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Dr Joshua Stott
1-19 Torrington Place
  • Principal Clinical Tutor
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
  • Lecturer in clinical Psychology
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I hold two roles at UCL. I am a Lecturer/Assistant Professor with a research programme focussing on the areas detailed in research summary and extensive project supervision experience (18 clinical psychology doctorates supervised to completion as of 12/2018).

I am also Clinical Director of the UCL Clinical Psychology Doctorate with overall responsibility for the practice based learning elements of the largest traing course for clinical psychologists in the country. I am an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist and experienced clinician with 13 years of post-qualification clinical practice working with people affected by dementia. I have developed services, supervised numerous trainee, assistant and qualified clinical psychologists in their clinical practice and edited a book on systemic psychotherapy with older people. I hold an honorary position with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation trust and am also a BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural therapist and have a post graduate diploma in clinical neuropsychology.

Research Summary
My research programme is grounded in clinical practice and focuses on dementia prevention assessment and intervention.

The role of Psychological therapies in dementia risk reduction
Anxiety and depression are risk factors for dementia. Starting in Spring 2019, I will co-lead (with Prof Marcus Richards) the Alzheimer's Society funded MODIFY project. In this project we will develop an innovative big-data resource by linking national Improving Access to Psychological therapies data to national dementia diagnosis data. We will then use this resource to answer important questions about whether treating anxiety and depression may reduce the risk of dementia.

Adapting psychological therapies for people with dementia

Anxiety and depression are common in dementia and associated with numerous adverse outcomes. Psychological therapies migh help with this. My ongoing fellowship work examines how we might optimally adapt psychological therapies that we know to be effective in people without dementia, for a dementia population. 

Peer support for people with rare dementias

The national dementia strategy recommded that all people affected by dementia should be offered structured peer support. However, there is very little work  examining the utility of this in people with rare dementias. I am Co-UCL lead and workstream lead on an ESRC-NIHR funded programme grant led by Prof Seb Crutch examining the outcomes and process of peer support in this group. I will contribute to all programme areas, but my workstream will focus on developing novel online interventions to deliver multicomponent peer suport for carers of people with Frontotemporal and other rare dementias. 

Adapting dementia screening tools for people with hearing impairment

Hearing loss is a key risk factor for dementia and commonly confounds screening in clinical practice. There are currently no dementia screening tools validated for people with hearing impairment. I am co-leading a project with Prof Doris Bamiou and Dr Sergi Costafredaz to address this through adapting and validating existing dementia screening tools for people with hearing impairment.

Other research areas

I collaborate with Prof Aimee Spector on research on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (the only NICE recommended psychosocial intervention for cognition in people with dementia). I am working with Prof Isky Gordon examining ways to increase uptake of advance directives. I have an interest in the experience of Autism in middle to late adulthood and supervise doctoral work in this area.

Teaching Summary

I teach on a variety of modules in the UCL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology  and facilitate sessions including clinical skills training, cognitive behavioural therapy, systemic therapy and neuropsychology. I jointly coordinate teaching related to older adults and systemic practice.

Academic Background
2010 P.Grad Dip Postgraduate Diploma – Neuropsychology University of Nottingham
2003 DClinPsy Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Clinical Psychology Royal Holloway
1998 BSc Bachelor of Science – Psychology University of Nottingham
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