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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

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in areas that match my research.

Research Themes
Research Summary

My research mainly focuses on societal responses and health care provision relating to people with intellectual disabilities. Four core research themes:

1. Intellectual disability literacy and stigma among lay people

We have studied lay knowledge and attitudes and beliefs regarding intellectual disability in different cultural and religious contexts, with a view to identifying processes involved in intellectual disability stigma (see publications). 

We are examining implicit associations to intellectual disability and the relationship between these and explicit attitudes and stigma among lay people in the UK (Wilson & Scior, in preparation).

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

We have piloted brief internet delivered film based interventions that combine education and contact to tackle prejudice and discrimination towards people with intellectual disabilities at general population level (Walker & Scior, 2013; Seewooruttun, Alam & Scior, in preparation).

We are currently undertaking a scoping review to assess what policies and actions are in place around the globe to promote the equal rights and freedoms of people with intellectual disabilities around the globe, and in particular to counter negative attitudes, prejudice and discrimination, in line with Article 8 of the 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. Joint Lead with Maria Kett, Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre. Funded by UCL's Global Challenges Small Grants scheme.   

2. Health care delivery for people with intellectual disabilities

We have completed a number of projects examining the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities and their carers of health services for individuals who experience mental health problems (see publications). Other work focuses on tackling health inequalities experienced by people with intellectual disabilities (Buczewisz, Ryan, Strydom & Scior, in progress).

I am also co-applicant on a study examining the feasibility of an Enhanced Brief Intervention to tackle Alcohol Misuse in people with Learning Disabilities (EBI-LD), funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit scheme. Lead: Dr Christos Kouimtsidis.

4. Clinical Psychology Training
I am committed to ensuring fair access to clinical psychology. To this end we have studied potential causes of the underrepresentation of individuals from BAME backgrounds in the profession (see publications), and the effects of educational background on selection across UK training providers, funded by the Clearing House for Clinical Psychology (Scior, Williams & King, under review). We are currently developing mentoring for psychology graduates from BAME backgrounds, funded by the BPS DCP.

Teaching Summary

Academic Director, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Teaching input also provided to:

BSc Psychology, UCL

MSc Research Methods in Psychology, UCL

IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) Low Intensity Training Course, UCL & Institute of Psychiatry 

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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