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Dr Catherine Grainger, Lecturer in Psychology

About me:

I first studied psychology at Durham University, where I completed a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Before starting my PhD, I worked as a research associate at Durham University, and then went on to complete a PhD in Psychology at the University of Kent. After working as a post-doctoral researcher, I joined Stirling in April 2016.   I am a non-autistic researcher, and am passionate about equality diversity and inclusion, in both research and teaching in Higher Education.

Research Interests:

My research mainly focusses on cognition in autistic and non-autistic adults. I am particularly interested in understanding how aspects of cognition (e.g., self-awareness) relate to mental health outcomes and quality of life in autism. I also research episodic memory, prospective memory, theory-of-mind, and alexithymia. I am always happy to talk about research ideas and to meet with potential students. Please feel free to email me or come by my office during my office hours. I also welcome students interested in applying for a PhD within an area of my research interests.


Principle Investigator:

£15,000 Carnegie Trust |2023-2024| University of Stirling

Research Incentive Grant: The Development and Validation of the Autistic Experiences of Microaggressions (AEMS) Scale.

£65,616 Royal Society of Edinburgh| 2021-2022| University of Stirling

Sabbatical Research Award. Project: Understanding anxiety in Autism: Is metacognition the missing link?

£109,677 Academy of Medical Sciences| 2019-2022| University of Stirling

Springboard Grant. Project: Remembering to remember: What techniques can be used to support prospective memory in autistic adults?

Read more about my research and find my publications here.