Carolyn’s first role on leaving school was with a small company where she trained as a visual merchandiser and graphic designer. Alongside this, she designed and made clothes, took commissions for portraits and murals, and advised on interior design.
While her children were young she did a range of jobs including teaching English as a foreign language before applying to study BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology and Computing at Bournemouth University. Following the BSc, she was awarded a funded place to study MSc Research Methods at Portsmouth University.
On completing the MSc, Carolyn secured her first academic role as part-time lecturer and part-time research assistant in the Department of Computer Science at Bournemouth University where she published her first academic paper, An investigation of machine learning based prediction systems, in the Journal of Systems and Software. This paper and has since been cited almost 500 times. Following this publiction, she was invited to undertake doctoral studies which she completed at Bournemouth University with a short spell at SISSA.
The PhD, Towards a further understanding of the binding problem, was followed by a postdoc at Brunel University London, and then a Senior Lectureship at Solent University where she was promoted to Reader, then full Professor. She left Solent in 2012 to take up her position at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London where she established the Psychology Department and was promoted to full Professor of Psychology for Fashion.
Carolyn was invited to join London College of Fashion (LCF), University of the Arts London (UAL) and establish the Psychology Department in 2012. She created the world’s first Masters and Bachelors degree programmes to apply Pscyhology specifically in the context of Fashion which began recruiting in 2014. Since that time, ‘fashion psychology’ has gained rapid momentum internationally.