Catharine Gale

Honorary Fellow

  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room 2.01, Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code


  • I am based in Hampshire so work mostly from a distance and visit Edinburgh for a few days each month. Please email to arrange to meet or to speak on the phone.


After graduating with a 1st class degree in Population Studies from the University of Southampton, Catharine Gale obtained a Medical Research Council studentship and completed a PhD on the role of antioxidant vitamins in cerebrovascular disease and cognitive decline at the MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit (now the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit) at the University of Southampton. Catharine currently leads work on cognitive function across the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology’s five programmes of research. She was appointed as a part-time Reader in Cognitive Epidemiology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. She is co-leader of the Cognitive Epidemiology research group at the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh. Catharine is Professor of Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Southampton.

Undergraduate teaching

Catharine currently teaches a 4th year option entitled ‘Intelligence, Personality and Health’, which is also available to MSc students, lectures on cognitive epidemiology in the MSc module ‘Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology’, and, in her role of Convenor of the Psychology Ethics Committee, lectures on ethics in research to 2nd year students and MSc students.   She also runs a tutorial group on doing a literature review for 3rd year students and a tutorial group on psychology for 4th year students.

Student consultation hours

Catharine lives in Hampshire and works part-time at the University of Southampton. For this reason she does not have fixed office hours each week in Edinburgh, but she visits regularly and is happy to speak to students either in person during these visits or via Skype or phone. The best way to contact her to arrange a meeting or chat is via email at

Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

The relationship between cognitive function and later health outcomes, the role of positive or negative wellbeing in later health outcomes, and lifecourse influences on frailty in older people