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Caroline Falconer

Research Fellow,



Dr. Caroline J Falconer is a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham in the National Institute of Health Research MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative ( specializing in technology innovation, design and evaluation in mental healthcare.

Her current interests and projects in MindTech include:

  • Conceptualization, design and evaluation of Avatar Therapy. She is interested in embodiment, perspective talking and mentalizing processes that can be aided by virtual environments and avatars for the benefit of mental health. Caroline also has a particular interest in cultivating (self)compassion through virtual reality medium and mental imagery.
  • Design and evaluation of a digital platform for the delivery of behavioral therapy and self-monitoring for Tourette Syndrome and tic disorders.
  • Technological interactions with the Bodily Self for the benefit of mental health and wellbeing.
  • Gamification and gaming for promoting mental health and prosocial beahaviour

She obtained a PhD (2012) in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Bern, Switzerland and her M.A. (2008) in Psychology from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Expertise Summary

2012 - 2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Clinical Psychology, University College London, UK.

Caroline worked on embodiment processes and how embodiment processes can be used to investigate and treat people diagnosed with mental health problems. More specifically, she investigated how perspective changes in imagery, embodiment of avatars and immersion in virtual reality can be used to promote psychological health. She also investigated the relationship between virtual avatar embodiment and autobiographical memory.

2010-2012: PhD, Institute for Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland.

Caroline's PhD area of expertise was the underlying mechanisms of bodily self-consciousness and the body schema, with a particular focus on the contribution of multisensory signals. The multisensory integration of vestibular, visual, somatosensory, proprioceptive, and motor signals give rise to the perception of self-identity, agency and embodiment. She also specialized in imagery and embodiment as a function of top-down and bottom-up processes.

2008-2010: R.A. Neuroscience Institute, University of Dundee, UK.

Owing to her undergraduate specialization in behavioural neuroscience and habit formation, Caroline went on to research the mechanisms of pre- and postsynaptic processes of short-term plasticity and endocannabinoid signalling through the electrophysiological technique of paired whole cell patch-clamp recordings.

Teaching Summary

Lectures in Clinical Psychology (Undergraduate)

University College London, Clinical Educational and Health Psychology, London (2013 - 2014).

Advances in Depressive Cognition: To review recent findings concerning the characteristics of depressive thinking, contrasting its content (negative beliefs and attributions) with the processes involved. To consider how depressive thinking is linked to the prolongation of the disorder and how it can be modified by psychological treatment.

Memory Processes in PTSD: To characterize the main diagnostic feature of PTSD, intrusive memories, and how this relates to its neurobiology. To describe a current memory-based model of PTSD and how it relates to treatment.

Empirical Projects for Research Methods in Psychology (MSc)

University College London, Clinical Educational and Health Psychology, London (2013 - 2014).

Convener and supervisor of the Empirical Projects module in the Research Methods in Psychology (MSc). Supervised the conceptualization, design, execution and analysis of these.

Neuropharmacology Teaching Assistant

University of Dundee, Institute of Medical Science, Centre for Neuroscience, Scotland (2008 - 2010).

Teaching neuropharmacology practical classes for undergraduate pharmacology, neuroscience and medical students. Class topics include synaptic plasticity, dopamine signalling, calcium channel kinetics, and GPCR signalling and trafficking.

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