Dr Catharina Van der Boor
BSc MSc PhD
15-17 Tavistock Place
I completed my BSc in Psychology at the University of Utrecht. After my BSc, I went on to pursue an MSc in Global Mental Health from the University of Glasgow. Following my MSc, I completed my PhD at the University of Liverpool.
I have taught on the following modules;
- Research methods and statistics (University of Liverpool)
- Forensic and clinical psychology (University of Liverpool)
- Lifespan, development, health and wellbeing (University of Liverpool)
- Integration of excluded populations (Externado University)
I am a Global Mental Health researcher with a specific interest in conflict, mental health, and social determinants of wellbeing. During my PhD I conducted research on the mental health and wellbeing of forcibly displaced populations in high-income countries using the Capability Approach. This culminated in the development and publication of a capability-based wellbeing measure for female migrants in high-income settings.
Following my PhD, I worked as a postdoctoral research associate on a participatory action research project looking at the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of the indigenous Kankuamo community in Colombia. For this project, I conducted fieldwork in Colombia, and co-developed a capability-based mental health and wellbeing measure together with members of the Kankuamo community. The aim of the project was to develop a mental health and wellbeing measure that could speak to the understandings of wellbeing and broader worldviews of the Kankuamo people.
I now work as a postdoctoral research fellow on the CHANGE project at LSHTM.The aim of CHANGE is to develop and implement a brief psychological intervention to reduce alcohol misuse and co-occurring psychological problems in conflict-affected populations.