Catarina’s background is grounded in cognitive neuroscience; she completed her PhD in Psychology from York University in 2017, investigating semantic memory using magnetoencephalography and transcranial magnetic stimulation. More specifically, her research was aimed at the temporal progression of semantic retrieval processes, with a focus on the different roles of anterior and posterior areas of the temporal lobe. She then worked as a postdoctoral research associate on a large scale resting-state neuroimaging project in the mindwandering lab at York University, before making a move to mental health research working for the COMIC team. At the moment Catarina is working as Trial Coordinator on the ASPECT trial (Alleviating Specific Phobias Experienced by Children Trial). This is a non-inferiority randomised controlled trial comparing the clinical and cost-effectiveness of one-session treatment (OST) with multi session cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) in children with specific phobias.