Dr Scott Yates

Job: Associate Professor

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort, University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 207 8703

E: syates@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/hls


Personal profile

After completing his PhD in Psychology, Scott joined the Division of Social Work and Youth and Community Development in 2004. He has worked on a range of research topics ralteing to young people and families, including education and employment, chronic illness and disability, and youth work. His most recent work has focused on the expriences and needs of families where a parent has a mental illness.

Research group affiliations

    • Institute for Research in Criminology and Community and Social Justice
    • Institute for Health & Health Policy

Publications and outputs

  • Reupert, A., Foster, K., Charles, G., Drost, L., Gladstone, B., Hine, R., McGaw, V. & Yates, S. (2021) Stigma in relation to families living with parental mental illness: An integrative review, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.
  • Yates, S. & Gatsou, L. (2020) Undertaking family-focused interventions when a parent has a mental illness - possibilities and challenges, Practice.
  • Knifton, C. & Yates, S. (2019) A “history of problematisations” for dementia education: A Foucauldian approach to understanding the framing of dementia, Journal of Research in Nursing. [JRN Veronica Bishop Paper of the Year 2019-2020]
  • Gatsou, L. & Yates, S. (2017) Enhancing Family Communication in Families Where a Parent has a Mental Illness, Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health, 2(3). https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/parentandfamily/vol2/iss3/1/
  • Gatsou, L. & Yates, S. (2016) Safeguarding and supporting families with parental mental illness: issues, challenges and possibilities. In T. McDougall (ed.) Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Essentials for Nurses and other Professionals. Taylor & Francis
  • Ola, B., Yates, S. & Dyson, S. (2016) Living with Sickle Cell Disease and Depression in Lagos, Nigeria: A Mixed Methods Study. Social Science and Medicine
  • Gatsou, L., Yates, S., Hussain, S., Barrett, M., Gangavati, S. & Ghafoor, R. (2016) Parental mental illness: incidence, assessment and practice, Mental Health Practice, 19(5), 25-27
  • Gatsou, L., Yates, S., Goodrich, N. & Pearson, N. (2015) The Challenges Presented by Parental Mental Illness and the Potential of a Whole Family Intervention to Improve Outcomes for Families, Child and Family Social Work, 22(1), 388-397
  • Yates, S. (2015) Neoliberalism and Disability: The Possibilities and Limitations of a Foucauldian Critique. Foucault Studies, 19, 84-107
  • Yates, S. (2015) Truth, power and ethics in care homes for people with learning difficulties. In S. Tremain (ed.) Foucault and the Government of Disability (revised ed). University of Michigan Press.

Key research outputs

Flemming, J., Ward, D. and Yates, S. (2010) How to use a consortium working approach. London: Participation Works

Payne, M., Yates, S. and Sallah, A. (2009) Skills development and occupational aspirations within E8 migrant groups in Leicester and Leicestershire. Coventry: Learning and Skills Council

Hoggarth, E., Anthony, D., Canton, R., Cartwright, I., Comfort, H., Payne, P., Shafiullah, M., Wood, J. and Yates, S. (2009) Evaluation of the Crash Course: Report to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, De Montfort University, Leicester

Yates, S. (2008) Youth's career aspirations and socio-economic outcomes in adulthood. Discussion paper published on The Wider Benefits of Learning website: http://www.learningbenefits.net/Publications/DiscussionPaperIntros/Youthcareerintro.htm

Yates, S. (2007) The Formation of Youth Identities, in M. Payne, D.I. Smith & B. Merton, Young People in Transitions: A review of recent research. Briefing paper commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills.

Research interests/expertise

  • Health and illness
  • Disability studies
  • Mental health and mental illness
  • Family mental health
  • Qualitative research methods

Areas of teaching

  • Research methods
  • Mental health
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Social policy and young people
  • Psychology


  • BSc (Hons) (1997)
  • PhD (2002)

Courses taught

ASCS5901 - The Dissertation (MA Youth Work and Community Development); ASCS5807 - Contemporary Social Issues; ASCS5808 - Mental Health; ASCS1804 - Introduction to Psychology; HEST5005 - Research Dilemmas and Strategies

Conference attendance

Yates S (2007a) Youth identities. Symposium paper presented to Work with Young People: Advancing Theory, Policy and Practice, Leicester, June 2007.

