Catherine Simmons, MSc

Peer Researcher

Catherine Simmons


MSc, Molecular Genetics, University of Salford, United Kingdom


Catherine is developing her practice as a mental wellness coach, encouraging her clients to make informed choices concerning their mental well-being using self-empowerment tools. She also works as an administrator for Community Futures British Columbia, which provides support to entrepreneurs in alignment with local community economic development in rural BC. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2002, following immigration to Canada from the UK, Catherine is particularly interested in the impact of life stages on mental health especially relating to motherhood and menopause, and values psychosocial and alternative approaches to medication therapy. She has over 15 years of experience in operational support for Biotech drug development, and is a certified practitioner of Emotional Freedom Techniques.

What I do when I'm not working

I have two teenage children, am an amateur photographer and nature lover, and enjoy having my dogs in tow while exploring the beauty of BC. I am a strong advocate of the ‘tea-break’ and can often be found indulging in tea and cake with my friends.




Social media/website

Coach Catherine on Facebook


Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
#420-5950 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3