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Biography

Cathy is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Psychosis Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. Her research interests centre on the use of neuroimaging and experimental medicine to (a) better understand the neurobiological mechanisms driving the onset of psychosis, and (b) develop novel treatments that better target the underlying pathophysiology.  

Cathy studied for her PhD in Biological Psychiatry at the IoPPN (2016-2019) supervised by Dr Paolo Fusar-Poli and Professor Philip McGuire. Her doctoral research focused on the neurophysiological effects of oxytocin in people at clinical high risk for psychosis. Cathy now works in Professor Sagnik Bhattacharyya’s Lab examining the effects of cannabidiol in the same patient population. Prior to her PhD, Cathy completed a BSc in Psychology, MSc in Psychiatric Research, and worked for a number of years in clinical mental health services and at University College London (UCL). 

Cathy has received a number of prizes and awards, including the Sir Robin Murray Prize for Academic Excellence, Early Career Researcher Paper of the Year Prize, British Association for Psychopharmacology Hannah Steinberg Award, IoPPN Excellence PhD Studentship and British Psychological Society University Prize. 

Research Interests

  • Early Intervention in Psychosis 
  • Neuropsychopharmacology 
  • Neuroimaging 
  • Experimental Medicine 
  • (Network) Meta-analysis 
  • Cannabinoids 

Research Groups

  • Translational Neuroscience & Psychiatry Lab (PI: Sagnik Bhattacharyya) 
  • CANTOP-RCT Study 
  • Department of Psychosis Studies