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Ms Katy Schnitzler

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Professional biography

I am currently studying for my PhD at The Open University, in the Faculty of WELS. My research is funded by the ESRC. 

My research investigates the often stigmatised topic of miscarriage from a workplace perspective. Specifically, I am exploring how the physical and psychological effects of early pregnancy loss impact upon work (and careers overall), common workplace behaviours and practices experienced (e.g., lack of formal policy, insensitive reactions, and even discrimination), following miscarriage, and the barriers women face when returning-to-work after such loss.  

My PhD research informs my consultancy, MIST Workshops. Through my work with MIST, I provide training and policy writing for organisations on pregnancy loss, infertility and childlessness. I have worked with various companies, including the NHS, global energy firms and baby loss charities, to name a few. 

Alongside my PhD, I also work as an HE lecturer in the fields of psychology, sociology, health and social care, business and research. 

Research interests

  • Pregnancy loss/miscarriage
  • Childlessness
  • Infertility
  • Workplace well-being
  • Gender equality 
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Body-map Story Telling 


Impact and engagement

I am the Founder and Lead Consultant of MIST Workshops. 


The implications of COVID ‐19 on health and social care personnel in long‐term care facilities for older people: An international scoping review (2022-12-15)
Jones, Kerry; Schnitzler, Katy and Borgstrom, Erica
Health & Social Care in the Community, 30(6) (e3493-e3506)

A scoping review of the psychological and emotional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and young people. (2021)
Jones, K.; Mallon, Sharon and Schnitzler, Katy
Illness, Crisis & Loss ((Early access))

Long Term Care Staff Experience of Death Anxiety During Viral Outbreaks. (2021)
Jones, Kerry; Schnitzler, Katy and Borgstrom, Erica
In : 15th International Death, Dying & Disposal Conference (1-4 Sep 2021, Manchester Metropolitan University (Virtual))

"You're making people in the office feel very uncomfortable": Experiences of miscarriage in the pro-natal workplace (2022)
Schnitzler, Katy
Postgraduate Research Poster Competition, The Open University