After completing her psychology degree in 2009, Catherine worked as a research assistant on a longitudinal research project on the early predictors of reading difficulties in primary school aged children at Aston University as well as a project at the University of Birmingham investigating problem solving in 5-to-7 year olds. In 2009, Catherine was awarded ESRC funding to complete a Masters in Psychology research followed by a PhD in cognitive development at the University of Birmingham. For her Masters project, Catherine carried out an eye-tracking study with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder to investigate the use of context in language. Her PhD thesis focussed on the development of metacognition in 4-to-8 year olds, with a particular focus on children’s understanding of their own uncertainty. Whilst completing her PhD, Catherine also worked as a teacher for CIVITAS, teaching English and Maths to 4-to-11 year olds. Following this, Catherine worked as a Research Associate for Optima, a Psychology and Educational consultancy working on a project examining the ‘phonics screening check’, a statutory assessment at key stage 1 in UK primary schools. Catherine then worked as Teaching Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham as a module leader on ‘Introduction to Developmental Psychology’ and ‘Adolescent Mind and Brain’. Before working as a Lecturer in the School of Education, Catherine worked as a Research Fellow in the Jubilee Centre for Character and virtues investigating decision making in adolescence and the predictors of pro-social behaviour in moral development. Catherine also taught on the MA in Character Education.