Catherine M. Mulvenna
Visiting Researcher
Collaborating with : Frank E. Pollick
Catherine Mulvenna obtained her undergraduate M.A. (hons) in Psychology (First Class) and an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded M.Sc. in Research Methods in Psychological Science (Distinction) here at the University of Glasgow in 2003 and 2004. Since then, Catherine’s research has been carried out between the UK and US, completing a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience/Psychology from University College London (UCL) and a UCL Bogue Fellowship to Yale University Medical School and John B. Pierce Laboratory (2007-2008, Lawrence E. Marks; probability approaches to human sensory behaviour), and Texas A&M University (summer 2007, Steven M. Smith; emergence in creative cognition), and EPS and ESRC funded fieldwork expedition to study the Himba tribes via the University of Namibia, Africa. At the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 2008-11, Catherine headed an NIMH funded randomized controlled trial that explored the psychological, physical, and neurological impact of trauma and stress processing interventions using written disclosure (the ‘expressive writing’ paradigm) with Annette Stanton and the Stress & Coping Lab. Catherine was hired back to Yale (2011-13) as a postdoc under Jeremy R. Gray and the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab to complete a case-control study of individuals with atypical neuroconnectivity and high cognitive creativity in the student population, before conducting a rotation of clinical populations (Veterans who developed psychosis after military service, Yale/West Haven VA Hospital; maternal response to infants in mothers who were addicted during pregnancy, Yale Child Study Center and Department of Psychiatry Clinical Affective Neuroscience Lab). Catherine returned to the UK to complete clinical re-specialisation with the NHS (2013-16) and delivered multi-modal evidence-based interventions to NHS Adult Mental Health, and Child & Adolescent Mental Health, while earning an MsMedSc. In 2016 Catherine returned to the School of Psychology, University of Glasgow. Her multidisciplinary work includes policy-oriented investigations of effective mental health interventions adapted for higher education campuses (RCT for anticipatory exam anxiety), explorations of cost-effective interventions to tackle mental health waiting lists (with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Service), the understanding of psychosis prevalence in HE populations (with Heather Ferguson, University of Kent), and the interplay between mental health and higher education policy in the UK. Catherine also continues collaborations on non-clinical atypical cognition and behaviours in rare populations (imagination cognitions in synesthetes, Frank Pollick, V.S. Ramachandran, Jeremy Gray) and general populations (with Lawrence E Marks, Yale; Steven M Smith, Texas A&M) and is writing up a guilty backlog of data! Overall, Catherine is dedicated to the application of robust psychological science to empower individuals and the systems in which they live, work, and learn.
Catherine M. Mulvenna
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