About Kerry: 

Kerry is Alopecia UK’s Psychological Wellbeing Lead. Kerry has worked with Alopecia UK on a number of projects over the last six years and has been a member of the staff team since 2018. Kerry lives in Sheffield with her two daughters. Kerry enjoys woodland walks and being active.

Kerry's background:

Before Alopecia UK, Kerry worked in mental health for over 15 years. Kerry worked in the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for 10 years before coming to work for Alopecia UK. As well as her clinical work, Kerry completed her PhD in 2017 which focused on the psychological impact of skin conditions (including alopecia) and interventions to support people and improve wellbeing. Kerry is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and has spoken about her research internationally.

Kerry at Alopecia UK:

As Psychological Wellbeing Lead Kerry works on developing our support provision. Kerry has been developing our Alopecia UK Schools Pack alongside parents and young people and is working on other resources to support people affected by alopecia. To raise awareness of the psychological impact of alopecia Kerry has worked on a new psychology module for Trichologists and continues to look at how we can improve education across professionals in order to improve the experience of those with alopecia when seeking support.

In addition, Kerry supports the day to day running of the charity – she is Alopecia UK's Safeguarding Lead and co-facilitates the online Alopecia Café meetings. 

Why Alopecia UK?

I have worked with charities supporting people with a condition which affects appearance for many years and I have always been inspired by the work of Alopecia UK. I saw the impact of the things the charity does through my research and work with Alopecia UK over the years. When I heard that Alopecia UK were looking to develop their existing support resources I really wanted to be a part of that and hoped my knowledge and skills could help this already fabulous charity continue to grow and do great work. The team are amazing and supporting those affected by alopecia is at the forefront of everything we do, I continue to be inspired each day working for the charity.

Publications

Montgomery, K., Thompson, A.R., Norman, P & Messenger, A.G. (2016) The importance of mindfulness in psychosocial distress and quality of life in dermatology patients. British Journal of Dermatology, 175. 930-936

Montgomery, K., & Thompson, A.R. (In Press). The potential role of Mindfulness in psychosocial support of dermatology patients. Clinics in Dermatology.

Montgomery, K., White, C., Thompson, A.R. (2017) A mixed methods survey of social anxiety, anxiety, depression, and wig use in alopecia. BMJ Open

Heapy C, Montgomery K, Ersser S, Gass M, Goad N, & Thompson AR. A Psychosocial Support Website From the British Association of Dermatologists for People Living With a Skin Condition: Mixed Methods Evaluation. JMIR Dermatol 2020;3

Stock, N. M., Sharratt, N. D., Treneman-Evans, G., Montgomery, K., Denman, R., Harcourt, D., & at the Centre for Appearance Research, T. V. R. T. (2021). ‘My face in someone else’s hands’: a qualitative study of medical tattooing in women with hair loss. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 1-12.

Invited editorials

Thompson, A.R. & Montgomery, K. (2018) Stress and more stress: the importance in skin disease of worrying about what others think. British Journal of Dermatology, 178(4), 821-822.

Montgomery, K., & Thompson, A.R. (2018) Developing sensitivity to the psychological burden associated with skin conditions: A call for training. British Journal of Dermatology, 179 (2) 

Montgomery, K. (2018)The use of qualitative methods to understand the experience of facial morphea. British Journal of Dermatology (In Press)

Montgomery, K (2019) The impact of hair loss. British Journal of Dermatology, 180(6)

Invited talks

Montgomery, K. (2015) Mindfulness in dermatology. World Congress of Dermatology. Vancouver.

Montgomery, K (2016) Psychosocial distress in people living with hair loss: Clinical presentation and management. Institute of Trichologists annual conference. London

Montgomery, K (2016). Psychosocial distress in patients living with alopecia. The role of psychological therapies, including mindfulness. British Hair and Nail Society conference. Sheffield