Katie is a PhD student within the Mood Disorders Research Group and is based in Cardiff University.
Katie graduated in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Bath. During her degree she completed a year-long work placement at Harvard University, in which she conducted research on visual mental imagery and perception. Following graduation, Katie worked as a Research Assistant within the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research Group at Cardiff University. During this time, Katie helped conduct research on the causes of adolescent depression, which sparked her interest in mental health research.
In 2012, Katie was awarded an MRC Studentship, during which she completed three projects within Psychological Medicine at Cardiff University before commencing her PhD research. Her projects investigated brain white matter in bipolar disorder, genetic influences on impulsivity, and finally the role of sleep in postpartum psychosis. She decided to pursue her final project as a PhD in 2013 with the Mood Disorder Research Group. Her research explores how disruptions to sleep might impact individuals with bipolar disorder. This is particularly important for life events that are characterised by sleep loss, such as childbirth, hence Katie’s research also looks at sleep during pregnancy and how this might influence risk for postnatal mood episodes.
Katie has a keen interest in public engagement. In addition to volunteering for events such as Cardiff Brain Games, is on the committee for Cardiff SciScreen and has written a blog on sleep for the National Centre for Mental Health.