About Katy Schnitzler
(BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSc, MRes)
MIST was founded by Katy Schnitzler, an academic and specialist in the areas of pregnancy loss, infertility and childlessness. Katy is passionate in helping organisations to support people experiencing these pervasive, yet silenced issues.
Katy is a highly experienced HE Lecturer and trainer in business psychology, bereavement, mental health, gender equality and research methods. Katy brings her decade of lecturing and training experience to advise on:
- The prevalence and implications of pregnancy loss, infertility and childlessness, including mental health illnesses.
- Employers' legal responsibilities.
- Language and communication when handling situations involving pregnancy loss and infertility.
- Return-to-work guidance to support employees returning after pregnancy loss.
- Policy reviewing and writing.
- How to implement best practice with compassion and confidence to employees in their time of need.
- Inclusion and equality - ensuring workplaces do not alienate those without children, to redress family-friendly policies and implicit pro-natal practices.
Katy's work is academically informed by her PhD research, investigating workplace experiences following miscarriage. Katy successfully secured the prestigious ESRC DTP scholarship from The Open, Oxford and Brunel Universities, to complete this important research.
As part of her work, Katy provides visiting lectures and seminar workshops to HE institutions for healthcare students. These sessions facilitate future professionals to better support patients experiencing pregnancy loss, notably nurses, paramedics, midwives and doctors.
Katy has presented her work at academic conferences, including the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology and BPS POWES (Psychology of Women and Equalities Section) annual conferences, winning awards for her research. Katy has also presented key talks at a variety of university research and scholarship conferences.
Working in world leading research has led Katy to collaborate extensively with relevant bodies in the field, including charities. Katy has also advised organisations on data collection in this critical area.
Outside of work, Katy enjoys yoga, travel, vegan cooking and photography.