Amy Fancourt 
Research Lead
Amy Fancourt is Research Lead for BrainCanDo. As Research Lead, Amy works to facilitate collaborative research with leading academic partners and has been involved in a number of projects exploring the impact of active musical engagement over adolescence, the power of self-affirmation on cognitive performance and the role of social networks in motivation contagion.
Prior to this, Amy completed a PhD in psychology at The University of London, Goldsmiths College, exploring the relationship between music and language cognition in children with Specific Language Impairment and retains an interest in the impact of music on child and adolescent outcomes.




Nancy Mulligan
Research Associate
Nancy Mulligan works as a Research Associate for BrainCanDo. She has an MSc in Occupational Psychology and is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist.
Nancy coordinates the external research projects with universities and internal research projects within QAS with staff and pupils. She helps to organise and run workshops, INSET training, conferences and symposia for BrainCanDo. She also is helping to develop an affiliate network of schools.
Prior to working at BrainCanDo, Nancy has worked in both the public and private sector as a consultant psychologist and more recently in local schools and in a pastoral role at Queen Anne’s School.




Catherine Lutz
Research Associate
Catherine Lutz is currently completing her PhD in sport psychology from the University of Essex and is a Research Associate for BrainCanDo, with a focus on delivering student workshops and presentations that inform students about educational neuroscience and mental tools they can use to reduce exam stress and increase confidence in the classroom.
Prior to working on her PhD, Catherine taught Physical Education at Queen Anne’s School and worked as a Mental Health Counselling intern in New York, while completing her MSc in Clinical Mental Health Counselling. She has also competed at a high level in sports, playing NCAA Division I basketball in the United States and competing in the highest professional basketball league in England.