Kathryn Almack is Professor of Health, Young People and Family Lives in the School of Health and Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire and leads the Research Group “Communities, Young People & Family Lives” in CRIPACC (Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care). Previously, she was a core member of a world leading research centre – NCARE (Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Research into Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care), University of Nottingham, 2006-17. She has a background in Community Development Work. She is a sociologist with a particular interest in the sociology of family lives and other close relationships of care in people's lives. Her research has explored a range of issues relating to palliative and end of life care; other topic areas include LGBT family lives; domestic violence; young people with learning disabilities. She has expertise in researching sensitive and ethically challenging topics and a range of qualitative methodologies.