Dr Catarina Teige
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 as a research fellow. Within the COMIC team she has worked on ASSSIST2 (Autism Spectrum Social Stories™ In Schools Trial 2), MARS (MicroRNA Autism Research Study), and ASPECT (Alleviating Specific Phobia Experienced by Children Trial). ASSSIST2 is a pragmatic randomised controlled trial investigating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Social Stories™ compared to standard care in schools; MARS is a feasibility trial looking into using microRNAs as biological marker for autism in families where there are a lot of family members with autism; ASPECT is a pragmatic randomised controlled trial comparing One Session Treatment and multisession Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the treatment of specific phobia. For more information about these research trials, go to the research tab at the top of the page (or https://www.comic.org.uk/research).
In January 2020 Catarina took on the research programme manager position for the team working on grant applications for future research funding and publication of research findings.