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NIHR RDS SE Programme Manager
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Kate joined RDS SE as Programme Manager in September 2021. She is based at the Centre for Health Services Sudies, (CHSS) University of Kent. She is a Chartered Psychologist, and prior to moving into research management was a Research Fellow in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.
She trained at the University of Sheffield, completing a BSc (2003), MSc in research methods (2005), and PhD in social psychology and music (2010). Kate’s PhD research was carried out under the tutelage of Professors Chris Spencer and Stephanie Pitts. She has undertaken postdoctoral research with the Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre, as well as working for the Sheffield Cognitive and Neuroimaging Laboratory within Academic Clinical Psychiatry.
Kate has since spent six years as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she established the first cross-faculty undergraduate course in music psychology while teaching research methods and postgraduate courses on critical perspectives on mental health and wellbeing. She has supervised numerous PhD and MSc students.
Her research focuses on musicians’ careers (the nature of portfolio working), and wellbeing (particularly performance anxiety and perfectionism). She uses applied methodologies and lifespan, career, and social identity frameworks to understand musicians’ lives and work.
A former trustee for the British Association for Music Therapy, she is now a trustee for the City Music Foundation.
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