Catherine completed a BSc in Psychology with Neuroscience at the University of Leicester in 2004 and then a Ph.D in Psychology at the University of Nottingham in 2008. After her Ph.D, Catherine stayed as a postdoc at the University of Nottingham until 2010 when she took a position as temporary lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. In 2011 Catherine then moved to the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm where she won two fellowships, the Wenner Gren foreign researcher fellowship and Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship before starting her lectureship at the University of York in 2015.
My research interests focus on self-awareness and body perception in relation to underlying neural mechanisms and mental health and well-being. My current research projects investigate (1) in how perinatal bodily changes influence maternal and infant health and well-being (2) how body perception can influence emotion in relation to disordered eating and (3) how body perception influences the experience of chronic pain. The methods I use include neuroimaging, behavioural experiments and psychometric techniques.
Catherine’s research has received funding from the Dunhill Medical Trust, Wenner Gren Foundations, Marie Curie Actions, the British Academy and Hjärnfonden.
Catherine was a member of the team that won first prize in the 2012 Neural Correlate Society’s Illusion of The Year contest, with the disappearing hand trick.
Carey, M., & Preston, C. (2019). Investigating the Components of Body Image Disturbance Within Eating Disorders. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 635.