Kathleen White graduated in Medicine from the University of Dundee with Prizes in Pathology, Psychiatry, Medicine, Pharmacology and Therapeutics. She did her general medicine and one year in Neurology and Neurosurgery in Dundee.
She subsequently trained in Neurology Middlesbrough and Newcastle-upon-Tyne; finally finishing her specialist training in Manchester. Her clinical and laboratory research was funded by the Vera Downs award and was on the genetic basis of Hereditary Spastic Paraparesis in families from the North East of England. This contributed to narrowing the region on chromosome 2 containing the Spastin gene. Her specialist interests have always included epilepsy and as Senior Registrar in Newcastle, she was instrumental in setting up one of the first pregnancy databases for women with epilepsy in the North East of England and with Dr Margaret Jackson (Consultant Neurologist) set up the first Epilepsy clinic in Newcastle.
She was appointed as a Consultant in Neurology in 2002, becoming one of two consultants providing epilepsy services to Tayside.
In 2006 she set up a Joint neurology and psychiatry clinic for patients with Neurological Functional disorders with Dr Alexander M. Stewart Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist.
She is married to David Mowle Consultant Neurosurgeon, is a keen singer and border collie owner.