Kathleen Vancleef

Assistant Professor

Kathleen completed her PhD in 2013 at University of Leuven (Belgium) where she studied perceptual organisation with psychophysical and neuropsychological methods. She then moved to Newcastle University (UK). Under the lead of Prof Jenny Read, she developed and validated ASTEROID, a 3D vision test for children with lazy eye that works on a tablet. In 2018, she started her Stroke Association Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Oxford (UK). Since October 2021, she is an Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at Durham University. She is currently supported by an NIHR Advanced Fellowship.

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Kate Cowen

Postdoctoral researcher

Kate is an Occupational Therapist with experience in social care, criminal justice and homeless sector. For her PhD, she researched older men’s participation in social activities through qualitative and interpretive methods and co-production.

Kate will be managing the diagnostic accuracy study of our Oxford Visual Perception Screen (OxVPS): comparing our 15 minute OxVPS against the present gold standard which can take 45 minutes to administer.

Katrine Sand

Visiting PhD student

Katrine studies visual perceptual deficits in adults with cerebral palsy at the University of Copenhagen.

The aim of her PhD-project is to investigate how adults with cerebral palsy experience vision impairments and to describe the types of visual perceptual impairments that can be seen in adults with cerebral palsy.

The project is funded by the Elsass Foundation (Denmark), which aims to improve the quality of life for people with cerebral palsy and their families (Principal investigator: Assistant Professor Ro Robotham).

Isabel Bartolome

Summer intern

Isabel is an undergraduate student at the University of Durham reading Psychology, with an interest in cognitive and biological psychology. She won a Laidlaw Scholarship to develop her research and leadership skills.

Her research aims to contribute to the process of diversifying psychological research with the development of a translated visual perception screening test and collecting normative data from South-East Asian participants. 


PhD student

Are you interested in our work? Why not join us. We are growing our team and would love to hear from you. You do not need a background in Psychology, we are an interdisciplinary team.

Together, we can apply for departmental studentships, the Durham Doctoral Studentships, Chinese Scholarship Council scholarships, NINE DTP, Fight for Sight studentships, Stroke Association Postgraduate Fellowship, NIHR doctoral fellowship, Dunhill Medical Trust doctoral training fellowship, British Heart Foundation PhD Studentships, Action Medical Research Training Fellowship. To start in October 2023, please get in touch in October 2022.

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Postdoctoral researcher

To explore your own research interests and develop your own line of work, you can apply for Addison Wheeler Fellowships, British Heart Foundation fellowships, Dunhill Medical Trust postdoctoral fellowship, Stroke Association postdoctoral fellowship, Wellcome Trust Early Career Awards, Newton International Fellowship, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral fellowship, and others. Get in touch to hear how we can support you and your career.

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Research assistant or MSc research student

Want to find out if a research career is for you? Want to get research experience for your application for a Clinical Psychology Doctorate course? Why not join us! We regularly have short and long term opportunities.

Paid summer internship schemes we can apply for are AVA Undergraduate Research Scholarship, BPS Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme. Deadline for these are typically in March, so get in touch in January. Durham University students can join us through the Research Assistant Scheme or apply for a Laidlaw summer internship.

If you want to get a real feel of research and get a MSc on top, you can join us for a 1-year research project. There are several scholarships available with specific opportunities for students from developing countries and refugees.

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Former team members

Xiaotong (Nancy) Ding – Research Assistant

Federica Guazzo – Research Assistant

Michael Colwell – Research Assistant

Corin Harrison – Summer Intern

Sara Dabek – Nuffield Foundation summer intern

Want to work with us?

I am interested to hear from keen students who are considering a MSc, PhD or postdoc in my research area. Get in touch for an informal discussion.