Cathy has been working as a physiotherapist specialising in cerebral palsy for 10 years, and from 2012 as a researcher at the Research Institute of Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

She is a Research Fellow at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute involved in coordinating the development of an international network of researchers focussed on cure and prevention of cerebral palsy (IMPACT for CP).

In 2016, Cathy was awarded her PhD from The University of Notre Dame Australia and was the recipient of an NHMRC/Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation Doctoral Scholarship. Her doctoral research was in the area of early detection and motor learning interventions for infants at high risk of cerebral palsy. This program of research continues for her postdoctoral research.