Dr Catherine Sebastian

Personal profile

Research

My research looks at how young people learn to regulate or control their emotions, and how this relates to socioemotional wellbeing and mental health. In particular, I study reactive aggression: that is, aggression caused by threat, frustration or provocation, and which is associated with excessive emotional reactivity and poor emotion regulation. I work with both typically developing adults and adolescents as well as young people with conduct problems. I use a variety of research methods from cognitive neuroscience and developmental psychology, including functional and structural neuroimaging, cognitive testing, and questionnaires. I direct the Emotion, Development & Brain Lab, and our work has received funding from the ESRC and British Academy. Please see our website for more information.

Teaching

I currently teach on the BSc 3rd year option 'Developmental Disorders'. I also contribute to 3rd year options 'Advanced Developmental Psychology' and 'The Social Brain', and supervise projects for BSc Psychology. MSc Clinical Psychology and MSc Forensic Psychology.

Other Service

I am currently Deputy Director of Graduate Studies within the Department of Psychology, with co-responsibility for a programme of ~35 PhD students. I conduct peer review for >20 academic journals, as well as for funding bodies including the ESRC, MRC, Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust.

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