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- Senior Lecturer
- Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
- Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
- Faculty of Brain Sciences
Born in Germany to a West German father and East German refugee mother, resident in London since the mid 1980s (an 'immigrant' according to prevailing language).
I warmly welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in areas that match my research.
For reports on our latest project 'Intellectual Disabilities: Raising Awareness and Combating Stigma - A Global Review' please visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ciddr/publications
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 experiences by people with ID in Sub-Saharan Africa.
I led a scoping review of policies and actions e in place around the globe to raise awareness of ID and tackle stigma in line with Article 8 of the 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, published in July 2015. Funded by UCL's Global Challenges Health scheme and the Royal Mencap Society.
3. 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).
I am 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 and the effects of educational background on selection across UK training providers, funded by the Clearing House for Clinical Psychology.
Current training related projects:
Strategic Lead for a mentoring scheme for psychology graduates from BAME backgrounds, funded by the BPS DCP.
Jointly with the DCP Inclusivity Strategy, we are studying experiences of mental ill-health and the potential role of mental health stigma within the profession of clinical psychology, both at qualified and training level.
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
|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|