Katherine Ko

Katherine Ko

PhD Student

Macquarie University

Research Interests

Katherine’s research focuses on the physiological correlates of anxiety in children with dyslexia. The aim of her project is to develop an objective and valid measure of anxiety that can be used in a range of real-life situations, and to use this measure to identify the different types of anxiety that are experienced by children with dyslexia. She is also interested in mobile health (mHealth) technology and the neural signatures of emotional problems in individuals across the lifespan. 



Katherine completed a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Clinical Psychology (Summa Cum Laude) at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. She commenced her combined PhD/Master of Clinical Neuropsychology in Macquarie University in 2020 with an International Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship. Katherine is currently supervised by Dr. Carly Johnco and Dr. Lisi Beyersmann with the support of Professor Genevieve McArthur. Her research involves the recording of physiological measures (e.g., heart rate, skin conductance) as individuals engage in a range of reading and social stress tasks.


Katherine holds a full registration as a Clinical Psychologist in the Philippines with nine years of clinical experience in conducting neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments for patients across the lifespan. Moreover, Katherine was previously employed as a lecturer at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines where she taught several undergraduate courses and was awarded for her outstanding performance as a faculty member. She was an active faculty researcher and pursued projects in relation to mHealth application development and internet gaming disorder.

Currently, Katherine is a sessional academic in the School of Psychological Sciences at Macquarie University. She has also been employed as a research assistant on various projects.