Kellie A Vernon

Kellie A Vernon


I joined the University of Leeds in 2021 as a Postgraduate Researcher looking at attitudes to mental health, stigma, and serious mental illness for men in the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.  Alongside my research I am a specialist in Mental Health and Specialist Disability Issues working for His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service. I am a consultant for the European Ewings Consortium Surgical Working Group and am involved in primary research into improvements in patient’s quality of life, working alongside a consortium of international Oncologists and Orthopaedic Oncologists.  

I received my MPhil from the University of Manchester in 2014. My research was on Masculinity and Religion in the Life and Posthumous Representations of Antarctic Explorer H. R. Bowers, c.1902 - 1939. I also hold an MA in Early Modern and Reformation Studies from the University of Birmingham as well as a BA (Hons) in Identity Studies and Theology and Religion from the University of Liverpool. I qualified as a Registered General Nurse from the University of Manchester in 1998.

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • serious mental illness for both men and women
  • schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders
  • affective disorders, and delusional disorders
  • masculinity and imperialism
  • Antarctic and Arctic exploration and science, religion and theology
  • biography, representations and life writing
  • childhood cancer in history
  • child and infant loss.


  • MPhil History - University of Manchester.
  • MA Reformation and Early Modern Studies – University of Birmingham
  • BA (Hons) Identity Studies and Theology and Religious Studies – University of Liverpool
  • Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing – University of Manchester