Catherine Roberts (PSY400 Conflict, Trauma and Collective Memory: Psychology and the Great War)

Catherine Roberts was awarded her PhD for a social psychological thesis on the impact of victimisation and has since worked both in the UK and the US as an Independent Research Consultant, primarily in the areas of interpersonal violence, and the evaluation of therapeutic practice and the learning process. She was a founding member of the collective which launched the Rape Crisis movement in the UK, developing crisis and short term focused counselling practice for sexual abuse survivors, and, in the case of Domestic Violence, for offenders too. She was Research Fellow at the Tavistock Clinic in London (a Centre of Excellence for psychodynamic psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychology) from 1996 to 2003, heading a National Research Programme. She began teaching at Syracuse University London Centre in 1994, and has combined experience in research, therapeutic practice and teaching, each supporting the other. Areas of specific interest are victimisation on an interpersonal to global level, co-operation, conflict resolution and empathy. She is currently researching the social psychological aspects of Asperger’s Syndrome, through a professional qualification in Trauma Psychology. A new focus, responding to experience of teaching and counselling, is providing learning support and mentoring for study abroad students at Syracuse London.