Include Me In: A Participatory Research Project
A Video about Social Inclusion and Independent Living for People with Mental Health Problems and People with Learning Disabilities
In the Press
Article in Guardian Society
Article in The Observer