Mar 062018

Catherine’s year as a Global Scholar:

  • Graduated from Queen’s University of Belfast, top 1% of universities worldwide
  • Awarded a Distinction (4.00 GPA) in the MSc Psychology of Childhood Adversity Program.
    • This program studies the impact of adversity and trauma on child development with a specific focus on identifying programs and interventions that can be implemented to improve the lives of young people growing up in adversity.
  • Thesis Title: Promoting prosocial behaviour towards refugees: Examining the empathy, attitude, action model in middle childhood.
  • Placement: Catherine spent the summer in Nairobi, Kenya as an Assistant Educational Psychologist helping to establish one of Kenya’s first child development clinics. This involved training local clinicians to conduct developmental assessments and assessing children for developmental disorders.
    • Rotary funds paid for this trip and paid for one developmental assessment kit for the clinic. This kit will be used by practitioners in Kenya.
    • Catherine presented at the Karen Rotary Club in Nairobi to lay the ground work for a partnership between the Karen Rotary Club and Child Development Clinic.


  • Given a grant by Capital Rotary Club to sponsor the continuation of her master’s research. Catherine is now an Honorary Researcher at Queen’s University and writing a chapter for a book on Children and Peace sponsored by UNICEF.
  • Catherine is also working part time for the local teaching college (Stranmillis University) conducting focus groups with newcomer children to identify their mental health needs. Newcomer children refers to children who move to Northern Ireland from another country and who do not speak English when they arrive.
  • Catherine also runs the Refugee Centre Welcome Centre for Syrian refugee children. In this role, she provides

Catherine would like to thank Rotary Club of Columbia Capital, Rotary District 7770 and the Rotary Club of Belfast for their support, encouragement, and friendship over the last two years. She is enthusiastic about continuing her relationship with Rotary and looks forward to partnering with Rotarians around the world in an effort to improve the lives of children and young people.


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