Katherine Patterson

About Katherine

Before studying Psychology at Newcastle University, Katherine was educated at St Thomas More Catholic School, in Blaydon. Whilst in Sixth Form, she helped set up a peer counselling service in her school, demonstrating a keen interest in mental health. Her love for volunteering as a peer councillor came from the rewarding experience of seeing the changes in young peoples’ confidence over the span of just a few weeks.

During her time as a peer councillor, she completed an audit on student wellbeing to obtain support for the project. Seeing changes as a result of the audit brought to light the importance of scientific research into mental health and spurred on her passion to complete a research placement with Newcastle University. Specifically, looking into the effects of childhood emotional neglect.

During her placement year, Katherine is looking into the effects of childhood emotional neglect. Completing a research placement has given her a greater understanding of the impact that charities such as Building Self-Belief CIO can have on a young person’s life. She is looking forward to working with and learning from the Building Self-Belief team.

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