Kirstie discovered the wonder of brain imaging at the University of British Columbia during a masters degree in Medical Physics. She completed a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 and joins the Turing Institute from a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Psychiatry. She is an Fulbright scholarship alumna and 2016/17 Mozilla Fellow for Science. Kirstie was named, with her collaborator Petra Vertes, as a 2016 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine.
Adolescence is a period of human brain growth and high incidence of mental health disorders. Kirstie's research uses magnetic resonance images to understand changes in the brain's structure and function that underlie the emergence of schizophrenia and depression. Her work considers the brain as a network and investigates how different brain regions work together. She is particularly passionate about ensuring that work is reproducible and can be replicated in independent data sets. Her focus at the Turing Institute is to improve the generalisability of research findings so they may be translated to the clinic and used by public health policy makers.