Senior Policy Associate
Catherine joined the Mowat Centre as a Senior Policy Associate in May 2018, bringing experience from the intersection of technology and mental health. They hold a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and a PhD in History & Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Catherine has worked as a machine learning researcher, web developer, resident philosopher in a virtual reality lab, and lecturer at universities in Canada, the USA, and Germany. Their most recent research, at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, focused on how to reform psychiatric classification and treatment systems to reflect the broad scope of influences on mental health, from genetics up to social factors.
In addition to writing for academic journals and books, Catherine has contributed commentary to media outlets including The Globe and Mail, Christian Science Monitor, and CBC Radio. As a craftivist, they co-founded The Soft City, a participatory civic engagement project that invites the public to re-imagine built infrastructure by helping create a miniature city-scape. Catherine’s work has been featured in Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitters’ Handbook, Canadian Living, Bust, Shameless, and the National Gallery of Canada.