Yates S, Sabates R, Staff J & Harris A (2009) Socio-economic status, young people’s aspirations, and the transition to work. Paper presented to Centre for Research in Social Policy 25th Anniversary Conference, Loughborough, January 2009.

Yates S  (2010a) Psychosocial issues and transition for young people with SCD & thalassaemia. Paper presented to Organisation for Sickle Cell Research and Thalassaemia Support Conference, Sandwell, July 2010.

Yates S & Roulstone A (2010) Individualisation and ableism in transitions to work: The case of disabled young people and vocational training in England. Paper presented to Critical Disability Studies Conference, Manchester, May 2010.

Yates S (2010b) Sickle Cell Disease and young people in transition. Paper presented to Sickle Cell Disease: The Next 100 Years, Leicester, April 2010.

Yates S (2010c) The challenges for children and young people in hospitals and the case for youth work. Keynote address to 1st Annual Hospital Youth Work Conference, London, February 2010.

Yates S (2011) Young people with thalassaemia and transitions to adulthood. Paper presented to 12th International Conference on Thalassaemia and the Hemoglobinopathies, Antalya, Turkey, May 2011.

Consultancy work

Youth-oriented services and social policy; health, illness and young people; learning disabilities; young people and identity; young people, aspirations and transitions to work.

Previous consultancy: External consultant, Princeton University/Institute of Employment/Pennsylvania State University research project on “careers aspirations and educational expectations.” Funded by The Jacobs Foundation. February - March 2008

Consulted by policy advisor to Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan on youth services and social policy in the UK. March 2010.

Current research students

  • Sarah Thomson, research PhD (2nd supervisor): Reasonable Adjustments, Professional Placements and Disabled Students in Universities.
  • Bola Ola, research PhD (2nd supervisor): The experiences of young people with sickle cell disease in Nigeria.
  • Charnelle Longe, research PhD (2nd supervisor): English literature and the education of adolescents.
  • Chris Knifton, DHSci thesis (2nd supervisor): A Foucauldian analysis of dementia education in nursing.
  • Jackie Martin, research PhD (2nd supervisor): Participatory research with adults with Aspergers.

Externally funded research grants information

Self-efficacy and self-care for young people with chronic kidney disease - NHS Kidney Care - July 2012 - Present. PI Iain Williamson

Evaluation of Vinspired youth volunteering project - Team V - January 2012 - Present. PI Thilo Boeck

Think Family/Whole Family: working with children of people with mental illness¬ – HIEC - September 2011-present. CI. Nigel Goodrich, Lina Gatsou (Leicestershire Partnership Trust).

The impact of creative work with young people in the East Midlands - The Mighty Creatives - September 2011-present. CI. Mary Tyler, Sarah Hargreaves, Raksha Pandya.

Evolution of the Impact of Community Development Workers - National Mental Health Development Unit - October 2010 – March 2011. CI. Jason Wood, Peter Norrie, James Dooher.

Skills development and occupational aspirations within E8 migrant groups in Leicestershire – Learning and Skills Council/Leicestershire County Council – June-September 2009. CI. Malcolm Payne, Abdouille Sallah.

Participation Works Evaluation – Participation Works Consortium - October 2008 - March 2010. CI. Jenny Fleming, Thilo Boeck, Isabelle Cartwright, David Ward, Steve MacKenzie.

Staffordshire Fire Service “Crash Course evaluation – Staffordshire Fire Service – September 2008 - June 2009. CI. Liz Hoggarth, Hilary Comfort, Jason Wood, Isabelle Cartwright.

Evaluation of Leicestershire Children’s Centres, October 2007 - February 2008. CI. Elizabeth Barner, Malcolm Payne.

DfES policy review for 10 year youth strategy – DfES – February - March 2007. CI. Malcolm Payne, Doug Smith, YCD.

Birmingham Children’s Fund Evaluation Service – Birmingham Children’s Fund – April 2006 - March 2008. CI. Liz Hoggarth, Hilary Comfort.

Internally funded research project information

Inquiry into youth work and the Integrated Youth Offer – YCD internal funding – October 2008 – October 2010. CI. Bernard Davies, Bryan Merton, YCD.

Professional esteem indicators

  • Reviewer, Journal of Youth Studies
  • Reviewer, Ethnicity and Health
  • Reviewer, Developmental Psychology
  • Reviewer, Sociological Research Online
  • Reviewer, Qualitative Health Research
  • Reviewer, NIHR Programme Grants For Applied Research
  • External examiner, PhD - University of Exeter.

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