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Dr Katrina Scior
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 2076791845
Fax: 2079161989
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Clinical, Educational & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Language Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Themes
Research Summary

My research is mainly focussed on societal responses and health service provision relating to people with intellectual disabilities. Four core themes in current and recent research:


1. Intellectual disability literacy and stigma among lay people
Lay perceptions and responses can have a strong influence on the well-being and social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. We have studied lay knowledge and attitudes regarding intellectual disability, as well as causal and intervention beliefs in different cultural, religious and national contexts, with a view to identifying the processes involved in intellectual disability stigma and discrimination (see publications). In order to understand these processes further in cross-cultural contexts, joint studies are currently underway with colleagues at the Universities of Kuwait and Vienna. 

To date, the evidence on lay attitudes towards this population is almost entirely derived from explicit, self-report attitude measures, which render the findings questionable at best. We have developed a test to examine implicit associations (attitudes less accessible to consciousness)  to intellectual disability and have examined the relationship between explicit attitudes, implicit 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

Past research indicates that direct contact with individuals with intellectual disabilities is the most promising route to achieving positive attitude change. However, contact based interventions are hard to provide and control on a large scale, thus limiting their widespread use. We have piloted brief internet delivered film based interventions aimed at tackling prejudice and discrimination towards people with intellectual disabilities at general population level (Walker & Scior, 2013; Seewooruttun & Scior, in preparation).

3. Health service 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 both specialist and mainstream services for individuals who experience mental health problems secondary to their intellectual disability (see publications). To enhance our understanding of health inequalities experienced by people with intellectual disabilities, we are currently studying potential barriers to high quality health care at primary care level and among medical students (Ryan, Buczewisz, Strydom & Scior, in progress).


4. Clinical Psychology Training
I am committed to ensuring fair access to the profession of clinical psychology. To this end we have studied potential causes of the underrepresentation of individuals from BME backgrounds among DClinPsy students (see publications). We have recently completed a project examining the effect of educational background on selection for clinical psychology training across UK training providers, funded by the Clearing House for Clinical Psychology (Scior, Williams & King, under review).

Teaching Summary

Academic Director, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Teaching input also provided to:

BSc Psychology, UCL

MSc Research Methods in Psychology, UCL


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