Catherine Elizabeth Jane Preston

Catherine Elizabeth Jane Preston


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Research interests

My research interests focus on how the brain processes information about the body particularly in relation to human development and clinical disorders. Currently I am using multisensory body illusions and functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine behavioural and neural links between body perception and emotion in disordered eating. I am also interested in how body perception changes through childhood, during pregnancy, and in response to chronic pain.


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.

Employment History

Psychology Lecturer, University of York, UK 
Postdoctoral Fellow, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
Psychology Lecturer (fixed-term), Nottingham Trent University Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Nottingham (ESRC funded). Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Nottingham (ESRC funded). Research Assistant (part-time), UoN (Unilever funded). 

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