Dr Catarina Teige
Catarina is the research programme manager for the team, overseeing grant applications for future research funding and publication of research findings. Her 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), ASPECT (Alleviating Specific Phobia Experienced by Children Trial), and MARS (MicroRNA Autism Research Study). ASPECT and ASSSIST2 are large scale pragmatic randomised controlled trials funded by the NIHR, whereas MARS is a feasibility trial looking into using microRNAs as biological marker for autism, part funded by the Wellcome Trust through Centre for Future Health. 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).