Kate GeeResearch Fellow
Royal College of Music

Kate Gee is Research Fellow in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music and an honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London. She trained as a psychologist at the University of Sheffield, completing a BSc (2003), MSc in research methods (2005), and PhD in social psychology and music (2010). Kate’s PhD research was carried out under the tutelage of Chris Spencer and Stephanie Pitts.

She has undertaken postdoctoral research with the Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre, as well as working for the Sheffield Cognitive and Neuroimaging Laboratory within Academic Clinical Psychiatry. Kate has since spent five years as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she established the first cross-faculty undergraduate course in music psychology while teaching research methods and postgraduate courses on critical perspectives on mental health and wellbeing. She has supervised numerous PhD and MSc students.

Her research focusses on music-making, musicians’ careers (the nature of portfolio working), and wellbeing (particularly performance anxiety and perfectionism). She uses applied methodologies and lifespan, career, and social identity frameworks to understand musicians’ lives and work. She is a trustee for the British Association for Music Therapy.

Email: kate.gee@rcm.ac.uk

Current projects




Gee K, Hawes V, & Cox NA (2019), Blue Notes: using songwriting to improve student mental health and wellbeing. A pilot randomised controlled trial, Frontiers in Psychology, 10 (423), 1-12 [DOI].


Prosser T, Gee K, & Jones F (2018), A meta-analysis of effectiveness of E-interventions to reduce alcohol consumption in college and university students, Journal of American College Health, 66, 292-301 [DOI].


Lee K-H, Tsoi DT, Khokhar JA, Swalli S, Gee K, Pluck G, & Woodruff PWR (2012), Performance on the continuous performance test under parametric increase of working memory load in Schizophrenia, Psychiatry Research, 197, 350-352 [DOI].


Spencer C & Gee K (2011), Environmental psychology, in PK Smith & CH Hart (eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Blackwell [DOI].


Tsoi DT, Lee KH, Gee KA, Holden K (2008), Humour experience in schizophrenia: relationship with executive dysfunction and psychosocial impairment, Psychological Medicine, 38, 801-810 [DOI].

Tsoi DT, Lee KH, Khokar WA, Mir NU, Swalli JS, Gee KA, Pluck G, & Woodruff PW (2008), Is facial emotion recognition impairment in schizophrenia identical for different emotions? A signal detection analysis, Schizophrenia Research, 99, 263-269 [DOI].