Staff Profile


Dr Kate Gee

Academic Sessional

School: Academic Sessional

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923916

Profile summary


Dr. Kate Gee joined the Department of Psychology in April 2013 and is now a Senior Lecturer. Her research focuses on music-making, careers and wellbeing. She utilises applied methodologies, and lifespan, career, and social identity frameworks to understand phenomena in the lives of musicians. She is part of the editorial board for the journal Arts and Health, and has recently been appointed a trustee at the British Association for Musict Therapy.

Dr. Gee was awarded her PhD in Psychology (2010) from The University of Sheffield. She worked under the supervision of Prof. Chris Spencer and Prof. Stephanie Pitts. Her research addressed the relationships between social and musical identities in professional musicians. She also worked part-time as an RA for Sheffield Cognition and Neuro Imaging Lab, furthering her interest in clinical work. 

Previously, Dr. Gee was an part time post-doctoral researcher and founder member Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre, whilst teaching at The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University on a range of arts, health and wellbeing related courses.

Research Interests

  • Musical careers
  • Lifespan research 
  • Social and musical identities
  • Performance anxiety 
  • Mental health

Research and knowledge exchange

Blue Notes: a feasibility study for RCT using songwriting to improve and sustain mental health in a student population HEIF funded project (£7,210) February 2017-September 2017.

Exploring embodiment in the management of performance anxiety (September 2015 onwards)

Cross-validation of a scale to measure perfectionism in musicians. Interdisciplinary study with Dr. Andy Hill (York St. John) exploring the use of a sport's science measure of perfectionism in music. August 2016 - December 2017

Mastering the masterclass A series of small action research orientated projects examining the masterclass and pedagogical practice within higher education. Interdisciplinary project with Dr. Hawes. (Internally QR funded) April 2016 - December 2017.

Silent score reading with and without audio: An eye tracking study. Interdisciplinary study with Dr. Hawes. Laboratory study comparing score reading of ‘Saget Mir’ (Song V) from Schoenberg’s Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten (1908)

Work has been presented at:

  • ISPS2017: International Symposium on Performance Science, Reykjavik, September '17
  • ICMEM: International Conference on Multimodal Experience of Music, University of Sheffield, March '15
  • TCPM: Tracking the Creative Process, Paris, Oct '15
  • LTM21: Learning and Teaching Technologies in Music, Montreal, Nov '15

Knowledge Exchange Supporting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Education team with their industry and science reports for STROKESTRA

Teaching and subject expertise

MPSMD1SDF: Social and Developing Self – core social psychology (convenor 2013-current)

MPSMD1CSP: Classic Studies in Psychology (lecturer 2013-current)

MPSMD1PCP: Psychology Practicals (lecturer 2013-current)

MPSMD1KSP: Key Skills in Psychology 1 (tutor 2014- current)

MPSMD2KSP: Key Skills in Psychology 2 (tutor 2014- current)

MPSMD3KSP: Key Skills in Psychology 3 (tutor 2014-current)

MPSMD3PRR: Psychology Research Project (2013-current) Six to eight dissertation students per year, many but not all have an interest in psychology in the arts.

MPSMD2AMP: Applied Music Psychology (convenor 2014-16) Designed cross faculty course to support second year music and psychology students to learn about applied music psychology and design their own research projects, culminating in a mini conference. Course embeds employability skills into their learning, and has been presented at ‘HEPE – Higher Education Professionalism and Employability conference’. University of Nottingham, ‘Embedding employability skills within cross-faculty courses.’ April 2015

MPSTH4HWB: Health and Wellbeing (convenor 2015-current) Designed experiential course for postgraduate conversion course students to understand and examine mental health and wellbeing. Course reconsiders the traditional emphasis on biological and psychiatric models for ‘abnormal psychology,’ by engaging students with industry academics, practitioners, and service users. Course assessment focuses on developing personal reflective practice and effective ways to communicate science to the public through podcasting.

MPSTH4RES1: Research Methods 1 (lecturer 2016-current) Taught and redesigned the ‘introduction to qualitative research’ half of this course to embrace flipped classroom learning. The results of this change will be published as part of her PGCAP / HE Fellowship application.

PG Students

Katy Mortimer: Power posing and preparation for sight reading (MSc 2015-16, 1st Supervisor)

Rachel Waddingham: Exploring experiences of disclosure and non-disclosure amongst young adolescents who hear voices (MSc 2016 -2017, 1st Supervisor with Dr. Cooke) 

Tom Prosser: Exploring the use of mobile technology in student drinking behaviours. (PhD 2015-2019, 1st Supervisor with Dr.Jones)

James Murphy:

External activities

University of Kent (2015 - ongoing) Applied Music Psychology lecturing

Performance Anxiety Workshops - CCCU with Dr. Mark Uphill (2014 - ongoing)

Publications and research outputs

Music Psychology

Hawes, V., & Gee, K.A., (2016) Using eye tracking to re-examine the relationship between score-reading and listening. Psychology of Music (Under review April 2016)

Pitts, S.E., Dobson, M. C., Gee, K., Spencer, C.P., (2013) Views of an audience: understanding the orchestral concert experience from player and listener perspectives. Participations - Journal of Audience & Reception Studies. 10 (2) (November 2013)

Environmental Psychology

Spencer,   C.P.,& Gee, K.A., (2012)   Environmental Cognition. In V.S. Ramachandran (1st eds) Encyclopedia of Human Behavior. 2nd Eds Elsevier

Spencer,   C.P., & Gee, K.A., (2011) Environmental   Psychology. In P. K. Smith and C. H. Hart (eds): The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development.   (ch.11)Oxford: Wiley

Cognitive Neuroscience

Lee, K.H., Tsoi, D.T., Khokhar, W.A., Swalli, J.S., Gee, K., Pluck, G., Woodruff, P.W.R. (2012) CPT performance under parametric increase of working memory load in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research. 350-352

Tsoi, D.T., Lee, K.H., Khokhar, W.A., Mir, N.U., Swalli, J.S., Gee, K., Pluck, G., Woodruff, P.W., (2008) Is facial recognition impairment in schizophrenia identical for different emotions? A signal detection analysis. Schizophrenia Research. 99 (1-3): 263-269

Tsoi, D.T., Lee, K.H., Gee, K.A., Holden, K.L., Parks, R.W., Woodruff, P.W.R., (2008) Humour experience in schizophrenia: relationship with executive dysfunction and psychosocial impairment. 38 (6) 801 810


Contributions to articles

Music Education

Pitts, S.E. (2013) Would you credit it? Navigating the transitions between curricular and extra-curricular learning in university music departments. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. 12 194-203


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