Dr. Karla Perez Portilla

Research Officer, Scotland

Karla is a Research Officer for the Mental Health Foundation in Scotland and primarily researches and evaluates the impact of the See Me programme.

Her main research interests include intersectionality, stereotypes, stigma, demeaning representations in the media, and the impact of discrimination on mental health.

Karla is a member of the Equality and Diversity Committee of the Law Society of Scotland. Her recent book Redressing Everyday Discrimination was published by Routledge in 2016. She has a PhD in anti-discrimination law, an MSc in equality and discrimination, and an LLB (bachelor of law) degree.

Karla has worked for the Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, taught at the University of Strathclyde, Faculty of Education and at University College London, Faculty of Law. She also has practical experience working with the West of Scotland Regional Equality Council in projects that promote equality and provide services that help people, across all protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation) to challenge discrimination and hate crime.

To look after her mental health, Karla loves being by the sea, in the sea and under the sea! Failing that - crocheting works for her all year round.

Contact: kperezportilla@mentalhealth.org.uk