Katie MacBride

Katie MacBride is a health science reporter for Inverse. She covers mental health, the pandemic, drugs, and basically anything that affects the body.

Prior to joining the Inverse team, she wrote for Vice News, Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, and Playboy, among other publications. In 2018, Katie was a story and field producer for Weediatrics, a documentary about the pediatric use of medical cannabis. In 2015, she and some friends started Anxy, a magazine about mental health.

Prior to her forays into journalism, Katie was a public librarian. When she’s not working, Katie can be found hanging out with her dog, rewatching TV shows she’s seen a million times, reading, and going to Lake Tahoe as much as humanly possible. She also spends way too much time on Twitter, where you can follow her @msmacb.

Happy Holidays

Covid-19 and the holiday season: Tests, travel, and vaccine questions answered

There are ways to minimize your risk of contracting or transmitting Covid-19 over the holiday season.

Mind and Body
Mind and Body

Does smell training work for Covid-19 anosmia? Here's what scientists know

Covid-19 has caused 1.6 million Americans to lose their sense for longer than six months.

Mind and Body

Covid-19: We're already forgetting the best lesson from the 1918 pandemic

There are individual and collective dangers to this forced amnesia.


Does scream therapy work?

The real science behind the controversial method.

Think fast

Can fasting be good for you? Two studies reveal how it changes the body

Here’s why the eating pattern can result in health benefits.

Stop! Hammer time

How excited should you be about the Covid pill? 7 critical questions answered

The Merck drug could become the first antiviral pill for Covid-19.

Mind and Body

Sleep and psychiatric diagnoses: Scientists explain a complicated link

New research illustrates the strength of the connection between mental health and sleep.


To boost or not to boost: 10 questions about Covid-19 boosters answered

There's a lot of conflicting information about Covid-19 booster shots. Here's what you need to know.


Doctors say how to untangle mental and sexual health

Medical professionals unravel the complex link between sexual and mental health.

Listen up

Psychedelic therapy can work better if this element is in the mix — study

Scientists examine why psilocybin and music are such a powerful combination.

Put a pin in that

Scientists achieve a remarkable breakthrough for treatment-resistant depression

Deep brain stimulation for depression has yielded mixed results. These researchers think they've fixed the problem.

Don't Panic

Ted Lasso's focus on therapy is its greatest gift

Psychologists say Ted Lasso's skepticism of therapy helps address mental health, mental illness, and questions about therapy.


What mental health experts say people get wrong about divorce

Is a “painless” divorce possible? Experts say that’s the wrong question.

Mind and Body

What’s in Covid-19 vaccines? Hint: no microchips

A simple breakdown of every ingredient in the Covid-19 vaccines.


Why anti-vaxxers are twisting the facts behind the Chantix recall

Pfizer recalled Chantix. Anti-vaxxers felt vindicated. Here’s why they’re wrong.

Mask up

This psychological trick could get people to follow Covid-19 rules

“The advocacy-mindfulness combination is so powerful because it makes people think about their own behavior.”