Catherine completed a certification course in counselling and hypnotherapy before progressing to achieve a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons Psych) degree in psychology accredited by the PSI at Dublin Business School (DBS) and was then accepted onto the Masters in Literature / Doctorate (MLITT/PhD) in Psychology program at University College Dublin (UCD), specializing in neuropsychology for her doctorate. Catherine continues to publish in the areas of neuropsychology and mental health related quality of life, associated with chronic pain condition(s).
After working for 25 years in the Irish healthcare services industry, Catherine became aware of the lack of mental health support services for people and specifically those living with a chronic pain condition. It was this lack of support service availability that motivated Catherine to focus her research for her undergraduate degree and subsequently her doctoral thesis, on the health related quality of life of those living with Fibromyalgia and Scleroderma. During this period Catherine volunteered her time at Raynaud's and Scleroderma Ireland, a charity set up to assist those living with the condition. Catherine later gave her time on the board of Directors & also as the Irish representative of the Federation of European Scleroderma Associations (FESCA). Catherine continues to operate support services for those living with Scleroderma in conjunction with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension association Ireland, based in the Mater Hospital Dublin. Catherine has presented and published her research findings to increase awareness of this rare condition. She continues to organize support group events to improve quality of life and is involved in ongoing research projects in varied associated areas.
Catherine’s doctoral thesis also focused on the psychological and neuropsychological impact of Fibromyalgia, to our knowledge conducting the largest study into the impact on health related quality of life (HRQoL) at that time. She then developed specific memory training programs, “Fun ways of fighting fibrofog” & "Pain Coping Strategies" workshops to limit the impact of FMS and chronic pain symptoms on daily function.
Catherine is a Consultant Neuropsychologist and will be operating a weekly memory clinic and conducting research at the Mater Hospital. She is also the co-Director and lead psychologist at Mental Perk Psychological Services, which provides a variety of mental health care services to individuals, institutions, small businesses, corporations and other psychologists. Catherine is also Mental Perk‘s resident neuropsychologist and its memory and chronic pain specialist.
She is also currently in the process of writing the book ‘Fibromyalgia – Finding fun in a foggy world! (A guide to coping with the symptoms of FMS)’.
If you have been diagnosed with a Chronic Pain condition and interested in participating in current or future research projects please contact Dr. Catherine Norton directly
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