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Dr Katrina Scior
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 2076791845
Fax: 2079161989
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Katrina Scior, BSc DClinPsy PhD, is a clinical psychologist, trainer and researcher, with special expertise in the area of intellectual disability. She is a Founder Member of UCL's Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research (CIDDR - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ciddr), an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Training Lead for the Society's Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Member of IASSID, and Expert Adviser to Mencap.

She warmly welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in areas that match her research interests.

See her team's latest call to for global action to challenge intellectual disability stigma in the Lancet Global Health, May 2016: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/issue/current

For the full report behind this article please visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ciddr/publications

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Research Summary

My research mainly focuses on societal responses and health care provision relating to people with intellectual disabilities. Four core research themes (for more details see publications):

1. Intellectual disability stigma among lay people

My group studies processes involved in intellectual disability (ID) stigma, including the role of culture and religious contexts. We are examining methods of studying ID stigma, such as explicit and implicit attitudes, and the relationship between these and real life behaviour.

2. Interventions aimed at tackling prejudice and discrimination towards people with intellectual disabilities

We are developing and testing interventions designed to raise awareness of ID and tackle stigma among children and adults in the general population, with an emphasis on multimedia interventions and those that can be delivered via the web.

International work: We are working with partners in Nigeria and Kenya to identify suitable methods to combat the intense stigma experienced by people with ID in Sub-Saharan Africa.

3. Health care delivery for people with intellectual disabilities

I am particularly interested in understanding the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities and their carers of mental health care delivery from their perspective. For a recent summary see chapter 'Service users' and carers' experiences of mental health services' in Hemmings & Bouras (Eds) (2016): Psychiatric and Behavioral Disorders in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

4. Clinical Psychology Training
I am committed to ensuring fair access to clinical psychology and wider participation of members of underrepresented groups. To this end I combine research and action e.g. in the following projects:

  • Mentoring scheme for psychology graduates from BAME backgrounds, with Kat Alcock, UCL. Funded by the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP).
  • Experiences of mental health problems and the potential role of mental health stigma within the profession of clinical psychology, in collaboration with the BPS DCP.
  • Support of disclosure of mental health problems by mental health professionals, with support from Prof. Pat Corrigan and International Honest Open Proud (HOP) network: http://comingoutproudprogram.org.
Teaching Summary

Academic Director, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, UCL

Training Lead, Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities, British Psychological Society

Teaching input to:

BSc Psychology, UCL

MSc Research Methods in Psychology, UCL

IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) Low Intensity Training Course, UCL

Academic Background
2012 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology University College London
1996 DClinPsy Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Clinical Psychology University of East London
1991 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Psychology and Womens Studies Middlesex Polytechnic
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