Kitty holds a BA (1st Class Hons) in Linguistics from UCL, an MA (Distinction) in Cognition and Culture from Queen’s University, Belfast, and an MSc and PhD in Applied Social Psychology, both from Royal Holloway, University London. She was also the first Amy Buller PhD scholar at Cumberland Lodge (2014- 2017).
Her PhD research focused on the cognitive science of religion and morality, in particular moral transference. This refers to episodes where past (im)moral behaviour is displaced into the present, where past in-group behaviour is displaced onto us, and where moral imperatives are displaced onto other (e.g., supernatural) agents. Her main research interests are: moral cognition and extremism; religion and pro-sociality and religiosity and morality.
In March 2019, Kitty joined the Woolf Institute, Cambridge as a Researcher and Public Education Officer. As part of her work here she works on a project that seeks to develop a reliable set of indicators to measure the effectiveness of interfaith dialogue initiatives.