Local mum graduates with a PhD

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An Arbroath mother of two has graduated with a PhD from the University of Dundee after her work into cancer research.

Dr Catherine Paterson, daughter of Maria Woolfries, is a native of Auchmithie and attended Inverkeilor Primary and Arbroath Academy.

She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing from Robert Gordon University before working at Foresterhill Hospital in Aberdeen for NHS Grampian.

Dr Paterson then went to work for cancer charity UCAN, that specialise in urological cancers at Aberdeen University where she undertook her masters degree while pregnant.

She graduated with a distinction, completing the course just two weeks before giving birth to her daughter.

Catherine and her husband Nathan then moved back to Arbroath, where she was given the opportunity to study for her PhD at the University of Dundee, during which time they welcomed their son.

Her PhD project focused on exploring prostate cancer survivors’ self-management behaviours and social supportive experiences.

And she recently graduated.

She works at the University of Dundee specialising in cancer research at the school of nursing and midwifery.