Katie Overy graduated from the University of Edinburgh Faculty of Music in 1995 and went on to study the psychology of music with Eric Clarke at the University of Sheffield. Her doctoral research examined dyslexic children’s difficulties with musical timing and the potential of rhythm-based music lessons to support dyslexic children’s language and literacy skills.
While writing her doctoral thesis, Katie spent nine months at the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music, Hungary, studying the Kodaly approach to music education. Subsequently, she spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher with Gottfried Schlaug at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, learning fMRI techniques and collaborating on various neuroimaging studies of musical processing.
Since returning to Edinburgh University in 2004, she has worked with Nigel Osborne and Peter Nelson to establish the Institute for Music in Human and Social Developmentand the MSc Programme in Music in the Community.